Green up!

San Francisco and Toronto mandate them, most of European countries promote them and even the Vikings knew about them: green roofs. Now Colorado’s capitol, Denver, made up the leeway with a controversial mandate that every new building with a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or bigger must be built with a roof garden […]

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Light up, light up…

Christmas time is coming and all cities and homes get dressed up with lights. Thanks to the invention of affordable and highly efficient, energy-saving LED lights, homeowners do not longer have to worry about there energy bills at the end of the months since then. But as researchers recently revealed in the Science Advances, the […]

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Visit from an interstellar cigar

As I heard the message this morning, it didn’t really capture me immediately: An interstellar asteroid that passed through our solar system. It was first detected Oct. 19 by the telescope at the University of Hawaii and is going to visit our solar system until January 2019. The asteroid was named ‚Oumuamua, which is the […]

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Where have all the insects gone…

A study published October 18, 2017 in the PLOS one magazine, describes an alarming scenario: Over 75 percent of flying insects have disappeared in the last 27 years. Researchers measured total biomass of flying insects caught in traps, which were located in 63 nature protection areas in Germany. Although protected areas were chosen to control […]

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How to communicate climate change?

Last week, we discussed what the most efficient and proper way could be to write about science and especially climate change. Could local newspapers implement science news even, if they could not pay (or attract) a science journalist? How to represent proportions properly when discussing controversies? How to respond to climate change deniers? Are catchy […]

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About a baby – or: The day of the dead mouse

It was cold, when we wake up this morning and we got a good sense of how fall will feel up here in the mountains. My husband was still asleep, but my little daughters wanted to make breakfast, so I peeled off my warm and comfort bed. When we were entering the living room, I […]

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