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New hi-tech climate research station in Greenland

A new, state-of-the art research station is currently being built in the far north of Greenland. Here researchers will study how climate change affects the high-Arctic air, sea and wildlife.

Storm clouds are full of live bacteria

Hailstones are brimming with microscopic life, but mostly from plants, new study reveals.

The Greenland ice sheet will survive global warming

The inland ice will not disappear even though Earth’s climate is getting warmer. But the higher temperatures will lead to substantial melting of Antarctica, new study finds.

Synthetic supermolecule to fight cancer, arthritis and herpes

They look like tiny trees and they can be used to produce everything from printer ink to cancer drugs. New book outlines the great therapeutic potential of the supermolecules known as dendrimers.

Mercury pollution robs EU kids of billions

Global mercury pollution affects children’s brain functions and thus also their odds of getting a low-salary job. The total annual loss of life earnings amounts to €9 billion.

Renewed worries over carcinogens in foods

Acrylamide, a substance that can be formed during food preparation, has been linked with an increased cancer risk in the past. A new study brings us one step closer to proving that link.

Thawing permafrost emits more carbon than expected

Thawed Arctic permafrost emits more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than scientists have thought. This can have frightening consequences, warns a researcher.

X-ray chemist solves cholera mystery

How ill you get from cholera depends on your blood group. A new remedy for the feared illness can be found by studying the molecular structure in the toxin in the cholera bacteria.

Oilfields have reduced their methane emissions

Capturing methane-rich natural gas from oilfields has helped ensure that emissions of methane have been far lower than expected, a new study shows.

Hydrogen sulphide and lack of oxygen stifled early life

After the Triassic geological period gave way to the Jurassic, life was almost impossible on the seabed in coastal waters. The water here lacked oxygen but was rich in toxic hydrogen sulphide.