Melissa Sterry

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The algae that terraformed Earth

<b>A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.</b><p>That's what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from beneath the Australian desert.<p>The molecules mark an explosion in the …

Biology

Catalyst made from plant roots promotes Suzuki reaction

Researchers in France have produced an active palladium catalyst from the roots of plants grown in contaminated water. This ‘ecocatalyst’ can promote …

Chemistry

Spider Silk Turns Bionic Through Nanomaterials - GrapheneEntrepreneur.com - Graphene News & Latest Graphene Uses

Researchers have transformed spider silk through the addition of new materials designed to increase the strength of webbing by up to three times.<p>This …

Engineering

There's a way to save hedgehogs – and all of us can help

By taking part in projects such as counting hedgehog homes, ordinary people enable scientists to understand and protect Britain’s much-loved wildlife<p>Today sees the launch of the “hedgehog housing census”. All over the country, thousands of people are going to the trouble and expense of building or …

Citizen Science

A Lab Accident Leads to Bioactive "Tissue Paper"

A spill of bioactive ink made from ovarian cells led to the creation of paper made from organs and tissues, with various potential medical uses

Breakthroughs

Dzhus looks to the earth's formation for Tectonic fashion collection

The structure and formation of our planet's layers informed the silhouettes seen in Dzhus' latest collection, which is "dedicated to the evolution of …

Fashion

Imagine an "ecological certification" for urban design. What are such a certification's key elements?

<i>Every month we feature a Global Roundtable in which a group of people respond to a specific question in The Nature of Cities.</i><p><b>List of writers</b><p><i>Hover</i> …

Sustainability

Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxic Chemicals Of Others. Here's Why

A new study may prompt hand wringing among you tuna poke and sushi lovers. When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught matters.<p>In a first-of-its-kind global study, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego …

Oceans

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Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

August 16, 2017<p>A giant larvacean (the blue, tadpole-like animal) beats its tail to pump water and microplastic beads (red dots) through its inner …

Oceans

Bio start up promotes new dye technology

<b>CAMBRIDGE - A UK-based biotechnology start up says it has discovered a novel method of harnessing protein DNA to make long lasting fabric dyes</b> …

Biology

Artificial intelligence identifies plant species for science

Deep-learning methods successfully classify thousands of herbarium samples.<p>Computer algorithms trained on the images of thousands of preserved plants …

Machine Learning

Link About It: Electronics Sculpted from Biodegradable Materials

For his thesis project at Holon Institute of Technology, Shay Castel constructed a series of speakers, clocks and lamps from biodegradable materials. Each piece calls into question the amount of time consumers use products—here, allowing them to comfortably dispose of components when their time is …

Design

Elephants Will Have a Say in Mapping Kenya’s Future

Elephant movement data is helping the Kenyan government site big development projects.<p>If we could all be a bit more “elephant,” there might be fewer …

Wildlife

Disposable cardboard BBQ is eco-friendly and eliminates trash

Add / Remove From disposable fingertips for eating greasy food to disposable bed linen for students – we are living in a disposable society, but …

Pledge to help elephants break free from cruelty

More than <b>3,000 elephants</b> are in captivity for tourism in Asia, and most live in unacceptable conditions. Day in, day out, they're cruelly forced to …

Wildlife

Researchers Successfully Code Malware Into DNA

Every Bit of Information<p>In a feat that seems straight out of science fiction, a team of “biohackers” managed to successfully infect a computer with a …

DNA

How You Can Help Save The Asian Elephants Mistreated For Tourism And On The Brink Of Extinction

<b>The lesser-known plight of endangered Asian elephants</b><p>Unless you live under a rock you'll know about the plight of African elephants, which are falling victim to the ivory trade at an alarming rate. An elephant roaming free on the African savannah suffers the moment a poacher shoots and needlessly …

The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants. It threatens our future too

Elephants prop up the forest and savannah ecosystems we need to store carbon. To stabilise the climate, we must stop their slaughter by ivory poachers<p>Today is World Elephant Day, when people with a passion for pachyderms come together to celebrate the wonder of elephants and raise funds to protect …

Wildlife

North Home Sleepwear Collection: A beautiful range of goods bush-dyed by artists living in remote communities in Australia

North Home continues celebrating Aboriginal Australian artists—and the beauty and diversity of their traditions, skills and crafts—with their new sleepwear collection, which launches today. Made up of just three pieces, the range is lush, textured and sublime. Each piece is carefully bush-dyed by …

Australia

Earthworm-inspired pavilion stages concerts and light shows in Latvia's floodplains

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture has built a circular pavilion for open-air music and lighting performances, designed to be reminiscent of an earthworm's …

Latvia

Learning new tricks from sea sponges, nature's most unlikely civil engineers

Imagine a future in which buildings tower miles over the streets below, tourists take day trips to the edge of our atmosphere, and multiple space …

Engineering

Lion Recovery Fund

If Africa’s parks and reserves were resourced and managed effectively and the communities around them supported, we could have three to four times …

Fund

FESTO BionicANTs-Cooperative Behaviour Based on a Natural Model

By Festo<b>BionicANTs-Highly integrated individual systems to solve a common task</b> <br>With one eye for detail and the other on the big picture: for the …

Robotics

New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryos

University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability …

Biology

Microbes have their own version of the internet

Creating a huge global network connecting billions of individuals might be one of humanity’s greatest achievements to date, but microbes beat us to …

Internet of Things

Green Roofs Are Saving Birds and Hatching Bird-Watchers

When landscape architects attract flocks to urban centers, city dwellers are keen to look up.<p>Urban development hasn’t always accommodated birds. Window collisions due to reflective glass and bright lights have hurt migrating bird populations wherever there are skyscrapers, with the American Bird …

Birds

It’s Better to Swim Alone, Yet Together, if You’re a Salp

What mysterious, gelatinous, clear blob that you might find washed up on a beach looks like a jellyfish but isn’t? Meet the sea salp. It typically lives in deep waters, where its barrel-shaped body glides around the ocean by jet propulsion, sucking in water from a siphon on one end and spitting it …

University of Oregon

Invisibility cloak takes one step closer to revealing itself

Two research teams have made structures that could help conceal objects from daylight – taking the next step towards making the visible, invisible. …

Engineering

We’ve Used Up The World’s Resources For The Year And It’s Only August

Earth Overshoot Day is here again, earlier than ever.<p>Does something feel different about the world today? Is Mercury in retrograde? It’s not. Rather, it may be that you can sense that the world has outstripped its annual resources, well before the year is over. We’re now living on extra resources …

Sustainability