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17/03/2017

Update on the Environmental Effects of Wind farms in Belgian Waters

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Sigrid Maebe

In Belgian waters, three wind farms are now operational, one is under construction, and five more will be constructed in the near future.

Mandible of the Neanderthal individual Spy II. The DNA in the calculus shows that the woolly rhinoceros was on the menu. The bacterial composition is similar to that in carnivores. (Photo: RBINS)
08/03/2017

Dental Calculus Reveals Neanderthal Menu

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Reinout Verbeke

Neanderthals from the Belgian Spy cave mostly ate meat, like woolly rhinoceros. Their family members in northern Spain, however, were vegetarians. Researchers discovered these varying eating habits by analyzing DNA in dental calculus.

To analyze the deformation of the earth’s surface after an earthquake, Katleen creates an interferogram. (photo: Katleen Wils)
23/02/2017

This is How Geologists Measure Movement of the Surface After an Earthquake

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Jonas Van Boxel

Katleen Wils studies earthquake zones in Chile. She maps the tiniest movements of the surface with colourful satellite images. 

Map of the 22 sampled communities of animals and plants. The colors represent the strength to which each community shifted towards warm (pink) or cold-dwelling species (blue).
17/02/2017

More Warm-dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change

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Reinout Verbeke

Populations of warm-dwelling species have increased in Central Europe since 1980, particularly among terrestrial species, a new comprehensive study claims.

A typical city-dwelling carabid beetle: Harpalus affinis. De species tolerates higher temperatures and has long wings. (Photo: Andrey Vlasenko)
07/02/2017

Urbanization Leads to Poorer Insect Communities

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Reinout Verbeke

Cities eliminate less mobile species and favour those that thrive at higher temperatures. This is the conclusion of a field study conducted in 81 places in Belgium.

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