When Greenland was green in warmer times

From the University of Vermont Science: There’s something ancient in the icebox Researchers find 3-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything—vegetation, soil, and even the top layer of bedrock. So scientists were greatly surprised to discover…

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Decision in the Mann/UVa case, a blow to open science

Supreme Court of VA sides with University, secrecy, and Mann.  The previously claimed destruction of Mann emails now to begin. In this appeal, we consider whether the Circuit Court of Prince William County (“trial court”) erred by denying a request for disclosure of certain documents under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (“VFOIA”), Code §…

Tilted planets may actually have more life favorable climate

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according to new modeling by NASA and university scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The climate effects generated on these wobbling worlds could prevent them from turning…