Search results for force of nature

Economics & Business Jun 23, 2022

Loss of nature is pushing nations toward sovereign credit downgrades and 'bankruptcy'

The world's first biodiversity-adjusted sovereign credit ratings shows how ecological destruction affects public finances—driving downgrades, debt crises and soaring borrowing costs, according to a team of economists led ...

Nanomaterials Jun 22, 2022

'Fishing' for toxic contaminants using superparamagnetic nanoparticles

Once a water source is contaminated, it can be costly and difficult to remediate. Natural remedies can take hundreds of years and still may not successfully remove all the dangerous contaminants. When it comes to global public ...

Polymers Jun 22, 2022

New gel protects eggs—and maybe someday, heads—from damage

Humpty Dumpty, the famous egg of nursery rhyme fame, fell off a wall and couldn't be put back together again. But if he'd worn a protective jacket made of gelatin and cornstarch, he could have stayed intact. Researchers in ...

Cell & Microbiology Jun 21, 2022

Intestinal cells and lactic acid bacteria work together to protect against Candida infections

The presence of probiotics such as lactic acid bacteria changes the environment in the intestine and forces the yeast fungus Candida albicans to change its metabolism, making it less infectious. This way, probiotics can contain ...

Ecology Jun 20, 2022

New hybrid machine learning forecasts lake ecosystem responses to climate change

Throughout the middle of the 20th century, phosphorus inputs from detergents and fertilizers degraded the water quality of Switzerland's Lake Geneva, spurring officials to take action to remediate pollution in the 1970s.

Nanophysics Jun 20, 2022

New class of excitons with hybrid dimensionality in layered silicon diphosphide

Researchers from Nanjing University and Beihang University in China and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) in Hamburg, Germany, have produced a new class of exciton with hybrid dimensionality ...

Evolution Jun 20, 2022

Exploring how plants colonized land half a billion years ago

A team led by evolutionary biologist Prof. Dr. Sven Gould of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has been studying the current state of research on the plant colonization of land that occurred some 500 million years ...

Biochemistry Jun 20, 2022

New exfoliation technique 'recovers' biomaterial's piezoelectricity

Piezoelectric materials are applicable in the biomedical field, and if they can be biocompatible and degradable, it will be a big step towards real applications. Recently, a research team at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) ...

Environment Jun 20, 2022

The Amazon rainforest is disappearing quickly and threatening Indigenous people who live there

Forests throughout the world are shrinking year after year—and Brazil is the epicenter. According to the World Wildlife Fund, more than a quarter of the Amazon rainforest will be devoid of trees by 2030 if cutting continues ...

Environment Jun 17, 2022

From dry to deluge, how heavy snow, rain flooded Yellowstone

Just three months ago, the Yellowstone region like most of the West was dragging through an extended drought with little snow in the mountains and wildfire scars in Red Lodge from a year ago when the area was hit by 105-degree ...

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