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Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
The internet’s vast quantities of information and its popularity among people all over the globe represent a tempting and enormous data pool for researchers. Political strategists, economists, and epidemiologists mine internet usage data to learn about human behaviors and cultural trends, producing...
Contributor(s): Adam Wilson
In a simple but important analysis, Mora and colleagues analyzed climate projections to identify when future warming will exceed the climate envelope of the past 150 years.   They used multiple models (39) and seven climate variables (such as near-surface temperature and precipitation), to quantify...
Contributor(s): Jordan Lang
A new record at 44.7% total conversion efficiency by a consortium of German and French researchers at Fraunhofer ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti, and the Helmholtz Center Berlin has demonstrated the viability of an untraditional design for high-efficiency solar cells.  The breakthrough was achieved using “...
Contributor(s): Thomas Crowther
Understanding the ecological mechanisms governing the biogeogoraphy of organisms is essential to predict how climate change will alter ecosystems and their functioning. Factors affecting the patterns of aboveground plant and animal communities across landscapes have received extensive attention in...
Contributor(s): Xavier Levine
The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) — responsible for most of the precipitation on Earth — is defined by a pronounced maximum rainfall occurring 5◦ north of the equator over most ocean basins.   The existence of an ITCZ directly derives from large meridional-overturning atmospheric cells in...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Frogs that eat holiday lights, birds that eat plastic, and beetles attempting to mate with beer bottles are all examples of organisms that have fallen victim to what biologists call “evolutionary traps.”  Whereas natural selection typically produces organisms that behave in ways to maximize their...
Contributor(s): Jonathan Mellor
Research published in Science has highlighted the potentially deleterious effects of climate change on global food security. As defined by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, food security has a number of components.  These include food availability, access and utilization as...

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