Historic legacy of lead pollution persists despite regulatory efforts
Efforts to reduce lead pollution have paid off in many ways, yet the problem persists and will probably continue to affect the health of people and animals well into the future, according to experts speaking at the annual ...
Unexpected ice-formation mechanism
(PhysOrg.com) -- Extremely hydrophobic materials cause water to roll right off objects that have been coated with them. Up to now, it was assumed that aircraft or wind turbines coated in such a way did not ...
Flowering plant found at record 4,505m in Swiss alps
A flowering plant has been found at an altitude of above 4,505 metres (14,780 feet) on the central Swiss alps -- a European record, Basel University said Tuesday.
World's longest tunnel breaks down Swiss Alpine barrier (Update 2, Pictures)
A giant drilling machine punched its way through a final section of Alpine rock on Friday to complete the world's longest tunnel, after 15 years of sometimes lethal construction work.
New research shows rivers cut deep notches in the Alps' broad glacial valleys
For years, geologists have argued about the processes that formed steep inner gorges in the broad glacial valleys of the Swiss Alps.
Can biodiversity persist in the face of climate change?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Predictions made over the last decade about the impacts of climate change on biodiversity may be exaggerated, according to a paper published in the journal Science.
Landslide mapping in the Swiss Alps to aid in development of safe, durable infrastructure
Archived radar data from the Envisat mission are playing an important role in mapping landslides in Switzerland. The mission's vast archives continue to prove useful for mapping ground deformation.
'Particle soup' discovery will improve climate predictions
(PhysOrg.com) -- New research from scientists at The University of Manchester is set to improve predictions about climate and air quality - and make life easier for those suffering from respiratory problems.
Swiss warn massive ice chunk may break off glacier
A massive part of a glacier the size of 12 football fields in the Swiss Alps could break off, local authorities warned, after the discovery of an enormous crevasse in the glacier.
Can we predict which species will be able to move far or fast enough to track changing climate?
As global temperatures rise, suitable sites for many plants and animals are shifting to cooler and higher ground. Can we predict which species will be able to move far or fast enough to keep up? A new study says the secrets ...
Seismic diagrams identify rock-falls
(PhysOrg.com) -- Based on the statistical analysis of 20 rock-falls in the Alps and the seismic signals recorded at the same time, ETH Zurich scientists have developed a new method allowing the volume and ...
Fledgling ecosystem at Chicken Creek lets scientists observe how soil, flora and fauna develop
How do ecosystems develop? No one really knows, yet. There is however one project, unique in the world, seeking to answer this question. In a former open-pit coal mining area in Brandenburg, Germany, a surface ...