World Food Day 2016

16 October is World Food Day, organised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to commemorate the anniversary of its founding on 16 October 1945. The first edition of World Food Day, which is celebrated today by 150…



The smell of the bee that’s not there…

Among the different species of ceropegias, plants grown for ornamental use, very intriguing is the strategy of Ceropegia sandersonii which, to attract pollinating insects, produces the smell that a bee attacked by a spider emits to launch a warning signal…

Diverse Coral Reef


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…



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…



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…



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…

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