The flexible tissue scaffold, shown here emerging from a glass pipette with a tip one millimetre wide, unfolds itself after injection into the body. This could enable surgeons to use minimally invasive techniques, which reduce recovery time, scarring and other negative effects. Credit: Miles Montgomery and Rick Lu A team of U of T Engineering

Flood of Genova, November 2011. Credit: © fotonazario / Fotolia Losses from extreme floods in Europe could more than double by 2050, because of climate change and socioeconomic development. Understanding the risk posed by large-scale floods is of growing importance and will be key for managing climate adaptation. Current flood losses in Europe are likely

The Earth’s magnetosphere is home to the plasma waves being studied by Yuri Shprits and colleagues. Credit: NASA In the 1960s, NASA launched six satellites to study Earth’s atmosphere, magnetosphere and the space between Earth and the moon. Using observations from those satellites, Christopher Russell, a UCLA graduate student at the time, detected mysterious plasma

Antimatter research laboratory. Credit: Professor Niels Madsern Swansea University scientists working at CERN have again made a landmark finding, taking them one step closer to answering the question of why matter exists and illuminating the mysteries of the Big Bang and the birth of the Universe. In their paper published in Nature the physicists from

Heliofungia actiniformis uses pulsed inflation to try to survive coral bleaching. Credit: Brett Lewis, QUT Coral researchers have for the first time captured the specific behaviour of a coral as it’s bleaching. The team from QUT in Australia used a clever combination of microscope, digital camera and smart tablet to record close-up, detailed time-lapse videos

Current coral bleaching in Fiji. Credit: Professor Peter J Mumby, University of Queensland Geoengineering of the climate may be the only way to save coral reefs from mass bleaching, according to new research. Coral reefs are considered one of the most vulnerable ecosystems to future climate change due to rising sea surface temperatures and ocean

This is a macroalgae dominated reef in the Seychelles. Credit: Nicholas Graham Researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs have found a way to predict which reefs are likely to recover following bleaching episodes and which won’t. Coral bleaching is the most immediate threat to reefs from climate change; it’s caused when

Of the more than 1,000 verified planets found by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, eight are less than twice Earth-size and in their stars’ habitable zone. Credit: NASA Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone — a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet’s surface temperature is neither too hot

Methane hydrate recovered from ocean sediments off Svalbard dissociates into water and methane gas under surface pressure and temperature conditions, allowing the methane released to be lit on fire. Credit: Image courtesy of National Oceanography Centre Methane seeps from seafloor deposits near Svalbard release less ‘greenhouse gas’ into the atmosphere than other Arctic sites because

The research team camped in these tents near the drill site in Antarctica. Credit: Reed Scherer Lurking in a lake half a mile beneath Antarctica’s icy surface, methane-eating microbes may mitigate the release of this greenhouse gas into the atmosphere as ice sheets retreat. A new study published in Nature Geoscience traces methane’s previously unknown

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