Quantifying global ocean inhomogeneity and exploring its evolution in climate change

Quantifying global ocean inhomogeneity and exploring its evolution in climate change

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The ocean is intrinsically inhomogeneous in temperature and salinity. This inhomogeneity fundamentally influences physical and biogeochemical processes of oceans, causing mixing of water masses, and shaping three-dimensional geostrophic circulations. The ocean inhomogeneity ultimately determines marine biodistribution, ecosystem structure and functioning, and marine biodiversity. Recently, a research team led by Prof. Wang … Read more

Rapid seed dispersal by hornets facilitates reproduction of agarwood plants

Rapid seed dispersal by hornets facilitates reproduction of agarwood plants

Hornets consume and move fresh fruits of Aquilaria sinensis. Credit: ZHU Renbin Aquilaria sinensis (family Thymelaeaceae) is the main source of Chinese agarwood. It is a vulnerable evergreen tree native to lowland forests in southern China. Its fruit matures during the June-August hot season. However, most of its fruit dehisces on sunny hot-dry afternoons, exposing … Read more

Evolutionary trees based on anatomy may be wrong

Evolutionary trees based on anatomy may be wrong

The evolutionary relationships of Earth’s many living creatures have big implications for a range of fields within biology and ecology. It is therefore very important to map these relationships as accurately as we can. However, we cannot definitively confirm whether the evolutionary trees we build are correct — so scientists still grapple with how they … Read more

Unlocking The Mysteries Of An Antarctic Volcano

Unlocking The Mysteries Of An Antarctic Volcano

Adriana Ariza-Pardo at Bahía Balleneros, Deception Island. Adriana Ariza Pardo Colombian geoscientist Adriana Ariza-Pardo is delving into the origins of a sunken, active volcano that also serves as a port for researchers visiting Antartica. Ariza-Pardo, who is the Antarctica Project Lead for Colombian company GMAS SAS visited the frozen continent as part of the VIII … Read more

New method for detecting nanoplastics in the human body

New method for detecting nanoplastics in the human body

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain How do you count the nanoplastics in your body? Leiden researchers published a method in Nature Protocols today that should make this easier, and important development for both environmental and medicine research. From a molecular point of view, plastic is quite similar to organic material. That makes it a difficult substance … Read more

Giant Kangaroos Lived in Papua New Guinea during Pleistocene

Giant Kangaroos Lived in Papua New Guinea during Pleistocene

Paleontologists have redescribed an extinct species of giant kangaroo that lived the mountains of Papua New Guinea about 50,000 to 20,000 years ago and erected a new genus for it. An artist’s impression of Number number (right) and other prehistoric animals from Nombe Rockshelter, Papua New Guinea. Image credit: Peter Shouten. The large mountainous island … Read more