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Environment May 06, 2021

Flooding might triple in the mountains of Asia due to global warming

The "Third Pole" of the Earth, the high mountain ranges of Asia, bears the largest number of glaciers outside the polar regions. A Sino-Swiss research team has revealed the dramatic increase in flood risk that could occur ...

Space Exploration May 03, 2021

How salty is Enceladus' ocean under the ice?

An icy satellite of Saturn, Enceladus, has been a subject of increasing interest in recent years since Cassini captured jets of water and other material being ejected out of the south pole of the moon. One particularly tantalizing ...

Astronomy Apr 29, 2021

We could detect alien civilizations through their interstellar quantum communication

Since the mid-20th century, scientists have been looking for evidence of intelligent life beyond our solar system. For much of that time, scientists who are engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) have ...

Earth Sciences Apr 29, 2021

Flies grow bigger up north: Insect size a promising new proxy for palaeoclimate

Scientists use many proxies to reconstruct Earth's ancient climates. Pollen, diatoms, geochemical isotopes and fossils, for example, all contribute to piecing together past-climate puzzles. The ubiquity and wide geographic ...

Plants & Animals Apr 19, 2021

Human land-use and climate change will have significant impact on animal genetic diversity

Over the last 200 years, researchers have worked towards understanding the global distribution of species and ecosystems. But so far even the basic knowledge on the global geography of genetic diversity was limited.

Evolution Apr 14, 2021

Leopards from Africa and Asia are genetically distinct, reveals DNA analysis of museum specimens

A small group of leopards migrated to Asia about half a million years ago following their evolution in Africa, a new study suggests.

Evolution Apr 13, 2021

DNA of African and Asian leopards reveal big differences between the two

Leopards are among the most widespread carnivores today, living in a wide range of habitats, from deserts to rainforests, and from the lowland plains to the mountainous highlands.

Astronomy Apr 09, 2021

What are the best ways to search for technosignatures?

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has long roots in human history. With the advent of modern technologies, scientists were finally able to start scanning the skies for any sign of life. When the search ...

Plants & Animals Apr 07, 2021

Too many bears and penguins: Cartoons forget indigenous fauna when they warn of the risks of climate change

Sara Moreno, Tatiana Pina and Martí Domínguez, researchers at the University of Valencia, have shown the over-representation of iconic animals of climate change, such as polar bears and penguins, in cartoons that address ...

Plants & Animals Apr 02, 2021

How polar bears maintained highly specialized diets during periods of Arctic warming—until now

Polar bears are often considered the poster-child species for climate change impacts. With global warming and sea-ice declines, it becomes harder for polar bears to hunt their preferred prey—seals. Increased global temperatures ...

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