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25 terms you should know to understand the climate change conversation – The Southern

e. But one doesn’t have to wait 10 years to see that prediction shake out: Almost daily there’s more news about climate change exacerbating natural disasters like storms, floods, and wildfires , impacting tourism , threatening many species with extinction…

Comparing canine brains using 3D-endocast modelling

(Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Science) Based on digital endocranial cast models the canine brain does not increase proportionally with body size. Researchers at ELTE Eötvös Loránd and Kaposvár University in Hungary reconstructed the surface morphology of 28 canine brains, including various dog breeds, wolves, coyotes, and jackals. The shortening of the facial skeleton greatly influences the ratio of certain brain regions, primarily the olfactory bulb and the frontal lobe. These changes might have profound implications for olfactory and problem-solving abilities.

AI detects hidden earthquakes

(Stanford University) Tiny movements in Earth’s outermost layer may provide a Rosetta Stone for deciphering the physics and warning signs of big quakes. New algorithms that work a little like human vision are now detecting these long-hidden microquakes in the growing mountain of seismic data.

Bronze Age herders were less mobile than previously thought

Bronze Age pastoralists in what is now southern Russia apparently covered shorter distances than previously thought. It is believed that the Indo-European languages may have originated from this region, and these findings raise new questions about how technical and agricultural innovations spread to Europe.

Management of exploited transboundary fish stocks requires international cooperation

(University of British Columbia) Marine fish species are migratory in nature and not respectful of human-made territorial boundaries, which represents a challenge for fisheries management as policies tend to focus at the national level. With an average catch of 48 million tonnes per year, and USD $77 billion in annual fishing revenue, these species support critical fisheries, and require international cooperation to manage.

Microbial diversity below seafloor is as rich as on Earth’s surface

For the first time, researchers have mapped the biological diversity of marine sediment, one of Earth’s largest global biomes. The research team discovered that microbial diversity in the dark, energy-limited world beneath the seafloor is as diverse as in Earth’s surface biomes.

New theory sheds light on how the environment influences human health

Researchers have proposed a groundbreaking new way to study the interaction between complex biological systems in the body and the environment. Their theory suggests the existence of ‘biodynamic interfaces,’ an intermediate entity between the two realms, as opposed to conventional approaches that analyze individual aspects of the interaction between the environment and humans in isolation, according to a new article.

Artificial intelligence reveals hundreds of millions of trees in the Sahara

(University of Copenhagen) There are far more trees in the West African Sahara and Sahel than most would expect. A combination of artificial intelligence and detailed satellite imagery allowed a team from the University of Copenhagen and international collaborators to count all trees across a 1.3 million km2 area of West Africa.

Researchers to track how coastal storms impact groundwater quality

(University of Massachusetts Lowell) UMass Lowell researchers are working to determine how severe coastal storms contribute to water pollution in an effort funded by a $784,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.