Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 09, 2020
Why the 'uplift of the Tibetan plateau' is a myth
Spicer and colleagues combine stable isotope and fossil paleoaltimetry to chart the growth of Tibet, the Himalaya and the Hengduan mountains through time and show the plateau is young, less that 15 million years old, and evolved not just by the collision of India with Eurasia but through multiple earlier mountain-building events and the infilling of deep ancient lowlands hosting subtropical monsoon-adapted biotas.

Rich interface defects accelerate the electro-oxidation of 5-HMF
High concentration of interfacial sites with rich defects in a 3D hierarchical NiO-Co3O4 electrocatalyst for HMF electro-oxidation created abundant cation vacancies, modulated the electronic properties of Co and Ni atoms, and raised the oxidation states of Ni species.

Asgard archaea including the novel phylum Gerdarchaeota participate in organic matter degradation
Asgard is an archaeal superphylum that might hold the key to understand the origin of eukaryotes, but its diversity and ecological roles remain poorly understood.

A tale of two kinds of volcanoes
At an idyllic island in the Mediterranean Sea, ocean covers up the site of a vast volcanic explosion from 3200 years ago.
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