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Science News Articles for Tuesday, July 22 2014
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Study says raising beef creates more pollution than pork, poultry or dairy

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

Gut bacteria allow packrats to munch on toxic plants

Woodrats native to western North American deserts lose their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics kill their gut microbes, University of Utah biologists have found. Conversely, specimens that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters.

Sandstone shapes 'forged by gravity'

Geologists have discovered the secret that gives dramatic natural sandstone monuments their shape: gravity.

Last June hottest since NOAA records began

Last month was the hottest June since records began in 1880, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly global analysis. In the report, the NOAA say that the combined average temperature over both land and sea was 0.72 degrees centigrade higher than the 20th Century average, with global land surface temperatures being 0.95 degrees centigrade higher than the 20th Century average of 13.3 degrees centigrade.

Seals feast on invertebrates that collect near offshore wind farms

Recent studies on the subject prove that scientists were right about the reasons for marine life thriving near offshore structures of wind farms. Marine biologists tracked 2 group of seals at two different wind farms. Many crustaceans and small fish generally live around the surface of the sea and close to giant columns that stretch to the ocean floor.