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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How good do forests recover from anthropogenic disturbances?

Since ages, humans are relying on forests, as a source for fire wood, furniture or food. According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment in 2010, the earth is covered with around 1.4 billion hectares of primary forests, which is roughly 1.5 times the size of the US. On the other hand, there are at least […]

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