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Marine plankton

Novel lenses enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution

Silica shell of diatom in fine detail

Röntgenhologramm einer Schale der Kieselalge Actinoptychus senarius mit einem Durchmesser von nur 0,1 Millimetern. Die 5000fache Vergrößerung zeigt feinste Details der Struktur.
[08. December 2017] 

In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute scientists at DESY, a Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association, have developed novel lenses that enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution in the nanometre regime.


Business as usual would not be sustainable

How the oceans can help satisfy the global demond for food

Wie können die Ozeane als Nahrungsquelle nachhaltig genutzt werden? Das europäische Konsortium SAPEA hat dazu jetzt ein Gutachten vorgelegt.
[04. December 2017] 

How can the oceans help satisfy the global demond for food. This question has been examined in the first Evidence Review Report by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) titled "Food from the Oceans".


Retreating permafrost coasts threaten the fragile Arctic environment

The EU project Nunataryuk will determine the effects of permafrost thaw on Earth’s coldest shorelines

Kuestenerosion auf der russischen Permafrostinsel Muostakh
[22. November 2017] 

Permafrost makes up a quarter of the landmass in the Northern Hemisphere. A large EU project, coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, is now exploring the consequences for the global climate and for the people living in the Arctic. But that’s not all: working together with residents of the Arctic region, the researchers will also co-design strategies for the future in order to cope with ongoing climate change.

Nature Conservation

International Oyster Alliance

Founding of the Native Oyster Restoration Alliance (NORA) to restore the European oyster

Europäische Auster
[14. November 2017] 

At an international workshop, nature conservation authorities and organisations, scientists and oyster farmers have founded a European network. Their goal is to reintroduce and restore stocks of the now rare and highly endangered native European oyster.

Climate Research

The end of the African Humid Period

Cooling in high and mid-latitudes led to aridification in Northern Africa

[08. November 2017] 

Researchers from several European institutions found that northern high-latitude cooling played a role in triggering the rapid termination of the African Humid Period 5500 years ago.