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Fukushima: Lessons learned from an extraordinary case of soil decontamination

(European Geosciences Union) Following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, the Japanese authorities decided to carry out major decontamination works in the affected area, which covers more than 9,000 km2. On Dec. 12, 2019, with most of this work having been completed, the scientific journal SOIL of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is publishing a synthesis of approximately 60 scientific publications that provide an overview of the decontamination strategies used and their effectiveness.

UConn study: Wing genes responsible for tiny treehopper’s extraordinary helmet

(University of Connecticut) Why the treehopper developed the enlarged, three-dimensional hood ornament that distinguishes it from the rest of the insect world remains a mystery to scientists, though it’s theorized that mimicry or camouflage designed to protect it from predators is a likely reason.But a study from researchers in UConn’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, published today in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, is shedding new light on a long-running debate over just how treehopper’s helmet evolved.

Endangered Hawaiian duck's comeback is a 'beacon of hope' for conservationists

Just when scientists had about given up hope, the little duck that could emerged. The endangered, endemic koloa maoli (aka the Hawaiian duck) was thought to be threatened with genetic extinction, due to its interbreeding with feral mallards. But new…

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Callum Roberts: ‘Sharks do bite people, they do kill people, but it’s more error than intention’

Callum Roberts is professor of marine conservation at York University and was chief scientific adviser on Blue Planet 2. His new book, Reef Life, details a life spent in the oceans studying the marine ecosystem. How was your first dive?It…

Inside one man's quest to grow and forage 100% of his food for an entire year

Rob Greenfield is a man on many missions. He has biked barefoot across the country on a bicycle made out of bamboo, he lived a year without showering to promote water conservation, and most recently, he has been putting down…

7 uncanny facts about crows

Intelligence runs in the crow family, a diverse group of more than 120 bird species. And, as with most geniuses, crows and their relatives tend to be misunderstood. Known as corvids, this family of birds includes not just crows, but…

Corals from the twilight zone: Who eats what on a deep Red Sea reef

(Bar-Ilan University) Using remote operated underwater vehicles a group of scientists is collaborating on a new project to study coral reefs found below scuba diving depth. Little is known about these deep-water reef systems, but they may be very important for the survival of coral reefs under global climate change, and accessing these places using technical diving and ROVs is a crucial part of the current mission.

How to eat quince, a forgotten fruit

Consider the quince: centuries ago, it was the talk of the town, eaten by kings, queens and commoners. Often eaten with wild game, it was just as popular, if not more so, than its cousins apples and pears. With a…