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18Feb 20
Forest Fires Increase Bee Population

Forest fires increase bee population

Human-controlled prescribed forest fires have increased bee populations. The scheduled burnings open up the treetops to admit sunlight. And the fires create nutrients for the soil. This helps flowers grow. Bees are attracted to flowers, so they flock to the forest. The bees then help produce more flowers through pollination.

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05Oct 18

Scientists eavesdrop on narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale. They live in Arctic waters. Because the male has a long, spiraling single tusk, narwhals are known as the unicorns of the sea. Researchers wanted to know more about these elusive creatures. So they attached recording devices to their backs. The devices were stuck…

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14Aug 17

How “corn sweat” added to heat misery in Midwest

A growing corn plant pulls moisture out of the soil, and some of that moisture escapes through the leaves and into the atmosphere. This process is known as transpiration and is often referred to as “corn sweat.” The more moisture released in the air raises the humidity and the temperature.…

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BBC News - Science & Environment

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Video: The Northern Lights

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View a time lapse video of the aurora borealis at Kirkjufell, Iceland.

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