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Global warming disaster could suffocate life on planet Earth, research shows
(University of Leicester) University of Leicester researchers reveal how Earth's oxygen could dramatically fall due to change in ocean temperature of just several degrees

DFG to fund fifteen new collaborative research centres
(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Topics range from Arctic amplification and data privacy to collaborative media and the physics of atomic nuclei / Approximately 128 million euros in funding for an initial four-year period.

Birkar, Cascini, Hacon, and McKernan to receive 2016 AMS Moore Prize
(American Mathematical Society) Caucher Birkar, Paolo Cascini, Christopher D. Hacon, and James McKernan will receive the 2016 AMS E. H. Moore Research Article Prize for their article 'Existence of minimal models for varieties of log general type,' Journal of the AMS (2010).

Strolling salamanders provide clues on how animals evolved to move from water to land
(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) Around 390 million years ago, the first vertebrate animals moved fromwater onto land, necessitating changes in their musculoskeletal systems to permit aterrestrial life. Forelimbs and hind limbs of the first tetrapods evolved to support moreweight. But what specific mechanisms drove changes in bone function? The tiger salamander might provide some clues.

How finance ministers could fall in love with carbon pricing
(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) Pricing CO2 could help to end the deadlock of international climate policy. Finance ministers around the world would have reason enough to favor carbon taxes or emissions trading even if they do not take into account the risks resulting from unabated greenhouse-gas emissions, a new study shows. While the outcome of the world climate summit in Paris is uncertain, national governments and their economies can profit from taxing CO2 instead of taxing capital or labor -- irrespective of whether or not other countries cooperate.

Using sphere packing models to explain the structure of forests
(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ) Explaining the complex structure of tropical forests is one of the great challenges in ecology. An issue of special interest is the distribution of different sizes of trees, something which is of particular relevance for biomass estimates. Modellers from the UFZ has now developed a new method which can be used to explain the tree size distribution in natural forests. To do so, the scientists use principles from stochastic geometry.

Good medicine left on the shelf?
(James Cook University) A controversial new paper by James Cook University scientist claims many useful new treatments are being left on the shelf by medical researchers.

AugerPrime looks for cosmic superaccelerators
(Karlsruher Institut fr Technologie (KIT) ) The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, an international large-scale experiment to study cosmic rays, will be continued until 2025 and extended to 'AugerPrime'. The observatory, for the project management of which Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is responsible, will be upgraded with new scintillation detectors for a more detailed measurement of gigantic air showers. This is required to identify cosmic objects that accelerate atomic particles up to highest energies.

Finding fake feedback
(Inderscience Publishers) How can consumers, trust customer feedback posted at online shopping sites when hoping to make a purchasing decision? Conversely, how can the company protect its reputation from false negative feedback? Researchers in Australia hope to answer these questions with computer software that can detect false feedback and ensure the integrity of ecommerce trust management systems. They provide details in the International Journal of Trust Management in Computing and Communications.

Town planners underestimate the importance of urban green spaces
(University of Luxembourg) The supply of high-density urban housing has increased, but people continue to choose to live in suburbs and commuter towns. The result is continued urban sprawl and longer commuting times. For the first time, a team of researchers* has used mathematical analysis and a computer simulation model to demonstrate that facilitating access to high quality parks, woodland and other green spaces is central to making town living much more attractive and sustainable.

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