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Food or fuel? How environmental is biofuel?

At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, importing countries asked themselves if there were alternatives. In the United States, Europe and Brazil, the idea of growing crops to produce fuel for cars was appealing. The… read more “Food or fuel? How environmental is biofuel?”

Crime-Scene Technique Used to Track Turtles

Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean. University of Exeter researchers measured “stable isotope ratios” – a chemical signature also used by forensic scientists – to… read more “Crime-Scene Technique Used to Track Turtles”

Briny Pool Bacteria Can Clean Up and Power Up

Warm and salty wastewater is a by-product of many industries, including oil and gas production, seafood processing and textile dyeing. KAUST researchers are exploring ways to detoxify such wastewater while simultaneously generating electricity. They are using bacteria with remarkable properties:… read more “Briny Pool Bacteria Can Clean Up and Power Up”

More Milkweeds Throughout the Landscape Can Help M..

Adding milkweeds and other native flowering plants into midwestern agricultural lands is key to restoring monarch butterflies, with people sooweing milkweed everywhere they can being critically needed for success. In a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University… read more “More Milkweeds Throughout the Landscape Can Help Monarchs”

‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanis..

Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn’t be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But splattered insects have gone the way of the Chevy Nova — you just don’t see them on the road… read more “‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanish from nature preserves”