Earth & Space
Likely increase in coral thermal tolerance at a Pacific archipelago
Coral reefs are remarkable ecosystems estimated to harbour over a quarter of all marine biodiversity. They create habitat for seafood species that in turn provide protein for millions of people, support coastal tourism and fisheries and protect coastal communities from storms and flooding. Yet, reef-building... click to read more
Earth’s large lakes are shrinking
Lakes are a crucial source of Earth's freshwater, providing various ecosystem and socioeconomic services. They offer water and food supply, habitats for waterbirds, nutrient cycling, recreational activities, navigation, and hydropower generation. The usesof lakes are heavily influenced by their water volumes, which can be affected... click to read more
Gas in distant galaxies: mixed or matched?
Illustration realized in the framework of a collaboration between the Image/Recit option of the HEAD (Haute École d'Art et de Design) - Genève and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva.
What is a galaxy? The common conception of a galaxy, in which it... click to read more
The astonishing jet of an extreme gamma-ray burst
Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are short duration transient phenomena lasting from a few seconds to hundreds of seconds. These bursts are localized on the sky using gamma-ray detectors onboard satellites orbiting Earth. The satellites pinpoint the direction of the burst, allowing astronomers to rapidly point their... click to read more
On how to use earthquakes to study a volcano
The occurrence of earthquakes preceding or during volcanic eruptions has been known since ancient times. The first-time earthquakes associated with a volcano eruption in scientific literature were in the description of the Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD by Pliny the Younger. At that time, neither... click to read more