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The ‘microbial garden’ taking the shine off glaciers

- The first ecological study of an entire glacier has found that microbes drastically reduce surface reflectivity and therefore have an impact on the amount of sunlight that is reflected into space.

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Clouds: bright and with a fresh pine scent

- A new study has shed light on the first step of cloud formation, revealing that organic oxides – such as the molecule responsible for giving pine forests their smell – are a vital ingredient.

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El Niño offers a new way to predict poor harvests in a changing climate

- Scientists have announced the findings of the first study on the connection between the El Niño and global crop yield fluctuations, providing a new tool for adapting food security to climate change.

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Super-charged tropical trees

- A team of scientists has found that Borneo’s productive trees are vitally important for global carbon cycling.

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Teaming up with M&S for a new online course in business innovation

- World class innovation by leading retailer Marks & Spencer is featured in one of two free online courses launched today by the University of Leeds.

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Leeds professor elected to Royal Society

- Sheena Radford, Astbury Professor of Biophysics at the University of Leeds, has been made a fellow of the Royal Society.

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