A stand of
Miscanthus x giganteus at the University of Illinois’s Energy Farm.
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In the eastern reaches of Siberia, scientists discovered plants with exceptional cold tolerance that could be the key to sustainable bioenergy production.
Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts, Vladimir Uliyanov and Maxim Kozlikin (clockwise from top) examining sediments in the East Chamber of Denisova Cave.
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New studies reveal when the Denisovans and their Neanderthal cousins occupied a cave in southern Siberia. It's the only site known to have been inhabited by them and by modern humans.
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Plankton in the world's oldest and deepest lake are being disrupted by exceptionally warm waters.
An artist’s impression of Siberian unicorns (
Elasmotherium) walking in the steppe grass on a cloudy day.
The loss of the Siberian unicorn shows just how vulnerable some animals can be to environmental change that can impact on their food supply.
A 20-year-old experiment is testing whether filling the Arctic tundra with animals could keep carbon trapped in the ground.
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No matter how cold it is, you're lucky you don't live on Venus.
The Russian town of Noril’sk contains the world’s most valuable source of mined nickel.
Noril'sk mine and town, 2014.
The Noril’sk nickel deposits In Russia are unique: giant volcanic eruptions 250 million years ago released colossal amounts of nickel into the atmosphere, kickstarting the Great Dying.
Siberia's red river reminds us that mining for minerals and metals can still compromise the environment.
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Satellite images show smoke covering Russia for thousands of kilometres.
The Baikal seal is found nowhere else on Earth.
Plans to dam Lake Baikal's most important tributary could kick off an international dispute.
An Inupiat Eskimo family from Alaska in 1929, whose ancestors would have crossed Beringia thousands of years previously.
The theory that the Americas were populated by humans crossing from Siberia to Alaska across a land bridge was first proposed as far back as 1590, and has been generally accepted since the 1930s. But genetic…
Cracks appearing in the permafrost signal that a thaw is coming.
Arctic sea ice is retreating, with projections suggesting that the summer months will be substantially ice-free within the next few years. Nations are waking up to the possibilities for shipping and resource…
Stalactites and stalagmites in Siberia have shown evidence of thawing, threatening a release of giga-tonnes of stored carbon…
When you hear the words “international team of scientists” run for the hills.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
What ever happened to quality science reporting in the mainstream media? Why do so many journalists seem to simply accept press releases as fact? Are qualifications no longer relevant when it comes to…