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Coronavirus live updates: New Zealand PM dismisses calls to open borders; UK locks down city of Leicester

Broadway theatres to stay closed until January 2021; Iran reports record daily deathsGlobal report: WHO to send team to China to investigate Covid-19 originsLeicester lockdown: what are the new Covid-19 restrictions?Jacinda Ardern decries ‘dangerous’ calls to reopen New Zealand bordersSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.24am BST A coordinated response to the Covid-19 crisis in the Americas, India and Africa must be led by countries that have suppressed it, writes Adam Tooze, urging us to stay...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, Science, Greece, China, Africa, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Iran, Infectious Diseases, Athens, Broadway, New Zealand


Ancient disease may increase resilience to bubonic plague

Researchers have discovered that Mediterranean populations may be more susceptible to an autoinflammatory disease called familial Mediterranean fever because of evolutionary pressure to survive the bubonic plague epidemics.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean


Eruption of Alaska's Okmok volcano linked to period of extreme cold in ancient Rome

An international team of scientists and historians has found evidence connecting an unexplained period of extreme cold in ancient Rome with an unlikely source: a massive eruption of Alaska's Okmok volcano, located on the opposite side of the Earth. A new study uses an analysis of tephra (volcanic ash) found in Arctic ice cores to link this period of extreme climate in the Mediterranean with the caldera-forming eruption of Alaska's Okmok volcano in 43 BCE.
Tags: Science, Earth, Rome, Alaska, Arctic, Mediterranean, Okmok


Why the Mediterranean is a climate change hotspot

MIT analysis uncovers the basis of the severe rainfall declines predicted by many models.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean


Can deep water masses in the Mediterranean cross the Sicily Strait?

The Sicily Strait, an underwater relief connecting the Italian island with the Tunisian coasts, is not a geological barrier for the deep water circulation between eastern and western Mediterranean -which was always thought to be. Quite the contrary, the contribution of the eastern Mediterranean deep water flow towards the western one can reach 70%, according to a study recently published in the journal Process in Oceanography.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, Sicily Strait


Contamined soils determined root characteristics

University of Cordoba Professor Rafael Villar participated in a study on the variation of root traits among Mediterranean trees planted in metal-contaminated soil
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, University of Córdoba, Rafael Villar


New native grass species have been discovered on the Iberian Peninsula and Menorca

The new species belong to the genus Aira, delicate herbaceous plants, which enjoy their greatest diversity in the Mediterranean Region. One of them, Aira minoricensis is a native species of the siliceous sands of Menorca. The other new species is called Aira hercynica and is widely found in the area of the Iberia Peninsula which approximately coincides with the Iberian Massif
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, Menorca, Iberian Peninsula, Aira, Iberia Peninsula


'Metabolic signature' can determine adherence to Mediterranean diet, help predict CVD risk

A newly identified 'metabolic signature' can evaluate an individual's adherence and metabolic response to the Mediterranean diet and help predict future risk of developing cardiovascular disease
Tags: Science, Mediterranean


Scientists revealed usefulness of culinary herbs

A group of scientists from Sechenov University, Russia, and La Trobe University, Australia, have developed a fast and cost-effective method of detecting and identifying bioactive compounds in complex samples such as plant extracts. They successfully applied the method to examine Mediterranean and Australian native culinary herbs. Three articles on this work were published in Applied Science, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis and Journal of Chromatography A.
Tags: Science, Russia, Mediterranean, Sechenov University, La Trobe University Australia


Invasive lionfish likely to become permanent residents in the Mediterranean

A team of international scientists has shown the species, first seen off the coast of Cyprus in 2012, is now thriving and well-established right across southern Europe
Tags: Science, Cyprus, Mediterranean


Ants restore Mediterranean dry grasslands

A team of ecologists and agronomists led by Thierry Dutoit, a CNRS researcher, studied the impact of the Messor barbarus harvester ant on Mediterranean dry grasslands. Their study shows that these invertebrates accelerated the resilience of plant communities in these degraded grasslands by facilitating their recovery.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, CNRS, Thierry Dutoit


Europe's olive trees face a pandemic of their own

Nutrient-depleting bacteria are decimating olive groves throughout the Mediterranean, with devastating consequences.
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Mediterranean


Diet may help preserve cognitive function

According to a recent analysis of data from two major eye disease studies, adherence to the Mediterranean diet - high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil -- correlates with higher cognitive function.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean


Which Ancient Medicines Turned Out to Be Real?

From the historical record, it would appear that the medical profession ca. ancient times was a death cult with a body fluid fetish, whose members passed the bulk of their workdays draining patients’ blood and/or slathering them with animal droppings. Of course, to fault them for getting it wrong would suggest that…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Surgery, Mediterranean, Ancient Egypt


Fine-tuning radiocarbon dating could 'rewrite' ancient events

A new paper led by Cornell University points out the need for an important new refinement to the technique. The outcomes of his study, published March 18 in Science Advances, have relevance for understanding key dates in Mediterranean history and prehistory, including the tomb of Tutankhamen and a controversial but important volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini.
Tags: Science, Cornell University, Mediterranean


Coronavirus tightens grip on daily life around the globe

By JOE McDONALD and ANGELA CHARLTON BEIJING — The coronavirus tightened its grip on day-to-day life around the world on Saturday as ports in several countries turned back ships with infected passengers, Iran declared a “sacred jihad” against the virus and the Vatican announced it would livestream the pope’s weekly blessing. Around the world, more and more countries were bracing for a big increase in virus cases. Western countries have been increasingly imitating China – where the virus first eme...
Tags: Health, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Milan, News, California, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, China, Germany, Berlin, Singapore


