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Poorly protected areas: human impacts are destroying nature’s safeguards

Since Yellowstone National Park became the world's first nationally designated protected area in 1872, nations around the world have created more than 200,000 terrestrial protected areas. Clumped together they would cover all of Latin America - from Mexico to the southern tip of Chile -... click to read more

  • Kendall R. Jones | PhD student at Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Conservation Program, Bronx, NY 10460, USA; School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • James E. M. Watson | Professor at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Centre for Conservation and Biodiversity Science, The University of Queensland, Australia; Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Conservation Program, Bronx, NY, USA
Views 281
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 7, 2018
Seal poo unravels the microplastic journey through marine food webs

Plastic pollution is now one of the most widespread and significant threats facing our oceans. Microplastics (pieces less than 5 mm in size), in particular, have been in the spotlight for a number of reasons. Firstly, there's so many of them! Microplastics come from a... click to read more

  • Sarah Nelms | PhD student at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Views 1819
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 8, 2018
How to search for water on Mars

The presence of water is considered a necessary condition for the existence of life as we know it. Even if Mars is today a cold and arid place, there is ample evidence that things were different in the past, and that rivers, lakes and perhaps... click to read more

  • Roberto Orosei | Staff researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Istituto di Radioastronomia, Bologna, Italy
Views 303
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 1, 2018
The closest dwarf planet to the Earth is alive

In our solar system, together with the planets, there are other small bodies: asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets, which keep memory of an ancient past. This because they are considered primordial, and as such, they can tell something of the dawn of our solar system. Between... click to read more

  • Andrea Raponi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, INAF, Roma, Italy
Views 424
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 5, 2018
The Star That Wouldn’t Die

Stars might seem eternal, but, like people, they are born, evolve and eventually die. A star will spend most of its life converting hydrogen into helium, a nuclear fusion process that produces energy which the star uses to hold itself up against its own gravity... click to read more

  • Iair Arcavi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Physics Broida Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Views 644
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 14, 2018