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1. Luyssaert, S. et al. Old-growth forests as global carbon sinks. Nature 455, 213–215 (2008). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Odum, E. P. The strategy of ecosystem development. Science 164, 262–270 (1969). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  3. Pan, Y. D. et al. A large and persistent carbon sink in the world’s forests. Science
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The arapaima is one of the earth’s biggest freshwater fish. The decaying corpse of a dead Amazon “river monster” lately washed ashore in Florida, bringing up questions about whether this massive killer fish has entered the Sunshine State’s ever-increasing catalog of invasive animals. The Arapaima Although it may grow in Florida’s warm waters, this fish, called
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László Lovász (left) and Avi Wigderson were jointly awarded the 2021 Abel Prize.Credits: left, Hungarian Academy of Sciences/Laszlo Mudra/AbelPrize; right, Cliff Moore/Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton/AbelPrize Abel prize celebrates union of maths and computer science Two pioneers of the theory of computation have won the 2021 Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious honours in
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Modern crocodiles live in rivers, streams, and forests, using their snouts and strong jaws to catch fish, snakes, birds, and mammals. (Photo : Judd Patterson on Wikimedia Commons) However, recent research published today in the Royal Society B journal Proceedings suggests that ancient crocodiles were once even more diverse due to accelerated evolution. Various Ancient Crocodile
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When steel manufacture in Pakistan is buoyed by Chinese infrastructure investments, how to account for the emissions released?Credit: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg via Getty Joe Biden’s presidency of the United States is an opportunity to realize a long-discussed approach to global warming: a climate club. The United States, the European Union and China together emit half of
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In this photo, taken in December 2020, I am reviewing students’ progress in a computer networking course at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where I teach electrical engineering and telecommunication policy. The students are learning to configure computers to accommodate Voice over Internet Protocol, or online telephony. We’ve also explored the programming language Python, and
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Astronomer Vera Rubin studying photographic plates in 1974.Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science Vera Rubin: A Life Jacqueline Mitton & Simon Mitton Belknap Press (2021) The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, under construction in Chile, is scheduled to begin scientific operations in 2023. Its ten-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time hopes to “see more of the
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Air pollution is believed to have begun when humans first understood how to control fire’s power, which has since developed into the industrial curse of industry, cars, and power plants. (Photo : Foto-Rabe on Pixabay) Industries, cars, logging, irrigation, forest fires, cookstoves, volcanic eruptions, and wind erosion are both examples of human and environmental causes
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Animals that inhabit thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean have grown unique adaptabilities to remain alive. While some of these creatures may look bizarre to us, they have grown these displays over thousands of years to enable them to survive in their intense environments. From attributes like bioluminescence, whereby creatures create their
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Australia’s disastrous wildfires released as much smoke into the atmosphere of the Earth as a powerful volcanic eruption, leading to cooling over the ocean regions with probably long-lasting effects, as reported by the authors of a recent study. (Photo : Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Fire burns within sight of the
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The Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples (SING) Consortium hosts workshops to engage students and tribal members in genomics.Credit: Rene Begay In lamenting the “broken promise that undermines human genome research”, this journal implies that researchers have a right to access information across databases (see Nature 590, 198–201; 2021). In our view, this problematically frames ‘equity’
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Scientists hope the experiment will give worthy data for submarine works, mining missions, and lengthy space travel, 21st century potential reality. The pandemic-related quarantines that have happened in the past years have educated billions of people all over the world what different phases of isolation feels like. (Photo : Robin) A Team of 15 Volunteers 
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Nearly 93 million years ago, a strange shark that eats plankton unlike other widely known marine invertebrate drifted through the sea which is now northeastern Mexico making use of curiously lengthy wing-like fins that made its body broader than it was. (Photo : Lachlan Ross) Aquilolamna milarcae  On Thursday, researchers reported the finding of a
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Bonobo mother Marie is engulfed by biological daughters Marina and Margaux (left and right), aged 5 and 2, and adopted daughter Flora (lower middle), aged almost 3. Credit: Nahoko Tokuyama Animal behaviour 18 March 2021 Bonobo mums open their arms to outsider orphans Two female bonobos adopted youngsters from another troop — an unprecedented behaviour
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A recent report from the federal parliament proposes registration of cats, nighttime regulations, and spaying.Christine Ellis does not like untamed cats. As an ancient Warlpiri ranger in central Australia’s Great Sandy desert at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, she is aware of what they can do to local animals in Australia. (Photo : Kelvin Valerio) Untamed Cats
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Has the world hit peak COVID-19? It’s a question scientists are beginning to ask as global case figures tumble and mass vaccination efforts gather speed. But a plethora of new variants that threaten to circumvent vaccines and existing natural immunity mean it’s too soon to be sure, say researchers. “The early evidence is encouraging, but
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Opalescent inshore squid is some of the most experienced shapeshifters on the planet. These curious cephalopods are covered in a special skin that can absolutely jingle to a kaleidoscope of colors. Researchers have long been captivated by the remarkable disguise and communication of this squid. A new study has taken scientists even closer to finding
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Listen to the latest science news, with Nick Petrić Howe and Shamini Bundell. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:43 AI Debater After thousands of years of human practise, it’s still not clear what makes a good argument. Despite this, researchers have been developing computer programs that can
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Scientists now realize that the chemicals used in various consumer products are more harmful than commonly believed. It’s a smart idea to become mindful of these products and take measures to eradicate them wherever possible, but health and wellbeing aren’t just about food and exercise. It’s also about minimizing exposure to dangerous products. A harmful
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm Robert J. Lefkowitz with Randy Hall Pegasus (2021) Cardiologist-turned-biochemist, Robert Lefkowitz won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for showing how adrenaline works through stimulation of specific receptors, with huge implications for drug discovery. Yet he calls himself “an accidental scientist”, because he trained as a
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Taking responsibility for the way you behave towards others can improve your professional relationships.Credit: Misha Friedman/Getty The cognitive-intelligence quotient, known as IQ, is an important factor in determining your reasoning ability, but a high IQ score is not the whole story when it comes to thriving professionally (and personally). Another dimension of human intelligence, known
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Industries such as aviation do not have clear road maps for tackling carbon dioxide emissions.Credit: Aviation-Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Five years ago, the United Nations Paris climate agreement set a ceiling for global warming at well below 2 °C, ideally 1.5 °C relative to pre-industrial levels. World leaders also agreed to balance greenhouse-gas emissions
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The Amazon rainforest of French Guiana constantly buzzes and hums, but I keep my focus on the trees. In this picture, taken in November 2020 — the most recent time I was there — I’m walking through a dense forest at the Paracou research station near the coastal town of Kourou. I’m looking at drone
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Environmentalists sometimes use the terms “preservation” and “conservation” interchangeably without specifying what they say or why they use one over the other. Here’s a short rundown of the differences between the terms “preservation” and “conservation,” as well as any explanations why people choose one to the other. Both preservation and restoration are environmental protection processes,
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Space scientists at Systems Labs, California, in 1957.Credit: J.R. Eyerman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Some of scientists’ most rewarding moments come when we confront a hard problem or a difficult task. Solving a major methodological hurdle, designing an elegant experiment, making sense of a puzzling result, working on a new model or writing a paper or