Environment

With the Genetics and Genomics 2016 virtual conference now on demand, we are extending the genetics conversation into this month with a new infographic. Epigenetics has been in the news quite a bit lately as researchers have been able to learn more about its process and influences. It turns out that epigenetics is an ever-changing...

Welcome to the New Year! For LabRoots, the New Year brings the launch of our new Trending newsletter by category! Beginning in January, the Trending newsletter will get a face-lift. Our general Trending newsletter will still be coming to you two days per week. In order to offer you added information and news on the...

While not normally thought of as a club hopping creature capable of glowing in the dark and poisoning predators, the “disco clam” or Ctenoides ales as it is formally known, has been impressing researchers with its ability to light up the sea floor. A team of researchers from the University of California-Berkley presented their findings on...

This year, from December 14 2014 to January 5, 2015, Christmas lights, Hanukah candles, holiday parties and New Year’s celebrations will not be the only traditions observed. The National Audubon Society will hold its 115th annual Christmas Bird Count. Thought to be the largest citizen science endeavor, the CBC is comprised of over 30,000 volunteers worldwide....

After multiple months of waiting for final permits, the Oakland Zoo has acquired the necessary state and federal permits to help save the Mountain Yellow-Legged frog, a highly endangered amphibian. This frog species, which once hopped throughout California’s upper elevations, has dropped significantly in numbers, more than ninety percent in the past decade, due in...

While not normally thought of as a dodgy character, the sea trout, a distant cousin of the Norwegian Salmon has a lot of secrets. Researcher Jan G. Davidson and his graduate students are on the case and trying to decipher the development and habits of the sea trout and in the process hopefully discover why...

With all the doom and gloom about climate change and vanishing species, it’s sometimes nice to hear about an environmental success story. Here’s one. According to recent research from the University of Washington, the California blue whale population is back to near historic levels. Once hunted nearly to extinction, this is the only population of...

Poet and philosopher G.K. Chesterton once said: “One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.” And this couldn’t be more true for a team of researchers led by palebiologist Richard Norris of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, who together embarked upon unveiling the mystery of Death Valley’s ‘sailing...

Those drawings your preschooler did that are hanging on the refrigerator may predict how many A’s might appear on his or her middle school report card. A study published in Psychological Science found that the accuracy of a child’s observational skills as demonstrated by their drawings is tied directly to their level of intelligence in...

Imagine if we could produce and store energy from the sun the way plants do. We would have a basically unlimited supply of fuel without generating any pollution. A dream? Yes, but one that is a bit closer to reality thanks to research conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since sunlight is only available during the...