SCIENCE IN THE NEWS WEEKLY
Greenland Ice Loss 30 Percent Faster Than a Decade Ago
Greenland's glaciers are melting at an increasing rate, though not at the breakneck pace that scientists once feared, a new study has found.
In other environmental news, researchers have found in long-term studies that some plants are flowering up to eight times faster than computer models anticipate.
Genetically modified crops in the Midwest and South are having unanticipated consequences, including "Trojan corn," "super weeds" and the disappearance of monarch butterflies.
More water moved into and out of the atmosphere in 2000 than in 1950, making parts of the world's oceans saltier and fresher waters less salty, researchers report.
Pacific reef shark populations have declined by 90 percent or more over the past several decades, according to a new study, and much of this decline stems from human fishing pressure. It seems that shark populations fare worse the closer they are to people--even if the nearest population is an atoll with fewer than 100 residents.
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VIDEO: The Promise and Peril of Drones
The automation of tasks at work and at home is just around the corner, including driving cars, piloting planes, delivering packages, and transporting weapons. Unmanned aerial vehicles are rapidly evolving to meet both society’s and the military’s needs in automation and better efficiency.
During her time as one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy, Dr. Missy Cummings observed that computers could take off and land a plane more precisely than humans. Because of this breakthrough and her fascination with this growing technology, she began human–drone interaction research.
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