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Finding the novelty in nature

In the 1970s, Nintendo, a company that owned taxis and hotels and made playing cards and instant rice, began to make video games. This changed the company forever. Communities of species that live together in nature are somewhat like a business. Each species is a... click to read more

  • Timothy L. Staples | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • John M. Pandolfi | Professor at Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queesland, Australia
Views 192
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 18, 2021
Bee aware! Signs of a global decline in wild bee diversity

Everyone likes bees; they are fuzzy, love flowers and do many great things – but they might not be around for much longer. Although most of us are familiar with the European honeybee, this is but one of over 20 thousand species of wild bees, and... click to read more

  • Eduardo E. Zattara | Adjunct Researcher at INIBIOMA, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, CONICET, Bariloche, Argentina
Views 336
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 14, 2021
Turning on the lights: how long did it take for the Sun to form?

Prehistoric cave dwellers adorned their homes with drawings of the Sun, stars, and planetary bodies of the Solar System, so it is safe to say that objects beyond Earth have been fascinating humans since long before our species could even express their awe in written... click to read more

  • Gregory A. Brennecka | Staff Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, USA
Views 463
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 30, 2021
Hidden in plain sight: how an invisible ring in the sky uncovered a past cosmic collision

Our understanding of the universe relies on what we see and what we make of it. For millennia, humans studied the cosmos based on what our eyes can see. Yet, the colors and light our eyes pick up make up only a small sampling of... click to read more

  • Keri Hoadley | Assistant Professor at California Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
Views 427
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 8, 2021
How to fight climate change? Let forests grow

The world is waking up to the potential for trees to help in the fight against climate change. Forests have always absorbed substantial carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Still, the human disturbance has relegated forests to approximately half their pre-historic extent, with more forests... click to read more

  • Susan C. Cook-Patton | Senior Forest Restoration Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA, USA
  • Sara M. Leavitt | Climate Science Deputy Director at The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA, USA
  • Peter W. Ellis | Natural Climate Solutions Science Team Lead at The Nature Conservancy, Portland, ME, USA
Views 724
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 6, 2021