Scores of students and professors have left Iraqi universities as the militants of the self-styled Islamic State continue to advance in Iraq and Syria. But now the group may want researchers to return.
Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma
Three weeks after a student-led university boycott escalated into full blown protests bringing parts of the city to a standstill, democracy talks between students and Hong Kong government representatives finally got underway on Tuesday.
An academic’s reputation plays a key role in generating increases in a scientific paper’s citation count early in its citation life cycle, before a tipping point, after which his or her reputation has much less influence relative to the paper’s citation count.
Assessments of the amount of heat being stored in the world’s oceans have been far too low in the past. Now a team of Californian scientists report that estimates of the ocean’s heat content should be boosted by up to 152%.
Public opinion should inform policy decisions about the marine environment, and managerial, scientific and policy priorities should be more responsive to public values, according to a study by Chilean and Australian ecologists.
During 2012-13, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years, a costly and climatically extreme event that depressed the country’s GDP by up to 0.9%.
Australian, Brazilian, Norwegian and Spanish scientists have discovered that Arctic marine organisms are acting as a reservoir for carbon dioxide. The scientists believe that increased levels of ultraviolet B radiation support the capacity of Arctic marine organisms to sequester CO2.