Volcanic crystals give a new view of magma

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Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano and they’re finding a colder, more solid place than previously thought, according to new research published June 16 in the journal Science.

Combatting weeds with lasers

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A robot automatically identifies weeds in a field and combats them with a short laser pulse. Sustainable agriculture, which avoids the use of herbicides as far as possible, could benefit from this smart idea.

Big fish in big trouble in Europe

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Many large fish species, including many of the sharks and rays of Europe, are threatened with extinction. Confirming the findings of previous studies, scientists highlight regional differences in fish stock status in Europe and point to overfishing in the Mediterranean.

Why the Sumatra earthquake was so severe

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An international team of scientists has found evidence suggesting the dehydration of minerals deep below the ocean floor influenced the severity of the Sumatra earthquake, which took place on Dec. 26, 2004.