Mapping changes in the dynamics and structure of water molecules in the vicinity of solutes
May 22, 2017
Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new method that allows them to map changes in the dynamics and structure of water molecules in the vicinity of solutes. With this technique, called terahertz calorimetry, ...
Climate change may bring more extreme heat, ozone pollution days to the Southeast, researchers say
May 19, 2017
Global climate change may produce an environment in the southeastern United States that could foster dangerous extreme heat events, more high-ozone pollution days in urban areas, and the potential for the growth of tropical ...
Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality
May 19, 2017
How healthy a plant matures depends on how well it grows during its early life stages, which is not a surprise to anyone who has raised children.
Energy-efficient green route to magnesium production
May 18, 2017
A research group led by Professor Yuji Wada and Adjunct Professor Satoshi Fujii of the Tokyo Institute of Technology has devised a magnesium smelting method that uses nearly 70 percent less energy than conventional methods ...
During heat waves, urban trees can increase ground-level ozone
May 17, 2017
Planting trees is a popular strategy to help make cities "greener," both literally and figuratively. But scientists have found a counterintuitive effect of urban vegetation: During heat waves, it can increase air pollution ...
Heat on for Australia's Great Barrier Reef when global temperatures hit 1.5C
May 15, 2017
If global temperatures hit 1.5°C above pre-industrial conditions—the target negotiated at the 2015 Paris Agreement—it will be twice as likely that we will see a repeat of the extreme ocean heat that severely damaged ...
Miniaturised 'heat engines' could power nanoscale machines of the future
May 15, 2017
Research from The University of Manchester has thrown new light on the use of miniaturised 'heat engines' that could one day help power nanoscale machines like quantum computers.
As heat index climbs, emergency visits, deaths rise in New England
May 10, 2017
Better known for leaf peeping on crisp autumn days and the nor'easter blizzards that follow, New England is nevertheless subject to spells of punishing summer heat and humidity. A new study that analyzed the health effects ...
Wide-ranging recommendations for mitigating the grave effects of climate change on human health
May 08, 2017
A farmworker dies in 109-degree heat in a lemon orchard in California, in 2015. In Missouri, hospitalizations for heat-related illnesses skyrocket in 2006, a year of unusually high temperatures.
Cities brace for climate challenges
Apr 30, 2017
Faced with exploding populations and steadily rising temperatures worldwide, cities must make haste in reinforcing defences against climate change-induced flooding and heat waves, experts warned this week.