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Europe's first ecosystem with its own rights

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The largest saltwater lagoon in the western Mediterranean is threatened with ecological collapse. Intensive agriculture is...

Amphibian and reptile species threatened by drought years

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The low rainfall in recent years has not only severely reduced amphibians in Brandenburg, but also many reptile species....

Increasing wildfires due to climate change

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Devastating wildfires like the recent ones in Australia and California will increase significantly because of climate...

Google reduces the error rate of its quantum computer

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Nobody's perfect - this is especially true for Google's quantum computer "Sycamore," which two years ago was able to solve...

Climate protection: great goals, but no way to get there

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Helmut Kohl already knew how to make politics with climate targets. In 1995, shortly before a UN climate conference in...

Indoor farms are particularly environmentally friendly

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Glass display cases in grocery stores are nothing unusual. But what is this one doing in the vegetable section of a...

Artificial snow to preserve glaciers

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Felix Keller is visibly excited. He doesn't seem to mind the double-digit temperatures at 2100 meters above sea level at...

Two billion euro program for innovation in Bavaria

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has presented a two-billion-euro program to expand research and innovation in...

Antibiotic shows antiviral potential

Researchers at Yale have discovered that a type of antibiotic surprisingly displays antiviral properties in...

Future smart devices might provide you with a feel for virtual textures and shapes

Imagine you are browsing the just-released iPhone that you would like to purchase on your tablet. Normally, what would...

Seven "Earth-ish" planets herald a new season in the search for alien life

Astronomers found seven approximately Earth-sized, rocky planets about 40 light years (235 trillion miles) from us. They...

Are we there yet- The long journey to Mars

How close are we to the giant leap to Mars? Recently the partial success of the European Space Agency's (ESA) ExoMars...

Mars welcomes its latest orbiter ExoMars

On 19th October 2016 the European-Russian mission ExoMars arrived at its destination. It delivered the Trace Gas Orbiter,...

Turning a new leaf in the search for lower emissions

Carbon dioxide (or CO2) is probably the most notorious atmospheric public enemy. Being a potent greenhouse gas, it...

Stretching quantum cats could make for better computers

A team of physicists at Yale demonstrated that the inherent quantum weirdness can be harnessed to make quantum computers,...

Networking: Nature or Nurture?

Interview with expert science communicator Alaina Levine who is the author of 'Networking for Nerds'. Could you tell us...

A 300-year old mystery solved!

Professor Andrew Wiles (pictured above), faculty at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford has won the most...

Climate change may not alter Southeast Asian Monsoons

Climate change is a looming threat of the 21st century, and seems to be the talk of the town. One way that the human...

Why you won't lose weight with exercise alone

Sometimes exercise is just not enough
If magazines and health clubs are to be believed, the new year should coincide with a whole new you. Many gyms see up to a...

Cooperation catalyzes the evolution of cleaner cars

Future traffic jams won't be pollution nightmares
Cars generate lots of pollution, as the Volkswagen Diesel scandal lately reminded us. From the same two countries where...
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Global warming in Arctic much faster than previously assumed

Global warming in the wake of the climate crisis has progressed much faster in the Arctic than previously assumed,...
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Deutsches Museum becomes fit for the future

The Deutsches Museum in Munich is one of the largest science and technology museums in the world. It has been undergoing...
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Number of toads and frogs in Brandenburg drops dramatically

In Brandenburg's waters, the number of amphibians such as frogs and toads has decreased significantly in recent years....
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Amazon rainforest threatens to become savannah

The destruction of the Amazon rainforest could soon be so advanced that the ecosystem, which is so important for the...
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Traffic lights agreement on CO2 price sharing

According to information from the AFP news agency, the government has agreed on key points for the planned sharing of CO2...
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The dangerous dependence on pesticides

Domestic apple production is impressive. Fruit growers in this country harvest more than one million tons in a good year....
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The brown dog tick opens up habitats in Germany

Temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius, dry and preferably a dog in the household. If the brown dog tick had to post a...
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Healthy reefs survive coral bleaching from heat waves

Relatively recently, a heat wave in the southern summer of 2016/2017 triggered coral bleaching with devastating damage...
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Horses and donkeys revive a desert biotope

A few feral horses and donkeys scratch the sand with their hooves in the Mojave Desert until they reach the groundwater at...
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Pathogens, the invisible historians

Before Covid-19, it was the world's deadliest disease. In 2018, the World Health Organization estimated ten million people...
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Cause of mass death of bald eagles discovered

With criminalistic flair, researchers have solved the mystery surrounding the mysterious mass death of bald eagles in the...
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Mathematical modelling could reduce infection rates

A quick scan of the cell phone display and the long-awaited entrance to a movie theater, a concert, a handball hall, or...

