As the advance of global warming becomes more certain, accurate predictions about its impacts are still largely guesswork. How can we know what long-term warming will do to complex ecosystems? One way is to do a large experiment and see what happens. A new study published in the journal Ecology shows that artificially warming the seawater by 3.5oC in a California bay had dramatic effects on 150 species of seaweeds and animals.
David Schiel (University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand), John Steinbeck (Tenera Environmental, California , USA) and Michael Foster (Moss Landing Marine Labs, California, USA) compiled a 20-year study of coastal sea life along 2 kilometers of a bay affected by hot water from the cooling system of a power generating plant. Many kelp and other large seaweeds virtually disappeared from the bay, grazing snails and sea urchins increased, abalone died and habitats changed throughout the bay.
The study showed that one of the main predictions about the effects of seawater warming on ocean life was wrong: there was no replacement of cold-water species by warm-water species. Instead, a few abundant, widely distributed species were directly affected by the increased temperatures and triggered complex responses throughout the coastal marine communities. “Our study clearly shows that changes in marine systems due to warming are unlikely to be simple. Whether we come up with better ways to predict changes remains to be seen,” said Professor Schiel.
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Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.
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An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.
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A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...
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