California may need a 'Miracle March' to prevent an early and dangerous wildfire season

Flames from a backfire consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) A brush fire that grew to 175 acres in Norco, California, on Tuesday was perhaps a preview of what could be an early and dangerous wildfire season in a state that just had its driest February on record.It was the eighth fire incident in 2020, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). That already equals...
Tags: Science, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, United States, Accuweather, Mediterranean, Southern California, Central California, Weather Service, California Department of Water Resources, Redding California, SANTA PAULA Calif, Noah Berger, Mike Mohler


Another potent storm to aggravate flooding concerns in southern Europe following Storm Karine

Residents from Spain to France and Italy will be left with little time to clean up behind Storm Karine before the next storm takes aim at the region late this week.Storm Karine blew through southern Europe from late Sunday through much of Monday with soaking rain and high winds. This satellite image shows Storm Karine impacting central Europe on Monday afternoon, local time. (CIRA/RAMMB) In Spain, a powerful wind gust of 137 km/h (85 mph) was clocked late Sunday in the town of Fisterra, bu...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Spain, Italy, Alps, Accuweather, Mediterranean, Balkans, Roys, France Italy, CIRA, Karine, DirecTV Frontier, AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys, Fisterra


Potent storm to eye Spain, France and Italy after abnormally dry February

After a month-long dry spell in much of the western Mediterranean, March will come in like a lion with the arrival of stormy weather.The storm will move into northern Spain, from the Bay of Biscay later on Sunday, and spread rain, gusty winds and some high-elevation snow from Portugal to France."This storm will pack a punch, bringing with it heavy downpours that can lead to flash flooding and mudslides for the first few days of March," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards.The heaviest rai...
Tags: Science, France, Spain, Barcelona, Italy, Portugal, Accuweather, Valencia, Mediterranean, Bay of Biscay, Richards, Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean Sea, Spain France, Balearic Sea, DirecTV Frontier


Extra olive virgin oil keeps healthy properties when used for cooking

Consuming extra virgin olive oil has proved to have protecting effects for the health, especially due to its antioxidant content. However, there are not many studies on whether it is the best oil to use when cooking. A study by the University of Barcelona stated this kind of oil keeps the levels of antioxidants -regarded as health- when used for cooking in the Mediterranean cuisine. These results could be relevant for future nutritional guidelines.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, University of Barcelona


Each Mediterranean island has its own genetic pattern

A Team around Anthropologist Ron Pinhasi from the University of Vienna -- together with researchers from the University of Florence and Harvard University -- found out that prehistoric migration from Africa, Asia and Europe to the Mediterranean islands took place long before the era of the Mediterranean seafaring civilizations. For their analysis they used the DNA of prehistoric individuals from Sicily, Sardinia and the Balearic Islands. The results have been published in Nature Ecology & Evolut...
Tags: Europe, Science, Harvard University, Mediterranean, Balearic Islands, University of Vienna, Africa Asia, Sicily Sardinia, University of Florence, Ron Pinhasi


Ancient DNA from Sardinia reveals 6,000 years of genetic history

A new study of the genetic history of Sardinia, a Mediterranean island off the western coast of Italy, analyzed genome-wide DNA data for 70 individuals from more than 20 Sardinian archaeological sites spanning roughly 6,000 years from the Middle Neolithic through the Medieval period.
Tags: Science, Italy, Mediterranean, Sardinia


University of Minnesota researchers discover Mediterranean diet ingredient may extend life

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School discover a potential new way in which diet influences aging-related diseases.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Medical School


AccuWeather's 2020 Europe spring forecast

The wait is over. AccuWeather's annual spring outlook for Europe is here. The widespread lack of cold air across Europe this winter will continue into the spring, as much of the continent faces above-normal warmth.Severe weather, building drought and periods of stormy weather will also be in the cards for many countries from March through May.Windstorms are not expected to be a major concern as the storm track shifts farther north, with only glancing blows for Ireland and northern parts of t...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Greece, France, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Spain, Ukraine, Ireland, United Kingdom, Paris, Italy, Portugal, Poland


Mediterranean diet promotes gut bacteria linked to 'healthy ageing' in older people

Eating a Mediterranean diet for a year boosts the types of gut bacteria linked to 'healthy' ageing, while reducing those associated with harmful inflammation in older people, indicates a five-country study, published online in the journal Gut.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean


Mediterranean rainfall immediately affected by greenhouse gas changes

Mediterranean-type climates face immediate drops in rainfall when greenhouse gases rise, but this could be interrupted quickly if emissions are cut.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean


Intermittent fasting is the best diet for weight loss, but the Mediterranean diet is easier to stick to and healthier overall, study finds

Researchers at the University of Otago studied people on intermittent fasting, paleo, and Mediterranean diets. Some were easier to stick to.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, University of Otago


Mediterranean sea urchins are more vulnerable than previously thought

The sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus, an eatable species of great commercial interest found in the Mediterranean and North-East Atlantic, is more vulnerable than so far believed. This is stated in a study by the University of Barcelona, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Tromsø (Norway) on the genetic distribution of populations of this species.
Tags: Science, Mediterranean, North East Atlantic, University of Tromsø Norway


Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy). This is shown in a recent study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).
Tags: Science, Catalonia, Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea, Ligurian Sea Northwestern Italy


Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration

New research describes a dynamic climate and vegetation model that explains when regions across Africa, areas of the Middle East, and the Mediterranean were wetter and drier and how the plant composition changed in tandem, possibly providing migration corridors throughout time.
Tags: Science, Africa, Middle East, Mediterranean



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