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The curse of zombie fossils

Wed, 21 Mar 18 00:09:40 -0700

Palaeontologists investigate the macabre science behind how animals decay and fossilize.

New technologies and computing power to help strengthen population data

Wed, 21 Mar 18 00:13:00 -0700

Research led by the University of Southampton is helping governments in low-income countries strengthen their capacity to build and use population maps, to plan for the future and respond to emergencies.

Glacier mass loss: Past the point of no return

Mon, 19 Mar 18 00:09:40 -0700

Researchers from the Universities of Bremen and Innsbruck show in a recent study that the further melting of glaciers cannot be prevented in the current century -- even if all emissions were stopped now. However, due to the slow reaction of glaciers to climate change, our behavior has a massive impact beyond the 21st century: In the long run, five hundred meters by car with a mid-range vehicle will cost one kilogram of glacier ice. The study has now been published in Nature Climate Change.

Studying DNA of ancient humans from Morocco reveals ancestral surprises

Thu, 15 Mar 18 00:12:20 -0700

After sequencing DNA in bone matter of several 15,000-year-old humans from North Africa, a region critical for understanding human history but one in which it has been challenging to connect genetic dots, researchers report a notable lack of relatedness to ancient Europeans, in their specimens - a finding that rules out hypotheses of gene flow from southern Europe into northern Africa at a particular time.

Using artificial intelligence to investigate illegal wildlife trade on social media

Mon, 12 Mar 18 00:14:00 -0700

Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity conservation and is currently expanding to social media. This is a worrisome trend, given the ease of access and popularity of social media. Efficient monitoring of illegal wildlife trade on social media is therefore crucial for conserving biodiversity.

Why is it so hot at night in some cities?
During the nighttime, it is hotter in the city than in nearby suburbs or the countryside. But just how much hotter differs between cities. Researchers from the