Outstanding for the past 15 million years: Swiss Alps have influenced Europe’s climate since the Miocene

New parasitic coral reef crustacean named after late reggae performer Bob Marley

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 12:04 PM PDT

President Barack Obama has one. Comedian Stephen Colbert has one. Elvis Presley has one. Even computer software magnate Bill Gates has one. And now, Bob Marley — the late popular Jamaican singer and guitarist — also has one. So what is it that each of these luminaries have? The answer: they each have a biological species that has been named after them.

First seabed sonar to measure marine energy effect on environment and wildlife

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 10:28 AM PDT

UK scientists will measure the effect on the marine environment and wildlife of devices that harness tide and wave energy using sonar technology that has, for the first time, been successfully deployed on the seabed.

Outstanding for the past 15 million years: Swiss Alps have influenced Europe’s climate since the Miocene

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 06:34 AM PDT

Switzerland’s highest peaks in the geologically young central Alps have been this high for quite some time, as a new study shows. 15 million years ago Europe’s own mountain range was at least as high as today. Scientists compared the isotopic ratios of water and oxygen in rocks in the Alps and Alpine foreland and were able to determine the height of the peaks in the past.

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