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Activating social tipping dynamics for a global decarbonization by 2050

Social sciences in the second part of the 20th century and early 21st century were predominantly occupied with gradual change processes. Most statistical models used to analyze socio-economic data assume change occurs gradually - in a linear manner. Recent months have demonstrated that we might... click to read more

  • Ilona M. Otto | Research Associate at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany
Views 809
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 23, 2021
Exposing the remnant core of a giant planet

What's out there? — We always have lots to learn from "others". The hunt for extrasolar planets (exoplanets) sets us to explore the diversity of the universe around us. An exoplanet is a planet orbiting around a star outside the Solar System. In the last few... click to read more

  • David Armstrong | Assistant Professor at Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability, Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Views 767
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 22, 2021
Microplastics are raining down from the sky

It's entirely possible that tiny fragments of the windbreaker from your childhood, the straw you used sometime last year, or the label from a soft drink you had yesterday are now floating around in the atmosphere. The amount of plastic produced globally increases every year... click to read more

  • Janice Brahney | Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, US
Views 1446
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 5, 2021
What the “invisible” side of the Moon is like

Imagine what you see when looking up at the night sky — the Moon, the Earth's only satellite. Have you ever noticed that you actually always look at the same side of the Moon? Have you perhaps wondered what the other side is like? Scientists... click to read more

  • Yan Su | Professor at National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Chunlai Li | Professor at National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Elena Pettinelli | Professor at Mathematics and Physics Department, Roma Tre University, Roma, Italy
Views 720
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 4, 2021
Microfibers in the ocean: are they all made of plastic?

Textile microfibers are fine strands of thread used to make clothing, carpeting and a myriad of very common household items like mops, table cloths and curtains. With use, these fibers are released and can now be found in the air we breathe, the water we... click to read more

  • Giuseppe Suaria | Research Scientist at CNR-ISMAR (Institute of Marine Sciences – National Research Council), Lerici, Italy
Views 1062
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 2, 2021