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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 1515
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 680
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 28, 2020
Are planets with oxygen-rich atmospheres rare?

Complex life on Earth requires oxygen. Understanding how oxygen levels have evolved on our planet can provide an insight into our own evolution and the possibility of complex life evolving elsewhere. Current theories suggest that Earth's O2 levels have risen three times over its 4.5... click to read more

  • Lewis Alcott | PhD student at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • Benjamin Mills | Associate Professor at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Views 629
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 11, 2020
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 992
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 1008
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 2, 2020