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Research offers new thoughts on how carbonates record global carbon cycle

November 11, 2019

Calcium carbonates, the most ubiquitous forms of carbonate, are minerals that precipitate from seawater and form layered sedimentary…
Stanford-led research shows huge die-off in ancient biosphere

September 5, 2019

Clues from Canadian rocks formed billions of year ago reveal a previously unknown loss of life even greater…
Terraforming the Surface of Mars with Silica Aerogel?

July 23, 2019

The idea of terraforming Mars and other planets within the Solar System and beyond has not only deep…
Don’t leave microbes out of climate change conversation, experts warn

June 19, 2019

An international group of leading microbiologists have issued a warning, saying that not including microbes – the support…
Earth’s recovery from mass extinction could take millions of years

April 11, 2019

How long will it take our biosphere to recover from the current climate crisis? It’s a question that…
Quantifying evolutionary impacts of humans on the biosphere is harder than it seems

October 17, 2018

Are human disturbances to the environment driving evolutionary changes in animals and plants? A new study conducted by…
Billion-year-old lake deposit yields clues to Earth’s ancient biosphere

July 19, 2018

A sample of ancient oxygen, teased out of a 1.4 billion-year-old evaporative lake deposit in Ontario, provides fresh…
Becoming an expert: From rock to bacteria

May 24, 2018

Microorganisms are not visible to the naked eye, but there are more than 100 million times more microbial…
Less life: Limited phosphorus recycling suppressed early Earth’s biosphere

November 28, 2017

The amount of biomass – life – in Earth’s ancient oceans may have been limited due to low…
Ancient rocks show life could have flourished on Earth 3.2 billion years ago

February 16, 2015

A spark from a lightning bolt, interstellar dust, or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first…
Human Civilization Has Pushed the Earth Beyond 4 out of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries’

January 21, 2015

In 2009, a team of researchers, led by Jonah Rockstrom from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, identified nine distinct…
When life went global

July 8, 2014

 Is a planetary biosphere necessary for the long-term survival of life?   “An origin of life is not…
Data-intensive ecology needed to understand what makes the biosphere tick

February 3, 2014

Journal special issue reports new findings on macrosystems biology: biological sciences writ large…
Could gamification enhance biodiversity decision making tools?

June 21, 2013

Decision making tools used for policy could benefit from adding features inspired from video games to entice more…
Deep biosphere harbors active, growing communities of microorganisms

June 13, 2013

The deep biosphere—the realm of sediments far below the seafloor—harbors a vast ecosystem of bacteria, archaea, and fungi…
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