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Life after death? Fossil survival strategy rediscovered in living corals

Water warming is killing corals, but not only in tropical seas as most people know. In temperate seas like the Mediterranean summer heatwaves are causing mass mortalities in many marine organisms, corals included. The Mediterranean Sea hosts a single reef-builder coral: Cladocora caespitosa. In the past,... click to read more

  • Diego-Kurt Kersting | Juan de la Cierva Researcher at Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia, Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBIO), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Cristina Linares | Associate Professor at Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia, Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBIO), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Views 210
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 2, 2020
Climatic Changes for Earths in Sun-like Stellar Binaries

The mild oscillation of Earth's axial tilt, or obliquity, over time is less than a few degrees and is one of the reasons that complex lifeforms prospered on our planet. Will this be true if the giant planets are replaced by a Sun-like star? Alpha... click to read more

  • Billy Quarles | Research Scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Views 310
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 29, 2020
Groundwater pumping poses worldwide threat to riverine ecosystems

We pump too much water out of the ground, impacting our rivers worldwide. In our study, we estimate that almost 20% of the catchments where groundwater is pumped for drinking water or to grow food suffer from low flows that are too low to sustain... click to read more

  • Inge de Graaf | Assistant Professor at University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Views 329
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 25, 2020
Of pig-tails and palm oil: How rat-eating macaques increase oil palm sustainability

African oil palm is the world's most efficient oil crop yielding 5-10 times more oil per hectare than other oil crops. However, the establishment of large monocultures has driven deforestation and habitat loss for local wildlife in producer countries. Malaysia supplies ca. 30% for the... click to read more

  • Nadine Ruppert | Senior Lecturer at School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  • Anna Holzner | PhD student at School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia; Institute of Biology, University of Leipzig; Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Anja Widdig | Group leader at Institute of Biology, University of Leipzig; Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig; German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig
Views 752
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 19, 2020
Pliocene sea level snapshots

How much are the seas ultimately going to rise is a question scientists are still struggling to answer. To understand the polar ice sheets' sensitivity to current global warming, we draw on evidence from periods in the geologic record when Earth's climate was warmer than... click to read more

  • Oana A. Dumitru | PhD student at School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Florida, USA
  • Bogdan P. Onac | Professor at School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Florida, USA
Views 306
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Jun 18, 2020