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Black skin in a live Black vulture (Coragyps atratus) (Photo: Michaël Nicolaï)
02/06/2020

Underneath The Feathers: Darker Bird Skin Protects Against UV Light

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists from the University of Ghent discovered that bird skin becomes darker towards the equator. Tanned skin protects birds from harmful UV light. This evolutionary pattern was already know for humans and reptiles.

visual representing biodiversity in imbalance for the benefit of humans
21/05/2020

Save biodiversity, together & now!

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Charlotte Degueldre

Biodiversity is crucial for our survival and well-being. She nourishes and heals us. She offers us oxygen and drinkable water. Biodiversity takes care of us, but is under threat. It is urgent to change our lifestyle and act to preserve life, including and our lifes, on the planet.

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Ninon during sampling in an offshore wind farm. (© RBINS/N. Mavraki)
20/05/2020

On the food-web ecology of offshore wind farms, the kingdom of suspension feeders

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Kelle Moreau

The rapidly developing offshore wind industry in the North Sea gives rise to concerns on the impact of wind turbines on the marine environment, including effects on ecosystem functioning.

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Scientific News
Integrated map with all utility functions, from the Marine Spatial Plan 2020-2026.
17/05/2020

Something is Moving at Sea: New Marine Spatial Plan 2020-2026

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Kelle Moreau

On 20 March 2020, the new Belgian marine spatial plan (2020-2026) came into force. The plan provides a spatial arrangement, integrating the various utility functions of the Belgian part of the North Sea.

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Scientific News
Our wood Iguanodon, in front of the museum, with its mask (photo: Stéphane Van Israël, RBINS)
14/05/2020

The Museum is partly reopening

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Charlotte Degueldre

Do you miss our dinosaurs? Haven’t had a chance to visit our Antarctica temporary exhibition?

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