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  • Starlings fly in tight formation in Scotland's evening sky, forming a shape-shifting, cloud-like appearance — a true natural wonder. Usually, these birds flock together ahead of sundown before rapidly returning to the ground to rest.
    Starlings fly in tight formation in Scotland's evening sky, forming a shape-shifting, cloud-like appearance — a true natural wonder. Usually, these birds flock together ahead of sundown before rapidly returning to the ground to rest.Stuart Walker/i-Images/imago images Open fig caption

    Starlings and their fascinating flight formations

    These birds form incredible, moving shapes in the sky that researchers believe serve a key purpose: safety. These so-called murmurations are also a treat for observers and photographers.

  • Leaky natural gas pipelines are a huge source of 'fugitive' methane emissions
    Leaky natural gas pipelines are a huge source of 'fugitive' methane emissionsMaria Tuxen Hedegaard/Energinet Open fig caption

    Methane gas: What's the big deal?

    Methane leaking from pipelines on the floor of the Baltic Sea are only the tip of the iceberg: Scientists have reported that methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are far worse than previously thought.

  • Hydrogen is being touted as the fuel to clean up our most carbon-intensive industries
    Hydrogen is being touted as the fuel to clean up our most carbon-intensive industriesAlexander Limbach/imago images Open fig caption

    Hydrogen: What's the big deal?

    Hydrogen has been hyped as key to a global energy transition. After a slow start, it has received a boost from a Canada-Germany deal. So what does the future hold for the low-carbon fuel?

  • Life after weightlessness

    Astronaut Matthias Maurer recently returned to Earth after spending almost half a year in space. Extraterrestrial stays can put a lot of strain on the human body. DW Reporter Lea Albrecht met up with him and asked: Has weightless life left its mark?

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