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The secrets hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

The Antarctic ice sheet has been losing ice at an increasing rate. It remains unclear whether this mass loss will further accelerate over the coming decades. The continent of Antarctica is vast, bigger than the US and Mexico combined, and because it is so cold... click to read more

  • Mathieu Morlighem | Associate Professor at Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, USA
Views 280
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 17, 2020
How many factors of global change affect soils

We often hear about how the warming climate is affecting the natural world around us. But the human-made global change is a tremendously more complicated problem than "just" a changing climate. It captures pollution, invasive species, biodiversity loss, excessive use of species or land, all... click to read more

  • Matthias Rillig | Professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Views 793
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 7, 2020
Exploding bits of Bennu: adventures in asteroid exploration

Asteroids are ancient remnants from the dawn of the solar system. Locked inside these comparatively small objects are clues to enduring questions about planet formation and the origins of life. Most asteroids orbit between Mars and Jupiter, in the main asteroid belt. Occasionally, an encounter... click to read more

  • Dante Lauretta | Professor at Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Views 394
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 4, 2020
A new way to look at light pollution: revealing the good, the bad and the ugly

The dark night sky, dotted with the light of the stars, has been the source of inspiration for poets, artists, scientists and philosophers throughout human history. In our modern world, the natural beauty of the sky at night is drowned out by the huge number... click to read more

  • Fabio Falchi | Researcher at ISTIL - Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Inquinamento Luminoso, Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute, Thiene, Italy; Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago, Spain
  • Riccardo Furgoni | Researcher at ISTIL - Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Inquinamento Luminoso, Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute, Thiene, Italy
Views 1116
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 2, 2020
Black holes ring like Einstein predicted

In their inscrutable depths, black holes hold the keys to some of the deepest mysteries of our Universe. Woven out of nothing more than pure space and time, black holes are regions so dense that nothing may escape their gravitational pull. At their center lies... click to read more

  • Maximiliano Isi | NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Views 425
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 28, 2020