International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May is the International Day for Biological Diversity. The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity in order to emphasise the importance of protecting the extraordinary wealth consisting of all the species living on…



1 out of 5 plants are endangered

Deforestation and intensive agriculture are the main causes of biodiversity loss, endangering, in fact, one fifth of plant species on Earth (algae and mosses were not taken into account in the report). These are the findings of the State of…



New branches for the tree of life

Researchers at the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses of the University of California, through a complex genomic analysis, have discovered that the tree of life - the diagram that summarises the evolutionary relationships between organisms - is much more complex…



Bioluminescence: the sustainable future of lighting

For years in laboratories worldwide, scientists have been trying to discover the secrets of bioluminescence, a phenomenon by which living organisms emit light through strong chemical reactions during which chemical energy is converted to light. Researchers study microalgae and fish…



Female scientists who have changed the world

Today we celebrate International Women's Day to remember the rights obtained by women in the last century, and those still to be obtained, and to give them greater space than in the other 364 (365 this year) days of the…



Darwin Day 2016

12 February is Darwin Day, the annual event that falls on the birthday of Charles Darwin (born on 12 February 1809), the British naturalist who, with his theory of evolution, changed the interpretation of events in the world of nature.…



International Year of Pulses 2016

2016 will be a year dedicated to pulses. The UN, in fact, has proclaimed it International Year of Pulses, and now it's up to FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, to launch a series of initiatives to raise…

Dallmann-Expedition 2015


Benthos at risk due to climate change

Melting of glaciers is threatening the biodiversity of benthos off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is the result of a study conducted by a group of researchers from Argentina, Germany, Great Britain and from the Alfred Wegener Institute,…



World Development Information Day

24 October will be the World Development Information Day, established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly. That date coincides with the United Nations Day, which celebrates the establishment of the UN in 1945, and adoption, in 1970, of…

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