Study finds new way in which plants control flower production
The timing of flowering in plants is critical. It can have profound effects on flower, fruit, and seed production, and consequently agricultural yields. This process is known to depend on daylight and temperature ...
Folding light: Wrinkles and twists boost power from solar panels
Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to significantly increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.
New catalyst for safe, reversible hydrogen storage
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have developed a new catalyst that reversibly converts hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide to a liquid under very mild conditions. ...
Scientists develop new class of small molecules through innovative chemistry
Inspired by natural products, scientists on the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute have created a new class of small molecules with the potential to serve as a rich foundation for drug discovery.
US energy use chart shows we waste more than half of our energy
Discovery paves way for development of efficient, inexpensive plastic solar cells
Physicists at Rutgers University have discovered new properties in a material that could result in efficient and inexpensive plastic solar cells for pollution-free electricity production.
One Sponge-Like Material, Three Different Applications
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new sponge-like material that is black, brittle and freeze-dried (just like the ice cream astronauts eat) can pull off some pretty impressive feats. Designed by Northwestern University chemists, it can ...
Scientists announce development of wheat strain that produces 30% greater yields
Nanowires have the power to revolutionize solar energy (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —Capture up to 12 times more light to produce more energy? Nanowires do just that and surpass expectations on solar energy production.
Eating less meat would benefit the nutrient cycle
A new report suggests that halving our consumption of animal products could benefit the environment by improving nutrient cycles.
Researchers crack olfactory code for partner selection, synthesise first biologically effective perfume
(Medical Xpress)—Individual body odour plays an important role in partner selection. Humans, mice, fish and birds, and probably other vertebrates too, receive important information about a potential partner's ...
Pesticides killing amphibians, says study
A plunge in the world's population of frogs and toads may be blamed, at least in part, on farm pesticides, researchers in Germany said on Thursday.
Analysis of fracking wastewater yields some surprises
Hydraulically fractured natural gas wells are producing less wastewater per unit of gas recovered than conventional wells would. But the scale of fracking operations in the Marcellus shale region is so vast that the wastewater ...
Scientists find tiny fragments of plastic in the digestive systems of fish pulled from the English Channel
The discovery, by a team from Plymouth University and the UK Marine Biological Association, highlights the growing problem of plastic contamination of marine environments.