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An exoplanet with glowing water reveals its nature

Space-based observatories such as the Hubble Space Telescope are providing valuable insights into the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system, known as "exoplanets". We have recently used Hubble to uncover the most compelling evidence to date for a stratosphere layer on one such exoplanet,... click to read more

  • Tom Evans | Research Fellow at College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
Views 908
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 24, 2018
The escape of the Sun’s fraternal twin

Roughly half of all stars are in multiple systems (binaries, triples etc), which means that two or more stars orbit each other because of their mutual gravitational pull. For stars of about the mass and age of the Sun, the average separation between companion stars... click to read more

  • Sarah Sadavoy | Hubble Fellow at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, United States
  • Steven Stahler | Associate Researcher at University of California, Berkeley, Department of Astronomy, Berkeley, United States
Views 910
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 8, 2018
For polar bears the cost of living is rising

A warming Arctic is causing reductions in sea ice thickness and increasing its drift speed. Compositional and dynamic changes in sea ice could have impacts on the ability of ice-dependent vertebrates to acquire and amass energy needed for maintenance, growth, and reproduction. Knowledge of how... click to read more

  • George Durner | Research Zoologist at US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Views 1496
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 13, 2018
Global contamination of honey by insecticides

Bees and other pollinators provide indispensable ecosystem services and are essential for the cultivation of one third of crops worldwide. Yet, this free service may be threatened by the use of insecticides among which neonicotinoids. There is currently a strong debate about banning these pesticides.... click to read more

  • Edward A. D. Mitchell | Professor at Laboratory of Soil Biodiversity, University of Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Blaise Mulhauser | Curator & Director at Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel, Pertuis-du-Sault 58, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Matthieu Mulot | PhD student at Laboratory of Soil Biodiversity, University of Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Aline Mutabazi | Research Assistant at School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva, Centre Médical Universitaire – Rue Michel Servet, 1, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland.
  • Gaétan Glauser | Senior Scientist at Neuchâtel Platform of Analytical Chemistry, University of Neuchâtel, Avenue de Bellevaux 51, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • Alexandre Aebi | Senior Lecturer at Laboratory of Soil Biodiversity, University of Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Views 1813
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 18, 2017
The climate's barrier to coastal hurricanes

Hurricanes are tremendously dangerous to lives and property, particularly when they approach land. In the Atlantic, hurricanes go through periods of higher- and lower-than-normal activity, and these periods can last 30 years or more. For example, we have been in an active period since around... click to read more

  • Jim Kossin | Atmospheric Scientist at NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate, USA
Views 2736
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 8, 2017