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A meta-analysis of crop yield under climate change and adaptation

Feeding a growing global population in a changing climate presents a significant challenge to society. The projected yields of crops under a range of agricultural and climatic scenarios are needed to assess food security prospects.

Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocity

The implications of anthropogenic climate change for biodiversity at global and local scales are not yet fully known or appreciated. Here we use the velocity of climate change to derive trajectories corresponding to organisms tracking their climatic niche.

Ancient aqueous environments at Endeavour Crater, Mars

At Matijevic Hill on the rim of Endeavour Crater, the rover Opportunity has investigated the oldest rocks it has yet encountered, dating from the Noachian era.

Chapter One - Biology and Ecology of Irukandji Jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa)

The potentially fatal Irukandji Syndrome is relatively common in tropical waters throughout the world. It is caused by the sting of the Irukandji jellyfish, a family of box jellyfish that are almost impossible to detect in the water due to their small size and transparency.

Projected response of the Indian Ocean Dipole to greenhouse warming

A phenomenon in the Indian Ocean that affects events in southeast Australia is helping to predict extreme weather up to six months in advance.

Baryons in the relativistic jets of the stellar-mass black-hole candidate 4U1630-47

High-speed 'jets' spat out by black holes pack a lot of power because they contain heavy atoms, astronomers have found.

Natural gold particles in Eucalyptus leaves and their relevance to exploration for buried gold deposits

Eucalyptus trees in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing in their leaves and branches.

Maximizing the environmental benefits of carbon farming through ecosystem service delivery

'Best practice' carbon farming that considers more than just the carbon in trees is needed if the full benefits of trees in the landscape are to be realised by farmers, landholders, and the community.

The material footprint of nations

Metrics on resource use and productivity currently used by governments suggest that some developed countries have achieved a relative or absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource use. Using the material footprint as a consumption-based indicator of resource use we find the contrary.

Isolation and characterization of a bat SARS-like coronavirus that uses the ACE2 receptor

A team of international scientists has isolated a very close relative of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) from horseshoe bats in China, confirming them as the origin of the virus responsible for the 2002-2003 pandemic.