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6 Deadly Factors Impacting the Environment, and Wh..

In the time that it has taken you to read this sentence, you have fallen through an eternal expanse of stars at approximately 460 metres a second. Clinging to a green and blue ball of rock awash in this endless… read more “6 Deadly Factors Impacting the Environment, and What You Can Do to Help”

Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arcti..

Algae that live in and under the sea ice play a much greater role for the Arctic food web than previously assumed. In a new study, biologists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)… read more “Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arctic Ocean”

Abu Dhabi project uses sand to store solar power

Researchers in Abu Dhabi are testing a pilot device that can store solar energy┬áin sand to improve the efficiency of power plants and provide energy at night. The technology, developed at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, uses… read more “Abu Dhabi project uses sand to store solar power”

Temperature helps drive the emergence of different..

Like people, animals have personalities. And their personalities differ, sometimes hugely, on traits like shyness and aggressiveness. Among the big questions are where those differences come from, why they exist, and how they are maintained. Now researchers from the University… read more “Temperature helps drive the emergence of different personalities in spiders”

Renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and plants

Stanford scientists have discovered a novel way to make plastic from carbon dioxide (CO2) and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses. Researchers say the new technology could provide a low-carbon alternative to plastic bottles and other items… read more “Renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and plants”