Warmer temperatures limit impact of parasites, boost pest populations
Climate change is expected to disrupt ecosystems by changing the life cycles of insects and other organisms in unpredictable ways - and scientists are getting a preview of these changes in cities. Research from North Carolina ...
Permafrost soil: Possible source of abrupt rise in greenhouse gases at end of last Ice Age
Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have identified a possible source of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases that were abruptly released ...
SolaRoad: World's first solar cycle path to open in the Netherlands
Imtech, in conjunction with the Province of Noord-Holland, Ooms Civiel, has developed the world's first solar road located in Krommwnie, Holland. The solar cycle path will be connected to the national grid ...
A database of enzyme diversity
Scientists have a constructed a new database of the diversity in an enzyme that is used by microorganisms to metabolize sulfur.
Room to move: Tissue growth controlled by cell cycle response to spatial and mechanical constraints
The origins of multicellular life
The biological world around us is dominated by multicellular plants and animals. All of these intricate forms have evolved from far simpler, single celled ancestors.
Goodbye Big Bang, hello black hole? A new theory of the universe's creation
Could the famed "Big Bang" theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole and ejected ...
Strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be financially attractive
Incorporating a grain legume in a two-year cropping rotation decreased greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production, according to a study by researchers from The University of Western Australia.
Researchers discover new clues to determining the solar cycle
Approximately every 11 years, the sun undergoes a complete personality change from quiet and calm to violently active. The height of the sun's activity, known as solar maximum, is a time of numerous sunspots, ...
Forests lose essential nitrogen in surprising way, find scientists
Even during summer dry spells, some patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged. Researchers have discovered that these patches act as hot spots of microbial activity that remove nitrogen from ...
Protecting native forests more valuable than logging
New research has found Mountain Ash forests provide more value to the community and the global climate when protected and not logged.
A noble gas cage: New material traps gases from nuclear fuel better
When nuclear fuel gets recycled, the process releases radioactive krypton and xenon gases. Naturally occurring uranium in rock contaminates basements with the related gas radon. A new porous material called ...
New study shows three abrupt pulse of carbon dioxide during last deglaciation
A new study shows that the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributed to the end of the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago did not occur gradually, but was characterized by three "pulses" in ...
How to capture 1,500 solar images in a five minute flight
Quick: how do you aim an instrument at the Sun from a moving rocket on a fifteen minute suborbital flight?