MRI contrast agent detected in cola

The study finds gadolinium in fast-food drinks of all German cities examined Because coke and other drinks are mixed with tap water in fast food restaurants, they are contaminated with the rare earth element gadolinium - and probably other drug residues as well. © artisteer / iStock Read out Not tasty: In many German cities are residues of the contrast medium gadolinium in the coke of fast food chains, as tests prove.
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Roman aqueduct reveals earthquakes

Former aqueduct provides evidence of historical Erdst e in the Rhineland Among other things, the Romans built a long bridge over the Swist for their aqueduct - this simulation shows what it looked like. © public domain Read out Aqueduct as a whistleblower: About 1.900 years ago, the earth shook violently in the Rhineland.
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First pictures from the wreck of HMS Terror

Video footage shows the interior of the famous ship of the Franklin Expedition Plates, glasses and other everyday objects in the officers' mess of the HMS terror - recordings of a diving robot reveal for the first time the inside of the famous shipwreck. © Parks Canada, Underwater Archeology Team Read out Unique Shots: For the first time ever, a diving robot has been taking pictures from within the HMS Terror - the ship of the famous Franklin Expedition through the Northwest Passage.
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Europe: climate extremes overtake forecasts

Extreme hot days have become hotter in Central Europe since 1950 by five degrees Europe during the heatwave at the end of July 2019. Extremely hot days have become more frequent and hotter, especially in Central Europe. © European Space Agency Read out A clear signal: in Europe, the number of summer hot days since 1950 has tripled.
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Karoo flood basalts have deep roots

A mantle plume fed the volcanic mega-eruption 180 million years ago The Karoo eruptions 180 million years ago left a thick layer of basalt in southern Africa and the Antarctic, here in the Drakensberg in South Africa. © JMK / CC-by-sa 3.0 Read out But a hotspot: The Karoo flood basalts in South Africa and the Antarctic are one of the largest volcanic areas on earth - and they have deeper roots than previously thought.
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Climate change: Too hot for the Hajj?

Heat in Mecca and other Islamic pilgrimages could reach deadly values The pilgrimage to Mecca is a must for devout Muslims, but climate change could make the conditions dangerous. © MIT Read out Deadly pilgrimage? The holy places of Islam could soon become too hot for many pilgrim Muslims. Because when Hajj falls into the summer, life-threatening combinations of heat and humidity will prevail more and more in Mecca and the surrounding area, as researchers have discovered.
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Model helps detect CO2 leaks

New method could assist in the monitoring of CO2 storage in the sea For future CO2 storage under the seabed, gas leaks must be detected quickly. © Christian Howe, http://www.h2owe.de/ Read out Leakage: CO2 storage under the seabed is being discussed as a climate change strategy - but critics are worried about possible leaks.
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Dense building network spans Germany

No location is further than 6.3 kilometers from the nearest building Germany is densely populated almost everywhere - the next building is never more than 6.3 kilometers away. © Milenny / iStock Read out No matter where you are in Germany - the next building is only a few kilometers away. As researchers have measured, the distance to the nearest house in any location in our country is more than 6.
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Climate change: escaping or standing still?

Researchers plead for an orderly withdrawal from endangered coastal areas In the long run, many coastal areas could become victims of the rising seas, despite protective measures. © unterorld111 / iStock Read out Displaced by water: For many coastal areas, climate change could only provide a long-term solution: orderly withdrawal.
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Climate change: costs hit everyone

Climate change could cost the world economy seven percent of global per capita income The climate impacts of unchecked warming harm the entire world economy - even for the rich countries of temperate latitudes it will be expensive. © Leolintang / iStock Read out It will be expensive: if climate change continues unabated, its consequences will cost mankind by the year 2100 a good seven percent of global per capita income.
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Arctic: meltwater as a CO2 sink

Glacial rivers in the Canadian Arctic swallow more carbon dioxide than the Amazon rainforest The confluence of a glacial river with Lake Hazen in the Canadian High Arctic. These waters absorb a surprising amount of CO2 from the air. © Kyra A. St. Pierre Read out Surprising discovery: glacial meltwater can act as a natural CO2 smoker - and surprisingly effective.
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Identified mystery volcano of late antiquity

Eruption in El Salvador stopped Mayan abuses and favored the plague in Europe The caldera of Ilopango volcano is now filled by a large crater lake. About 1.500 years ago, his outbreak could have contributed to the climatic collapse in late antiquity. © NASA / GSFC / METI / ERSDAC / JAROS, US / Japan ASTER Science Team Read out Dramatic consequences: About 1, 500 years ago, one of the strongest volcanic eruptions in history occurred in El Salvador.
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Celtic druid gets a face

Researchers are reconstructing the appearance of a Celtic woman from the Hebrides Eye to eye with a Celtic druid: forensic scientist Karen Fleming with her reconstructed face of the druid "Hilda" © University of Dundee Read out Weise Alte: Little is known about the female druids of the Celts until today.
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Giant penguin discovered in New Zealand

Primeval Bird is one of the oldest and largest known penguins At 1.60 meters tall, the giant penguin was as tall as many living humans today. © Canterbury Museum Read out Fossil giant: Researchers discovered the fossil of a gigantic penguin in New Zealand - he was the size of a small human being. The 60 million year old prehistoric bird is one of the oldest and largest known penguins in the world.
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Australia: Huge volcanic area discovered

The subsoil of Central Australia hides more than 100 ancient volcanoes 160 to 180 million years ago, more than 100 volcanoes transformed the center of Australia into a lava and fire sea. © Vershinin M / iStock Read out Twice as big as Mallorca: In the center of Australia, researchers have discovered an enormous volcanic area - covering over 7, 500 square kilometers.
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Icebergs cool southern hemisphere

The cooling effect of increased iceberg formation could lead to temporary postponement of the climate Large icebergs like this can help cool the South Ocean - temporarily delaying warming. © Elizabeth Crapo / NOAA Read out Like ice cubes in a glass: Climate change not only melts the Antarctic glaciers, they could also calve more icebergs.
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Tropics: CO2 sling instead of sink?

Current net carbon footprint of the tropics contradicts current assumptions So far, the tropics have been considered a reliable carbon sink, but there are apparently tropical regions that emit far more CO2 than absorb. © TG Trade / iStock Read out Contradiction to theory: Apparently, the tropics are by no means always and everywhere a carbon sink, as commonly assumed.
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17 countries are close to the "Day Zero

Water Risk Atlas shows hotspots for water shortage 17 countries suffer from extreme water stress, many more are also threatened by a lack of water. © cinoby / iStock Read out Water alarm: A quarter of the world's population is at risk of acute water shortage, as revealed by a new Atlas water risk.
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IPCC report: Climate protection and land use

Changing diets and sustainable agriculture could do much to save CO2 Changes in land use can drive climate change but also counteract it. © Ben Goode / iStock Read out Our actions are decisive: A new IPCC special report underlines the importance of land use, but also of our diet for the KIima. For even a conversion of meat-based and less sustainable food production could save a large part of the emissions that are caused by human land use.
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Death of a planet

Crust hole in front of the US West Coast provides insight into the end of an ocean plate The Juan de Fuca plate gives important insights into how ocean plates "die". Already now a huge hole announces its coming end. © USGS / NASA Read out How earth plates die: Geologists are currently witnessing the "death" of a tectonic plate off the US West Coast.
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