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July 03 2020

18:12

First evidence of snake-like venom glands found in amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers describe specialized glands found along the teeth of the ringed caecilian (Siphonops annulatus), which have the same biological origin and possibly similar function to the venom glands of snakes. As such, caecilians may represent the oldest land-dwelling vertebrate animal with oral venom glands.
13:49

Does DNA in the water tell us how many fish are there?

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive method to count individual fish by measuring the concentration of environmental DNA in the water, which could be applied for quantitative monitoring of aquatic ecosystems.
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July 02 2020

18:47

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Researchers are advancing gas membrane materials to expand practical technology options for reducing industrial carbon emissions.
18:47

Rising water temperatures could endanger the mating of many fish species

In a new meta-study, experts have published ground-breaking findings on the effects of climate change for fish stock around the globe.
18:40

Crystal structure discovered almost 200 years ago could hold key to solar cell revolution

Solar energy researchers are shining their scientific spotlight on materials with a crystal structure discovered nearly two centuries ago.
15:37

Arctic plants may not provide predicted carbon sequestration potential

The environmental benefits of taller, shrubbier tundra plants in the Arctic may be overstated, according to new research.
15:37

Algae as living biocatalysts for a green industry

Many substances that we use every day only work in the right 3D structure. Natural enzymes could produce these in an environmentally friendly way - if they didn't need a co-substrate that is expensive to produce to date. A research team has now discovered exactly the necessary enzymes in unicellular green algae.
15:36

Typhoon changed earthquake patterns

Intensive erosion can temporarily change the earthquake activity (seismicity) of a region significantly.
15:36

New candidate for raw material synthesis through gene transfer

Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen.
15:36

New candidate for raw material synthesis through gene transfer

Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen.
14:05

In the Arctic, spring snowmelt triggers fresh CO2 production

Studies have shown the Arctic is warming roughly twice as fast as the rest of the world, and its soil holds twice the amount of carbon dioxide as the atmosphere. New research finds that water from spring snowmelt infiltrates the soil and triggers fresh carbon dioxide production at higher rates than previously assumed.
14:04

Climate change threat to tropical plants

Half of the world's tropical plant species may struggle to germinate by 2070 because of global warming, a new study predicts.
14:04

Climate change threat to tropical plants

Half of the world's tropical plant species may struggle to germinate by 2070 because of global warming, a new study predicts.

July 01 2020

19:29

Treatments tested for invasive pest on allium crops

Researchers field-tested 14 active ingredients in insecticides, applied in a variety of methods, to understand the best treatment options against the Allium leafminer, a growing threat to onions, garlic and leeks.
19:17

Higher concentration of metal in Moon's craters provides new insights to its origin

Life on Earth would likely not be possible without the Moon; it keeps our planet's axis of rotation stable, which controls seasons and regulates our climate. However, there has been considerable debate over how the Moon was formed. The popular hypothesis contends that the Moon was formed by a Mars-sized body colliding with Earth's upper crust which is poor in metals. But new research suggests the Moon's subsurface is more metal-rich than previously thought, providing new insights that could challenge our understanding of that process.
17:42

Influence of insect and microalgae feeds on meat quality

Worldwide there is growing demand for animal products for human nutrition, despite the popularity of plant-based diets. This means more feed is needed for animals. Future feedstuffs will need to be produced without exacerbating deforestation. Insects and microalgae are up-and-coming sectors to meet protein demands for humans and animals. Therefore, researchers nvestigated whether these alternative protein sources alter meat quality.
16:55

Alarming long-term effects of insecticides weaken ant colonies

Scientists have shown how even low doses of neonicotinoid insecticides, as they may realistically occur in contaminated soils, adversely affect the development of black garden ants (Lasius niger). This study highlights the need to overthink current deployment and management of chemical pest control for more sustainable agriculture.
16:54

Knowledge of severe storm patterns may improve tornado warnings

A radar signature may help distinguish which severe storms are likely to produce dangerous tornadoes, potentially leading to more accurate warnings, according to scientists.

June 30 2020

23:32

Scientists shed new light on how seabirds cruise through air and water

New insight on how four species of seabirds have developed the ability to cruise through both air and water has just been published.
19:57

Removing toxic chemicals from water: New environmentally-friendly method

Researchers have developed a new environmentally friendly method for removing toxic chemicals from water. A newly invented machine, called the Matrix Assembly Cluster Source (MACS), has been used to design a breakthrough water treatment method using a solvent-free approach.
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