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The Pacific is drowning in plastic

Halfway between the coastal beaches of Southern California and the paradise islands of Hawaii lies the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) - a patch of plastic debris covering a vast area of the oceanic surface. Despite the name, it is not a compact garbage island... click to read more

  • Beata Kusmider | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 324
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 15, 2019
Environmental change and fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds: what is the gap to bridge?

There is now much scientific evidence to suggest that our planet's environment is changing rapidly and that this poses an ever-increasing risk to human health and our food systems. Changes such as agricultural land degradation, water shortages, rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns can affect... click to read more

  • Carmelia Alae-Carew | Research Assistant at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  • Pauline Scheelbeek | Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Views 953
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 3, 2019
Staying ahead of the wave: predicting fishing efforts in a changing world to save biodiversity

An ecosystem is a community of all living organisms in a certain area, including human beings. In the marine ecosystem, for instance, every organism living in the ocean (fish, animal, plant, etc.) has its own role within the community. This balance can be ruined by... click to read more

Views 449
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 25, 2019
To See a World in a Grain of Interplanetary Dust

With each new spacecraft launch, we become more familiar with today's Solar System, from our nearest neighbor planets to those in cold and distant outer orbits, yet the details of how the Solar System formed and evolved to its present state remain a mystery. We... click to read more

  • Hope A. Ishii | Professor at Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Views 405
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 22, 2019
Methane ice dunes on Pluto

Prior to NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto in July 2015, the highest resolution image of the dwarf planet was just twelve pixels across the whole world. New Horizons' images, from its single 30000 mph fly-by, were at best around 80 m per pixel, and... click to read more

  • Matt Telfer | Lecturer at School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
Views 337
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 18, 2019