Middle East loses sea full of water in seven years

Scientists have discovered that an already dry part of the Middle East has lost 144 cubic kilometers of water in just seven years. That is roughly comparable to the amount of water in the Dead Sea. The researchers studied the area along the Tigris and Euphrates: from Turkey, to Syria, Iran and Iraq (see above).

Starship is coming closer this week

Does humanity have a starship by 2112? If it is up to the initiators of 100 Year Starship. This week the 100 Year Starship exhibition takes place, where speakers and guests talk about the possibility to travel to another planetary system within a hundred years. In May we already wrote about 100 Year Starship (100YSS).

Plant swims away for fear of predators

Scientists have discovered that phytoplankton, microscopic sea plants, is able to choose the hare path when it feels threatened. And that is a first: as far as is known, no other plant does that. The researchers studied how phytoplankton and zooplankton dealt with each other when they accidentally discovered that phytoplankton sometimes chose the hare path.

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Egyptian lions on the pill

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Darwin in the city: evolution in cities is in full swing

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Cancer appears to be secretly communicating with light

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