‘Scars’ left by icebergs record West Antarctic ice retreat

Thousands of marks on the Antarctic seafloor, caused by icebergs which broke free from glaciers more than ten thousand years ago, show how part...

Marine microbiology: Scavenging to survive below the seafloor

Microorganisms living in the sediments buried below the seafloor obtain their nutrients by using secreted enzymes to degrade adsorbed detritus. A new study shows...

New fractal-like concentrating solar power receivers are better at absorbing sunlight

Engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at absorbing...

Among ‘green’ energy, hydropower is the most dangerous

Many governments are promoting a move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources. However, in a new study, scientists highlight some of the...

Marine species threatened by deep-sea mining

Underwater mining poses a great danger to animals inhabiting the seafloors. A new research study describes the most abundant species, a sponge, which can...

Living close to green spaces is associated with better attention in children

How do green spaces affect cognitive development in children? A new study concludes that children with more greenness around their homes may develop better...

Non-native species do not make native fish more vulnerable to pollution in Mediterranean rivers

The presence of exotic fish in rivers does not alter the native fish response to the environmental pollution, according to an article.

Deforestation linked to palm oil production is making Indonesia warmer, study finds

In the past decades, large areas of forest in Sumatra, Indonesia, have been replaced by cash crops like oil palm and rubber plantations. New...

Determining when humans started impacting the planet on a large scale

Humans have so profoundly altered the Earth that, some scientists argue, our current geologic epoch requires a new name: the Anthropocene. But defining the...

Some infant rice cereals contain elevated levels of methylmercury

Eating large amounts of certain fish can expose consumers to methylmercury, which can potentially cause health problems. But recent research has shown that rice...

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