Category: Environmental

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Neurology: Space travel alters the brain

Public Release: 24-Oct-2018   Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Spending long periods in space not only leads to muscle atrophy and reductions in bone density, it also has lasting effects on the brain. However, little is known about how different tissues of the brain react to exposure to microgravity, and it […]

Common weed killer linked to bee deaths

Public Release: 24-Sep-2018 University of Texas at Austin The world’s most widely used weed killer may also be indirectly killing bees. New research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria […]

Europe plans to burn our Global Forest as Carbon Neutral Renewable Energy, Scientists Protest in mass

Public Release: 12-Sep-2018 Europe’s renewable energy directive poised to harm global forests Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs PRINCETON, N.J.–Europe’s decision to promote the use of wood as a “renewable fuel” will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to […]

Shrimp heal injured fish

Public Release: 22-Aug-2018 James Cook University James Cook University scientists in Australia have discovered that shrimp help heal injured fish. PhD student David Vaughan is working on a project led by Dr Kate Hutson at JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. He said it was important […]

What happens if pesticides and herbicides stop working?

Public Release: 17-May-2018 What happens if we run out? Pesticide resistance needs attention, large-scale study North Carolina State University IMAGE: For new answers to the problems of increased pesticide resistance, landscape-level study is needed, NC State researchers say. Credit: Roger Winstead, NC State University To slow the evolutionary […]

Neonicotinoids may alter estrogen production in humans

Public Release: 26-Apr-2018   An INRS team publishes the first-ever in vitro study demonstrating the potential effects of these pesticides on human health in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives Institut national de la recherche scientifique – INRS Neonicotinoids are currently the most widely used pesticides in the world […]

Wolovick: Geoengineering polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise

Public Release: 19-Mar-2018   A Princeton University researcher suggests a radical solution to prevent catastrophic glacial melting. Princeton University Targeted geoengineering to preserve continental ice sheets deserves serious research and investment, argues an international team of researchers in a Comment published March 14 in the journal Nature. Without […]

Some black holes erase your past

Public Release: 20-Feb-2018   Einstein’s equations allow a non-determinist future inside some black holes University of California – Berkeley Caption A spacetime diagram of the gravitational collapse of a charged spherical star to form a charged black hole. An observer traveling across the event horizon will eventually encounter […]

Medical care for wounded ants

Public Release: 13-Feb-2018   University of Würzburg The African Matabele ants (Megaponera analis) tend to the wounds of their injured comrades. And they do so rather successfully: Without such attendance, 80 percent of the injured ants die; after receiving “medical” treatment, only 10 percent succumb to their injuries. […]

Herbicides now resulting in catastrophic failures

Public Release: 12-Feb-2018 Weeds out of control Spraying weeds with chemicals has always been costly. Now it is costly and ineffective, with resistance to herbicides pervasive and demanding a new strategy to protect crops. Rothamsted Research IMAGE: Black-grass, a pervasive weed with increasing resistance to herbicides, is a […]

12,800 years ago the Earth was on fire

  Public Release: 1-Feb-2018 New research suggests toward end of Ice Age, human beings witnessed fires larger than dinosaur killers University of Kansas LAWRENCE — On a ho-hum day some 12,800 years ago, the Earth had emerged from another ice age. Things were warming up, and the glaciers […]

New type of virus found in the ocean

“about 10 million viruses are found in every milliliter of water” Public Release: 24-Jan-2018 The unusual characteristics of these abundant, bacteria-killing viruses could lead to evolutionary insights Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A type of virus that dominates water samples taken from the world’s oceans has […]

Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions

Public Release: 14-Nov-2017 Artificially cooling planet ‘risky strategy,’ new research shows University of Exeter Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering – […]

How toxic air clouds mental health

Public Release: 2-Nov-2017   University of Washington   IMAGE: This graph shows that as the amount of fine particulate matter in the air increases, so do levels of psychological distress Credit: Victoria Sass, University of Washington There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the […]