Dry conditions spurred advanced photosynthesis
The need to conserve water played a vital role in driving plants to evolve a specialised form of photosynthesis, scientists have shown.
Ecologists gain insight into the likely consequences of global warming
A new insight into the impact that warmer temperatures could have across the world has been uncovered by scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.
Microneedle sensors may allow real-time monitoring of body chemistry
Researchers from North Carolina State University, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of California, San Diego have developed new technology that uses microneedles to allow doctors to detect real-time ...
When inflexibility is counterproductive: Mechanism of UV-induced DNA Dewar lesion revealed
Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation of sunlight can result in skin damage and may even induce skin cancers. Irradiation with UV light causes mutations in the DNA, which can interfere with or even inhibit the ...
Bow down to the light: Light-triggered microscale robotic arm makes bending and stretching motions
(PhysOrg.com) -- As miniaturization progresses, microrobots and nanomachines have moved beyond the realm of pure speculation. This technology requires tiny components that can respond to stimulation by undergoing ...
Scientists: Bacteria spreading in warming oceans
(AP) -- Warning: The warming of the world's oceans can cause serious illness and may cost millions of euros (dollars) in health care charges.
Even low doses of insecticides put honeybees at risk
Scientists in France have discovered that honeybees are at a higher risk of dying from infection by Nosema ceranae (N. ceranae) when they are exposed to low doses of insecticides. The results, presented in ...
Better batteries through nanoscale 3D chemical imaging
Concerns over the finite availability of oil and the effect of greenhouse gases on climate have spurred intense efforts to develop electric-drive vehicles; the major barrier to successful commercialization ...
Has warming put 'Dirty Dozen' pollutants back in the saddle?
"Dirty Dozen" chemicals, including the notoriously toxic DDT, are being freed from Arctic sea ice and snow through global warming, a study published on Sunday suggested.
Oceans in distress foreshadow mass extinction
Pollution and global warming are pushing the world's oceans to the brink of a mass extinction of marine life unseen for tens of millions of years, a consortium of scientists warned Monday.
How is the Arctic Ocean changing?
On coming Wednesday, 15 June, the research vessel Polarstern of the German Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association will set off on its 26th arctic expedition. Over 130 scientists ...
Tapping into plants is the key to combat climate change, says scientist
Understanding the way plants use and store light to produce energy could be the key ingredient in the fight against climate change, a scientist at Queen Mary, University of London says.
Study warns of mercury in Arctic
Global mercury emissions could grow by 25 percent by 2020 if no action is taken to control them, posing a threat to polar bears, whales and seals and the Arctic communities who hunt those animals for food, ...
Avoid risking children's health during home energy retrofits, renovations, experts urge
Home energy retrofits tackle climate change and when done right they should make homes healthier, while aiding families struggling with utility bills.