World's food and energy systems key to tackling global biodiversity decline
Oct 27, 2016
Global wildlife could plunge to a 67 per cent level of decline in just the fifty-year period ending this decade as a result of human activities, according to WWF's Living Planet Report 2016. The report shows how people are ...
Dutch unveil giant vacuum to clean outside air
Oct 25, 2016
Dutch inventors Tuesday unveiled what they called the world's first giant outside air vacuum cleaner—a large purifying system intended to filter out toxic tiny particles from the atmosphere surrounding the machine.
Olive-oil industry waste used for countless applications in chemical and food industries
Oct 19, 2016
A team of researchers from the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Granada (UGR) has successfully used some of the waste produced in the olive-oil industry to elaborate surface active agents, specifically ...
Impact of the Fukushima accident on marine life, five years later
Oct 18, 2016
Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Approximately 80 percent of the fallout ...
Fate of nano- and microplastic in rivers explained
Oct 18, 2016
Very tiny plastic particles of micro and nano size are difficult to measure in the environment to assess exposure risks. Researchers of Wageningen University & Research now provide the first mechanistic modelling study on ...
Researchers identify new pathway in human pathogens
Oct 14, 2016
Several of the more aggressive pathogens that infect humans can thrive in an oxygen-free environment of the human gut. These pathogens also have the ability to acquire the essential nutrient iron from an abundant cofactor, ...
New instrument on ISS to study ultra-cold quantum gases
Oct 12, 2016
A new science instrument, slated to be installed onboard the International Space Station (ISS) in late 2017, is expected to yield interesting results regarding quantum phenomena. The Cold Atom Laboratory, or CAL, will study ...
Warming temperatures can reduce marine diversity but increase freshwater species
Oct 04, 2016
In contrast to previous research, scientists have found that habitat warming can reduce the diversity of species in marine environments, but increase speciation in freshwater habitats.
Research resolves a debate over 'killer electrons' in space
Sep 28, 2016
New findings by a UCLA-led international team of researchers answer a fundamental question about our space environment and will help scientists develop methods to protect valuable telecommunication and navigation satellites. ...
Researcher developing cost-effective water treatment technologies to meet industrial, agricultural and domestic needs
Sep 28, 2016
The Earth can only handle so many contaminants in excess water released into the environment by homes, businesses and industries before becoming overwhelmed. To prevent this daunting introduction of pollutants to the environment, ...