Climate fight looks to CO2 storage

On the roof of the waste incineration plant in Hinwil near Zurich, the air is as low in carbon dioxide as it was before...
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Mystery solved: The origins of flying dinosaurs

Fossils of pterosaurs, the earliest reptiles to evolve powered flight, were unearthed in the 19th Century but their...

Radiation fraud must be exposed

Many people think that science is somehow immune to frauds and misrepresentations. Application of the "scientific method"...

Climate Change and Mathematical Modelling Illusions

For the past three decades, human-caused global warming alarmists have tried to frighten the public with stories of doom...
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Do Animals Have Supernatural powers?

Credit: Wikipedia, Kallerna, Creative Commons In my book titled : "Exact Lies of Social Engineering - The Silent...

A green way of coloring denims blue

A new research study led by the University of California, Berkeley engineering Professor John Dueber has shown that indigo...

Body clock research wins the 2017 Nobel prize in physiology

On 2nd October 2017, the Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology was awarded to three American scientists Jeffrey C. Hall,...

Planting trees no longer an option to mop up our increasing CO2 emissions

Nations around the globe are stepping up, determined to uphold the 2015 Paris climate agreement of limiting the global...

Swarms of robots go with the flow to reveal the mysteries of the ocean

About 70% of Earth's surface is covered by oceans. Yet, they remain mysterious: we have more detailed maps of the surface...

Revolutionizing clean energy by recycling not-quite-so-rare earths

Steel was the material of progress during the industrial revolution, while the twentieth century was the age of Mylar,...

Nanomachines win Nobel Prize

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded last month by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to a trio of European...

How interfering with your vision can shatter your recall of the way things look

How do we recall our stored knowledge of the physical properties of objects? Do we "see" things all over again when asked...

Looking through 'Smart' Windows

Have you ever wanted a window that you could control how much light and heat it let in? Thanks to scientists at the...

Welcome to the neighborhood, Proxima b!

Scientists of the European Southern Observatory (ESO, headquartered right here in Munich!) discovered a planet orbiting...

Bacteria Needed to Save Coral Reef

We increasingly hear about how important bacteria are for our bodies and our health, but scientists are now becoming aware...

Welcome to Jupiter!

How did planets form? Where did they get the ingredients for life, like carbon and nitrogen, that we hold so dear on...

"Happy little accident" opens new avenues for amazing future batteries

Who wouldn't want a slim phone that stays charged for days and holds its capacity for years? Beyond consumer electronics,...

Predicting the tipping point of complex systems

While preparing soup, have you ever wondered at what point does a pot of boiling water start evaporating? Now, we know...

Eating away at efforts to alleviate climate change

A couple of the greatest challenges we face are climate change and how it impacts the way we feed the world's growing...

Even Chimps Trust Friends

Trust plays an important part in any friendship. We trust that our friends will be there for us in a time of need, even if...
A small track for a rover

A bright window into our past, present and future

Look up at a clear night sky and you won't miss it, shining bright like nothing else---the Moon. Its romantic, unique...

When the sea comes marching in

Take the year 2100- although many of us in our 20s and 30s today may not live that long, yet our own children and...
Gravitational waves finally make an appearance

Gravity waves a 'Hello! I am here!'

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have detected gravitational waves. We did it!" This is the historical announcement with which...
Ready for the movies

Computers of the future may have eyes of an insect

Hold a pencil in front of you and look at it with one or the other eye closed: it appears to shift a little. That's the...
Pulling out the plug

Power for a charger-free world

A team of engineers at the University of Washington devised a system that uses regular WiFi to power small electronics at...

Religiosity as a predictor of a child's kindness

A recent study on the influence of religion on altruistic behavior among children was conducted by Dr. Jean Decety, at the...
Artist rendition of a rocky planet orbiting a red dwarf. With the right conditions, perhaps habitable.

A second wind for exoplanets habitability

Earth is the only planet we know that has life, so it's easy to think that any other habitable planet must look like...
The recent Volkswagen emissions scandal has affected up to 11 million vehicles worldwide.

How basic research helped expose VW's dirty secret!

German auto giant Volkswagen's (VW) recent fall from grace is a result of the same greed that brought down Toyota nearly...