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Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
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Middle Earth's Smaug Not So Bad for the Environment
7 February 2014 10:15 am
We all know that smog is bad for the environment—but what about Smaug? A new tongue-in-cheek analysis of Middle Earth’s famous dragon suggests that the beast’s methane-rich fire breath is only a minimal contributor to the fantasy world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, according to a blog posted last week by the Climate Systems Analysis Group, the horses of the Riders of Rohan have a much greater carbon footprint; they produce the methane emissions of more than 68 dragons.
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