Tag: nature

  • Big data… Plants… Planets… Universe…

    Big data… Plants… Planets… Universe…

    A group of Florida Museum of Natural History scientists has issued a “call to action” to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how plant life will fare on an increasingly human-dominated planet. In a commentary published today in Nature Plants, the scientists urged their colleagues to take […]

  • Ice loss. From above…

    Decades of satellite monitoring reveal Antarctic ice loss. (1) People sitting in the warmth of their home. Never to step on ice at all. Knowing all there is to know about ice… Detecting ice changes from above… Heidegger once said it pretty eloquently. The problem with technology is not that it doesn’t work. But that […]

  • Active mountains… Small flowers…

    New research helps explain why the structure of some mountains continues to evolve long after the tectonic forces that formed them cease. (1) Mountains remaining active for millions of years. Seemingly eternal. But in fact, as fragile as the smallest flower. Look at it. It is more important. It is stronger. Because, unlike the mountain, […]

  • Reading rocks. Being water. Drops of water.

    Crystals from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption have demonstrated a new way to recognize pre-eruption signals at Eyjafjallajökull and potentially other, similar volcanoes around the world. (1) Reading the story of the planet on rocks. But don’t be fooled. The story of our cosmos is not carved on stone. Our story is written on water. Ever […]

  • Causality debunked.

    Researchers at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences develop a new theoretical framework to describe how causal structures in quantum mechanics transform. They analyze under which conditions quantum mechanics allows the causal structure of the world to become “fuzzy.” In this case, a fixed order of events is not possible. The […]