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Germany Pulls Plug On Wind Energy As Industry Suffers ‘Severe Crisis’

German online weekly FOCUS here reports how cuts by wind energy giant Enercon will lead to 3,000 layoffs. According to Enercon chief executive Hans-Dieter Kettwig, “politicians have pulled the plug on wind energy.” Subsidies cut Once lavished with huge incentives,…

Photosynthesis seen in a new light by rapid X-ray pulses

(Arizona State University) In a new study, led by Petra Fromme and Nadia Zatsepin at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, the School of Molecular Sciences and the Department of Physics at ASU, researchers investigated the structure of Photosystem I (PSI) with ultrashort X-ray pulses at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (EuXFEL), located in Hamburg, Germany.

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Exceptional fossils may need a breath of air to form

New research has found that a long held belief by paleontologists about the fossilization process may be wrong. The team has found that while low oxygen environments set the stage, it takes air to catalyze the fossilization process.

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Exceptional fossils may need a breath of air to form

New research has found that a long held belief by paleontologists about the fossilization process may be wrong. The team has found that while low oxygen environments set the stage, it takes air to catalyze the fossilization process.

Researchers find 'alarming' loss of insects in large-scale study in Germany

Insects are in more trouble than we thought. A large-scale study has found that insects in German forests and grasslands have declined by about one-third in just the past decade. That follows on the heels of a 27-year study that…

Why is ice so slippery?

Ice is slippery. That’s a given, just like water is wet. But have you ever wondered exactly why you have to channel your inner penguin to navigate it safely? We’re probably a lot more focused on avoiding a spectacularly embarrassing,…

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Changes in high-altitude winds over the South Pacific produce long-term effects

In the past million years, the high-altitude winds of the southern westerly wind belt, which spans nearly half the globe, didn’t behave as uniformly over the Southern Pacific as previously assumed. Instead, they varied cyclically over periods of ca. 21,000 years. A new study has now confirmed close ties between the climate of the mid and high latitudes and that of the tropics in the South Pacific.

Rice yields plummet and arsenic rises in future climate-soil scenarios

(Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences ) Research combining future climate conditions and arsenic-induced soil stresses predicts rice yields could decline about 40 percent by 2100, a loss that would impact about 2 billion people dependent on the global crop.

German City Razes Over 600 Acres Of Forest To Build Giant Wind Turbines!

What follows is an example of how German decisionmakers go about protecting the environment: chop down hundreds of acres of forests and pour thousands of tons on concrete reinforced with hundreds of tons of steel on huge beds of gravel,…