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A Ghost Tsunami without warning

On December 22, 2018, a devastating tsunami struck Sunda Strait, Indonesia, without warning in the evening. It left more than 400 dead and hundreds more injured along with the west Java and the southern Sumatra coastlines. The population did not feel any earthquake shaking to... click to read more

  • Lingling Ye | Professor at Guangdong Provincial Key Lab of Geodynamics and Geohazards, School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Thorne Lay | Professor at Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, USA
Views 421
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 14, 2020
Life after death? Fossil survival strategy rediscovered in living corals

Water warming is killing corals, but not only in tropical seas as most people know. In temperate seas like the Mediterranean summer heatwaves are causing mass mortalities in many marine organisms, corals included. The Mediterranean Sea hosts a single reef-builder coral: Cladocora caespitosa. In the past,... click to read more

  • Diego-Kurt Kersting | Juan de la Cierva Researcher at Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia, Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBIO), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Cristina Linares | Associate Professor at Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia, Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBIO), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Views 483
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 2, 2020
Climatic Changes for Earths in Sun-like Stellar Binaries

The mild oscillation of Earth's axial tilt, or obliquity, over time is less than a few degrees and is one of the reasons that complex lifeforms prospered on our planet. Will this be true if the giant planets are replaced by a Sun-like star? Alpha... click to read more

  • Billy Quarles | Research Scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 29, 2020
Groundwater pumping poses worldwide threat to riverine ecosystems

We pump too much water out of the ground, impacting our rivers worldwide. In our study, we estimate that almost 20% of the catchments where groundwater is pumped for drinking water or to grow food suffer from low flows that are too low to sustain... click to read more

  • Inge de Graaf | Assistant Professor at University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 25, 2020
Of pig-tails and palm oil: How rat-eating macaques increase oil palm sustainability

African oil palm is the world's most efficient oil crop yielding 5-10 times more oil per hectare than other oil crops. However, the establishment of large monocultures has driven deforestation and habitat loss for local wildlife in producer countries. Malaysia supplies ca. 30% for the... click to read more

  • Nadine Ruppert | Senior Lecturer at School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  • Anna Holzner | PhD student at School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia; Institute of Biology, University of Leipzig; Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Anja Widdig | Group leader at Institute of Biology, University of Leipzig; Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig; German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig
Views 1046
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 19, 2020