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Designer corals shine a bright light on the future of coral reefs

Our climate is warming rapidly and this poses the greatest threat to coral reefs. Climate change not only causes a gradual increase in average water temperatures, but also an increased frequency, intensity and duration of summer heat waves. Over the last five years, three heat... click to read more

  • Madeleine JH van Oppen | Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor at School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia; Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB #3, Townsville, QLD 4810, Australia
  • Patrick Buerger | Postdoctoral Fellow at School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia; CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, Land & Water, Black Mountain, ACT 2601, Australia
Views 555
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 27, 2021
A rapidly changing ocean is alarming for fisheries sustainability

Our oceans support millions of people's livelihoods and well-being. Marine fisheries connect the vast ocean space and the world's fish markets, providing fish and other seafood on our tables. Today's drastic climate change is threatening fisheries worldwide, because the marine ecosystem is responding to climate-induced... click to read more

Views 776
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 22, 2021
A two decade long ballet of two stars reveals a rare twist

General theory of relativity was arguably one of the most groundbreaking scientific advancements of the past century. According to the theory, gravity is not a mere force but a manifestation of the curvature of an underlying space-time fabric. Since its initial formulation in 1915, it... click to read more

Views 539
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 21, 2021
Cometary nitrogenous salts tell about the Solar System’s history

How did planets arise? How did the Earth become a unique planet with a habitable surface? A way to address these long-standing questions is to explore the "small bodies" of the Solar System. In addition to the planets and the satellites circuiting around them, our... click to read more

  • Olivier Poch | Researcher at Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CNES, IPAG, 38000 Grenoble, France
Views 564
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 15, 2021
What space dust could tell us about Earth’s past

Determining the composition of Earth's current atmosphere is relatively straightforward, using direct measurements, remote sensing via satellites, and sampling by aircraft. It is far more complicated to determine the composition of Earth's past atmosphere, going as far back as 4.6 billion years ago. Bubbles in... click to read more

Views 543
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 5, 2021