Plant clock could be the key to producing more food for the world

A University of Melbourne led study has established how plants use their metabolism to tell time and know when to grow—a discovery that could help leverage growing crops in different environments, including different seasons, ...

Stay-at-home orders cut noise exposure nearly in half

People's exposure to environmental noise dropped nearly in half during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to University of Michigan researchers who analyzed data from the Apple Hearing Study.

A molecular alarm clock awakens resting ovules

At the start of reproductive life an ovary contains, on average, several thousands of immature ovules in a resting state that can last for several decades. But how does each resting ovule know that it is time to prepare for ...

Researchers examine the wake-up times of German Twitter users

For many people, the alarm clock rings much too early on Mondays. These people suffer from a mismatch between their social obligations and natural human circadian rhythms that are dictated by the biological clock, which is ...

The little-known science that improved everything around us

UNESCO has declared 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography. But why? Quite simply because the science of crystallography has revolutionised how we live – and yet few people know about it.

Is that a risotto in your pocket? The app that smells like dinner

Even though we are communicating in more ways than ever using online technology, we remain largely confined to the audiovisual when we do it. An app that has been on sale in Japan for some time aims to add smell into the ...

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