Melissa Sterry

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Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms have a newly discovered chemical to thank for their shine

Scientists discovered how to create new colors, too<p>You’re not tripping — these mushrooms really do glow. And now, we have a better idea how, thanks to a study published today in the journal <i>Science Advances</i>.<p>More than 100 years ago, a naturalist named George Gardner visited Brazil and saw children …

Biology

A new way to fake photosynthesis could help put CO2 back where it belongs

Why it matters to you<p>Scientists have figured out how to use a synthetic material to trigger artificial photosynthesis, generating energy and …

Photosynthesis

How cities and light pollution are ruining the wonder of the night sky

Skyglow, an incredible book of time-lapse photos, illustrates the beauty of the night sky, and what’s at risk<p>Photographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic do a lot of work after dark. In their new book, <i>Skyglow</i><i>,</i> the duo, who met studying film in Los Angeles, show off a breathtaking array of …

Astronomy

MIT unveils new solar 3D printer that can build houses on other planets

Some people dismissed 3D-printing in its early days as a novelty, but these days the technology is coming into its own and researchers at MIT have …

3D Printing

MIT’s Gooey New 3D Printer Is a Game Changer - Creators

MIT's new gel-based 3D printer can fabricate nearly any shape and still look straight out of a sci-fi flick while doing it. A nozzle spurts out plastic spaghetti and weaves it into minimal geometric shapes that look like a progressive architect's office furniture. One could imagine the tank that …

3D Printing

Electric eels jump out of the water to intensify their shock power. - Seriously, Science?

By Seriously Science | June 9, 2016 6:00 am<p><i>Image: Flickr/ravas51</i><p><i>Professor Kenneth Catania from Vanderbilt University has proven a 200 hundred</i> …

Biology

fitzroy rum recycles coca-cola labels from the north sea into premium spirit packaging

fitzroy rum recycles coca-cola labels from the north sea into premium spirit packaging<p><b>fitzroy is giving the term ‘getting wasted’ a whole new meaning</b> …

Recycling

Why Do Birds Sunbathe?

Bird sunning behavior can be captivating to watch, but why exactly do birds sun themselves? There are many reasons birds engage in this unexpected …

Feral Spirits

bioGraphic<p>These beautiful invasives most likely escaped from pet owners, but now they’re firmly established across the English …

Controlling antimicrobial contamination of soil and water with bacteria

We all like to keep things clean, and disinfectants help that happen. Unfortunately, one of the most widely used antimicrobial products in use since …

Trump signs executive order that threatens national monuments

Big news for Bears Ears<p>President Donald Trump just signed an executive order that could cut the size of or abolish certain national monuments across the US, putting at risk historical sites and halting safeguards for public lands and waters. The move could eventually lead to litigation in the …

Conservation

Biologists quantify the carbon consumption of bacterioplankton to better understand the ocean carbon cycle

The oceans are great at absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, but when their deep waters are brought to the surface, the oceans themselves can …

Recordings Reveal That Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

Baby humpback whales seem to whisper to their mothers, according to scientists who have captured the infant whales' quiet grunts and squeaks.<p>The recordings, described in the journal Functional Ecology, are the first ever made with devices attached directly to the calves.<p>Listen to a calf</b> …

Babies

PETA Exposes Animal Cruelty at University of Pittsburgh Laboratories

PETA Exposé Uncovers Mutilated Rabbits, Monkeys Driven Mad in University<p>Litany of Lab Horrors: A PETA Exposé<p><b>A PETA eyewitness investigation reveals</b> …

Scientists are puzzling out how butterflies assemble their brightly colored scales

Shine bright like a butterfly<p>From the danger-sign orange of Monarch butterflies, to the regal blues of the Blue Morpho, butterflies come in a veritable rainbow of colors.<p>The insects display those incredible hues thanks to scales on their wings. Those scales are made up of crystals, which are made …

Biology

Listen to the Sweet, Soft Warble Common Ravens Sing to Their Partners

<i>This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations</i> …

Podcasting

Is Consumer-Friendly Activism a Sign of Feminist Progress—Or Just a Sellout?

On fall 2017 runways from New York to Paris, fashion displayed its "woke-ness" from head to toe. Is this consumer-friendly activism a sign of feminist progress—or just a sellout? Two writers join the debate.<p>Sady Doyle: Buy It, Wear it, Spread It<p>To hear some tell it, there are two ways to be a …

Feminism

Scientists Made Water Move Using Only Light

Salt water or fresh, all it takes is a cool engineered surface.<p>Engineers from MIT and Saudi Arabia have worked together to develop a system that could control the way water moves over a surface, and all they use is light.<p>The impetus for the study came from the desire to separate oil from water, …

Engineering

Penguin Populations Are Changing Dramatically

Animal species around the world are beginning to feel the effects of warming temperatures, but few are seeing their habitats change as quickly as the …

Climate Change

Entire nervous system of an animal recorded for the first time

Hydra<p>Our single-celled ancestors had sophisticated machinery for sensing and responding to the environment. Once the first multicellular animals …

The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see |

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses …

Biology

The mE.coli Project: Bespoke Microbiomic Couture.

Glass-like Jewels for Microbiomic Couture, made from mE. coli<p>Glass-like Jewels for Microbiomic Couture, made from mE. coli<p>Traditionally what we …

Microbiology

5 Million Fungi

3D printing spiders | Publishing blog

<i>Spiders build webs, shelters and egg sacs from fine tough silk fibers. To apply these fibers, they must be properly attached to substrates or other</i> …

New scoping paper released on ‘Urban Biocycles’

A new scoping paper from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation offers the first analysis on the circular economy and the ‘biocycle’, the flows of organic …

Sustainability

How ethical are fashion’s top brands?

To mark the start of Fashion Revolution Week, the action group releases their latest ranking<p>Today marks the beginning of Fashion Revolution Week, the global movement spearheaded by Fashion Revolution to make radical changes within the fashion industry. The week urges consumers to ask brands …

Ethics

Fungus-like mycelial fossils in 2.4-billion-year-old vesicular basalt

Article<p>Stefan Bengtson ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-0206-5791<br>• , Birger Rasmussen<br>• , Magnus Ivarsson<br>• , Janet Muhling ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-1890-9119<br>• , …

Lisa Ertel sandblasts Dune furniture to highlight underlying patterns of wood growth

German designer Lisa Ertel used a sandblasting technique on wood furniture to emphasise the patterns created by trees' annual rings of growth.<p>The …

Furniture

What Does Brexit Mean For Wildlife Trafficking?

It seems we can't speak about anything these days without the implications of Brexit being raised, and politicians arguing with equal gusto that the outcomes will be either hugely beneficial or utterly disastrous.<p>The future for wildlife is no different. Much of our law protecting to the environment …

Brexit

Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales is launching Wikitribune to fight fake news

<i>Wikitribune</i> is an online news publication that will use crowdfunding to hire journalists to write accurate, fact-based articles. <b>While professional journalists will be writing the articles, a community of volunteers can sub-edit and fact-check them. And journalists will be required to release full</b> …

Journalism