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Diverse Coral Reef

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Biodiversity at risk

14.7% of the land and 10% of the territorial waters of our planet are protected through the establishment of national parks or other types of protected areas: many steps forward have been taken, and we are not far from achieving…

stromatoliti

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Fossils dating back 3.7 billion years discovered

A team of Australian researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) has made an extraordinary discovery: it has brought to light the oldest fossils in the world. These are stromatolite fossils dating back 3.7 billion years and which have been…

focamonaca

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New specimen of the monk seal spotted in the Egadi islands

A new specimen of the monk seal has been spotted in the Egadi islands, thanks to the monitoring carried out by ISPRA and by the Managing Body of the "Egadi Islands" Protected Marine Area¬†(PMA), in collaboration with the Ministry of…

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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…

pianterischio

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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…

alberodellavita

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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…

bioluminescenza

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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