Earth & Climate

Mushrooms are older than expected

Scanning electron microscope image of the petrified mushroom mycelium. (Image: Steeve Bonneville / Université Libre de Bruxelles) Mushrooms are among the first organisms to colonize...

Wooden building as a CO2 sink

Sustainable forestry could enable a material revolution. (Image: Sabine Hortebusch / iStock) Instead of using cement and steel, we should rely on a tried-and-tested natural...

Red Sea as a gas source

View of the Red Sea coast. (Image: Konoplytska / iSTock) Much of the world's natural gas and oil is extracted in the Middle East -...

Ocean circulation is getting faster

Acceleration (orange) and deceleration (blue) of ocean circulation. (Image: Shijian Hu) How does climate change affect global ocean currents? So far, scientists have assumed that...

Pterodactyl: Squid hunting with tooth loss

This may have led to the discovery of the fossil. (Image: Christian Klug and Beat Scheffold) In the age of the dinosaurs, the pterosaurs were...

Industrialization dust reached the Himalayas

View over the peaks of the central Himalayas. (Image: Bim / iSTock) Humans have long left their mark in almost all regions of the world...

Tank-bearing giant

Reconstruction of the giant tortoise Stupendemys geographicus. (Image: Jaime Chirinos) Turtles are a successful model of evolution - they have existed for 220 million years...

Dinosaurs regulated their body temperature

Researchers have used fossil egg shells as a "thermometer". (Image: Erika Parfenova / iStock) Were the dinosaurs cold-blooded like reptiles or warm-blooded like birds and...

Mediterranean area dries out faster

View of the coast of the Greek island of Santorini (Image: spooh / iStock) Many regions of the Mediterranean are already suffering from increasing drought....

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