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Soil: a major resource for storing carbon

© Wikimedia Commons : Hélène Rival, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Agricultural land in the plain of Forez, Les Massards, Loire.   The CO2 absorbed by plants ends up in the form of carbon in the organic matter that makes up our planet’s soils. The 4 per 1000...
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Science and health

Hearing superpowers!

Did you know that vision has a calibrating role in locating events in space? But then how do blind people locate sound around them? The answer may surprise you... Vision’s predominant role in the perception of space We have all seen a ventriloquist perform. The ventriloquist uses...
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When bacteria hang on tight

  The small world of bacteria never ceases to amaze us. Prof. Yves Dufrêne’s team has just demonstrated that a staphylococcus is capable of clinging fiercely to a host cell in the event of mechanical stress and then ‘letting go’ beyond a certain threshold. To infect more...
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Science and environment

Where colonisation accelerated erosion tenfold

Photo taken at the Bio Bio region (Chile), V. Vanacker, March 2013 Over the last century, human activities in North America have resulted in sediment movement equivalent to 3,000 years of natural erosion processes. A large-scale study published in Nature Communications reveals...
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Science and environment

Brazilian beef accounts for 20% of global deforestation

More transparency concerning the origin and ecological footprint of food is the key to building more sustainable supply chains. UCLouvain researchers took a closer look at Brazilian beef, whose production is responsible for one-fifth of the planet’s deforestation, some of it illegal....
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