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Content: Volume 6, Issue 1

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Warmer oceans will harbor lower animal abundance

Climate change is not only altering the ocean's temperature, currents, and productivity, but also the most known forms of animal life. This includes a wide variety of species, from small invertebrates and fish to turtles, tuna, and whales - changes in the marine environment influence... click to read more

  • Heike K. Lotze | Professor at Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 16, 2020
Solving the Bermuda mystery: an island that tells a story of a new way to form volcanoes

Volcanoes are responsible for creating most of Earth's crust by transporting molten rock from deep within the Earth to the surface. Volcanoes are typically present at active plate boundaries, where two tectonic plates either converge or diverge. At convergent plate boundaries, one plate is forced... click to read more

  • Sarah E. Mazza | Assistant Professor at Department of Geosciences, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 15, 2020
A future of tasty tomatoes

Modern tomatoes have weaker flavor than older heirloom varieties, and consumers often complain about their "tastelessness". But, how did these tasteless tomatoes arise? - one cause is breeding. Tomatoes have been continuously bred to improve their agricultural features. While these features mostly include firmness for... click to read more

  • Denise Tieman | Professor at University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences Dept., Gainesville FL 32611
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 14, 2020
Blood from a golden stone: dinosaur discoveries within amber

In his novel Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton envisioned dinosaurs being cloned using DNA from the blood inside ancient mosquitoes preserved within amber. Amber is a fossilized tree resin (not sap) that often contains plant and animal remains and protects them from many forms of decay.... click to read more

  • W. Scott Persons | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Philip J. Currie | Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Corwin Sullivan | Associate Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 10, 2020
Life’s early dinner parties

Ediacaran life is represented by a group of bizarre-looking fossils that are the remnants of the first complex life in Earth's oceans from over half a billion years ago. During this time, life was sessile and tranquil, with few traces of large-scale predation and movement.... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 9, 2020