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April 14, 2014

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12:15 AM | Ancient viruses sound scary, but there’s no need to panic
By Jennifer McKimm-Breschkin, Virology Project Leader You may have seen recently that scientists recovered and “revived” a giant virus from Siberian permafrost (frozen soil) that dates back 30,000 years. The researchers raised concerns that drilling in the permafrost may expose us to many more pathogenic viruses. Should we be worried about being infected from the […]

April 08, 2014

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10:17 PM | The ground changing under our feet – Thermokarsts
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – Jason Dobkowski stands on the shores of Wolverine Lake. His research site is located in the North Slope of Alaska, nestled near the remote foothills of the Brooks Range. "I’m here studying permafrost thaw slump which is depositing silt and material into the lake behind me. And that material, the silt and the minerals and the frozen carbon, affects the lake in a lot of different ways. It can change the chemistry and the... Read more
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10:17 PM | The ground changing under our feet – Thermokarsts
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – Jason Dobkowski stands on the shores of Wolverine Lake. His research site is located in the North Slope of Alaska, nestled near the remote foothills of the Brooks Range. "I’m here studying permafrost thaw slump which is depositing silt and material into the lake behind me. And that material, the silt and the minerals and the frozen carbon, affects the lake in a lot of different ways. It can change the chemistry and the... Read more
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12:49 PM | Permafrost thawing could accelerate global warming
A team of researchers lead by Florida State University have […]

March 20, 2014

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9:24 PM | Strawberry poison frogs feed their babies poison eggs
The Strawberry poison frog lavishes care upon its offspring. It’s just that kind of frog. In the March issue of Ecology, Stynoski et al. report that it also feeds its progeny poison. Also in this issue: P value debates, arctic warming, and estimating the success of biological invasions.

March 17, 2014

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7:59 PM | Defrosted Moss Sprouts Anew After 1,500 years in Antarctic Permafrost
Last year I blogged about the surprising discovery that mosses released after 400 years of frozen glacial ensquashment had managed to survive and sprout new growth, a finding that radically altered... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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