Polar bears unlikely to adapt to longer summers

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 PULLMAN, Wash. — More time stranded on land means greater risk of starvation for polar bears, a new study indicates.During three summer weeks, 20 polar bears closely observed by scientists tried different strategies to maintain energy reserves, including resting, scavenging and foraging. Yet nearly all of them lost weight rapidly: on average ...
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CIM-UVigo researchers start a new campaign in Antarctica, one of the best natural laboratories in the world

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 Experiments have already begun to study the effect of solar radiation and temperature on macroalgae.Nine campaigns and new experiences in the Antarctic summerFor the UVigo team this is the ninth research campaign they are developing in Antarctica, where they have already carried out projects in the years 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 20...
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EIRSAT-1: Ireland successfully launches its first satellite into space

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 EIRSAT-1, a student-built satellite from University College Dublin, has been successfully launched into space, officially becoming Ireland's first-ever satellite.The miniature cube satellite, or cubesat, designed, built, and tested at UCD under guidance of the European Space Agency (ESA), took flight at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in Cali...
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Interacting Polarons: Simulations of Interacting Quasiparticles in Ultracold Quantum Gas

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 Quasiparticles are an essential tool to describe the complex processes resulting from strong interactions in solids. These quasiparticles can be accurately simulated and studied in a radically different system, namely an ultracold quantum gas. Now scientists have been able to observe in a real experiment how quasiparticles called Fermi polaro...
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Male lyrebirds snare mates with ‘acoustic illusion’

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 Already famous for its uncanny ability to imitate other birds and mechanical devices, Australia's superb lyrebird can also imitate the panicked alarm calls of a mixed-species flock of birds while males are courting or even mating, a team including a Cornell researcher has found."The male superb lyrebird creates a remarkable acoustic illusion,...
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Uncovering the genetic history of British otters

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 New genetic research has revealed how British otters were able to recover from species loss in the 1950s with the help of their counterparts from Asia.Using genome sequencing data, a team from Cardiff University's Otter Project showed that much of the genetic diversity of British otters was lost when chemical pollution led to severe populatio...
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Engines for Change: UNLV Engineering, Economic Development Drive Regional Climate Innovation Partnership

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 UNLV, regional academic partners awarded milestone 'Engines' grant from NSF to translate sustainability ideas into tangible technologies.Drought. Continuously warming temperatures. Rapid population growth. It's a formula for disaster that — if unabated — will threaten the vitality, livability, and economic future of the Southwest.Scientists a...
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Arctic rocket launch could uncover unique features of Earth’s life-sustaining atmosphere.

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 A Leicester expert in space weather has helped launch a NASA mission from deep within the Arctic Circle which could uncover unique features of our atmosphere that enable life on Earth.Dr Suzie Imber, Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, is part of a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) team working from the world's n...
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Tiny honeybee parasite could be tripped up by its distinctive walk

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 A tiny parasitic honeybee mite has a distinctive walk, researchers have found – and by listening for the unique vibration caused by its stride pattern they hope it could help them spot if it is infesting a hive.Scientists at Nottingham Trent University have identified the 'signature' walk of the 1mm mite and using hi-tech monitoring equipment...
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Life-threatening nomadic behaviour of the Short-eared Owl

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 While this might sound like the lifestyle anthem of the toughest rockers of the 1970s, a recent groundbreaking study by ornithologists shows that the life of the Short-eared Owl follows this path. The findings, published a few days ago in the scientific journal Ibis, reveal unexpected routes taken by the owl, and reveal the urgent need for co...
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CONSERVING CORAL REEFS IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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 Research backgroundAs coral reefs continue to degrade at an alarming rate, a research team at the University of Derby and colleagues at the Horniman Museum and Gardens are helping to turn the tide with a ground-breaking approach to rearing young corals which could be transplanted onto damaged reefs.Since 2014, the University's Aquatic Researc...
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Population research can provide increased understanding of climate change

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 A link between folk research, good local knowledge and scientific methods is important for understanding and being able to quickly adapt to changing environmental conditions on Svalbard, shows a new study in which UiT researchers have contributed. Arctic communities, such as Svalbard, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. In the stud...
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Hidden ‘star’ sand dune mystery solved by ancient find

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 Scientists have solved the mysterious absence of star-shaped dunes from Earth's geological history for the first time, dating one back thousands of years.The study by Aberystwyth University, Birkbeck and UCL academics is the first to date how long it took a star dune to form and examine its internal structure.Star dunes are massive sand dunes...
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U.S. record: UH grad Cole Brauer makes history with solo nonstop world sail

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 Former University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa sailor Cole Brauer has become the first American woman to sail solo nonstop around the world.The native of East Hampton, New York, finished second out of 16 competitors in the Global Solo Challenge, a race that started and ended in A Coruña, Spain. The marathon 30,000 mile journey took 130 days, and she c...
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New research reveals First World War secrets

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 A world-first study has uncovered evidence of how German soldiers used the blast which kickstarted the Battle of the Somme to their advantage as a new defensive position.The mine explosion at Hawthorn Ridge was a pivotal moment of the First World War, that marked the opening of the Battle of Somme on July 1, 1916. It remains one of the best-k...
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Sea levels are rising fastest in big cities – here's why

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 It is well known that climate-induced sea level rise is a major threat. What is less well know is the threat of sinking land. And in many of the most populated coastal areas, the land is sinking even faster than the sea is rising.Parts of Tokyo for instance sank by 4 metres during the 20th century, with 2 metres or more of sinking reported in...
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The sustainable future

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We face the enormous challenge of safeguarding the well-being of our earth and the plants, animals and people that live there for the future. The VU conducts multidisciplinary research for this purpose. The aim is a sustainable balance between economic, ecological and social interests for our and future generations. This also means that we have to ...
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Accelerating experimental nuclear physics with AI

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 If there were no strong nuclear force binding atomic particles together, matter as we know it would not exist. However, there are still several unresolved questions in the study of this fundamental interaction.William & Mary's Cristiano Fanelli, assistant professor of data science, is harnessing the power of machine learning and artificia...
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Electric hydrofoil boats beat diesel boats for climate sustainability

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 Two KTH students have completed a master's thesis comparing the carbon footprint of electric hydrofoil ferries to that of traditional diesel ferries. The study shows that the hydrofoil ferries emit 97.5% less carbon dioxide during their life cycle than diesel-powered ones.Felix Glaunsinger and Dennis Olsson, who both graduated from KTH this s...
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Sea cucumber manual a global success story for Southern Cross Uni researcher

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 A Southern Cross University manual for postharvest processing of small-scale fishery products is now available in eight languages.If you've ever seen a sea cucumber lying on the shallow ocean floor, you'd quickly recognise the marine animal's elongated body and leathery skin.What you may not know is many fishing communities have been harvesti...
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