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Record concentration of microplastics found in Arctic

<b>Record levels of microplastics have been found trapped inside sea ice floating in the Arctic.</b><p>Ice cores gathered across the Arctic Ocean reveal microplastics at concentrations two to three times higher than previously recorded.<p>As sea ice melts with climate change, the plastic will be released back …

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

'Life is so different here now' - Inside Japan's 'zero-waste' village

“One, two, three….” Hatsue Katayama, a 70-year-old Japanese housewife, is kneeling at a low table in her home while counting aloud from a handwritten list.<p>She continues, without drawing breath, until she reaches 25: "That’s the number of rubbish categories we have at home.”<p>Mrs Katayama’s diligent …

Zero Waste

1 Great Donut Recipe, 5 Amazing Fillings

Homemade donuts are hard to beat. Fill them with luscious cream, fresh fruit jam, or tart citrus curd—and, well, they become fluffy, tender pillows …

Scary Amounts of Mercury Have Been Found Lurking in The Permafrost

If it melts, we could be in trouble.<p>The northern hemisphere's permafrost regions have been concealing a really unpleasant surprise: mercury. A lot of …

Monsanto's Roundup Destroys Healthy Microbes in Humans and in Soils

By Julie Wilson<p>We're only beginning to learn the importance of healthy gut bacteria to our overall health—and the relationship between healthy soil …

A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of 2 superbugs

The results, described in the journal Nature, highlight the unintended consequences of introducing otherwise harmless additives to the food supply.<p>C. …

Oil's Dream to Grow in Plastics Dims as Coke Turns to Plants

Companies that make packaging from plants instead of fossil fuels are starting to challenge the oil industry’s ambition to increase the supply of raw …

Welcome To 'The Cleanest Village In India'

It bills itself as the "God's Own Garden," and this tribal village tucked in India's remote northeast is unlike any other in the country.<p>Mawlynnong is free from what plagues so much of rural and urban India: litter, burning garbage and open defecation, the latter punishable by fine.<p>Reaching this …

Tamil Nadu

How an Indian office worker became a desert fruit farmer

Choga Lal Saini left his office job to grow fruit in the desert. Sixteen years later, he has created an oasis and become a source of farming …

Nature

Indonesia's Orang Rimba: Forced to renounce their faith

<b>The Sumatran rainforests of Indonesia are home to the Orang Rimba - the people of the jungle. Their faith and nomadic way of life are not recognised by the state and, as their forests are destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, many are being forced to convert to Islam to survive.</b><p>In a …

This Is The Best Natural Painkiller Plant That You Can Find In Your Backyard!

Regardless of its causes, physical pain can be excruciating sometimes. Most of us rely on painkillers for a quick relief from acute or chronic pain. …

A Tiny Island Prepares the World for a Climate Refugee Crisis

As rising sea levels threaten to leave millions homeless, a South Pacific island paradise is upstaging wealthier nations in forging a response to the …

There Was So Much Wind In Germany Last Weekend That Electricity Was Free

In Germany, the power company pays you. At least, it did this weekend — thanks to massive windstorms and some strategically placed turbines.According …

Plastic is junk food for coral

Coral behaves unexpectedly when it comes to consuming plastic. Although it's well known that they do swallow microplastic particles, what is really …

The secret about human evolution found in spit

What does a protein in our spit called MUC7 that all of us have – but most of us have never heard of – have to do with human history? A surprising amount, as a recent paper by Xu et al. has discovered. Despite being a rather obscure protein to most of us, MUC7 is actually quite important – it helps …

Anthropology

Paleontologists Find Rare African Dinosaur, New Titanosaur Species

Paleontologists have discovered a new extinct species of the world’s biggest dinosaur group in Africa, but the skeleton tells a strange …

This Containerized Solution Brings Clean Water & Solar Power To Remote Areas

<b>Published on</b> August 17th, 2017 | <i>by Derek Markham</i><p>0<p>August 17th, 2017 by <b>Derek Markham</b><p>Getting electricity and clean water to remote villages and off-grid …

New York Times Posts Major Federal Climate Change Report Before Trump and Pruitt Can Cook the Books [Updated]

On Monday, the <i>New York Times</i> published a copy of the special science section of the draft 2018 National Climate Assessment, which federal climate …

75,000 Trees Donated So Far to 'Trump Forest' to Offset President's Climate Destruction

Environmental activists have created a worldwide reforestation project called "Trump Forest" to help offset the potential environmental destruction …

Donald Trump

The polygamous town facing genetic disaster

In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>“We are to gird up our loins and fulfil this, just …

Jesus

The UK plans to ban the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2040

The UK is following in the footsteps of Norway, Holland, France, and several other countries by banning the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles. The …

A Team of Scientists Just Made Food From Electricity — and it Could be the Solution to World Hunger

The Electric Bioreactor Farm<p>Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a …

Experts suggest patients should stop taking the drugs when they feel better rather than completing their prescription<p>Telling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule …

Medicine

8 Ways to Sequester Carbon to Avoid Climate Catastrophe

By Mary Hoff<p>Klaus Lackner has a picture of the future in his mind, and it looks something like this: 100 million semi-trailer-size boxes, each filled …

We have just 3 years to ward off climate change - new report

The year 2020 could be a huge turning point for our planet. According to a new report, if we don’t limit carbon emissions by that date, we won’t meet …

Killing Mosquitoes with Scorpion Toxin-Laden Fungi | GEN

Click Image To Enlarge +<p>This composite image shows a dead female <i>Anopheles gambiae</i> mosquito and <i>Metarhizium pingshaense</i>, which has been engineered to …

Biology

Combining vitamin C with antibiotics destroys cancer stem cells

A combination of vitamin C and antibiotics could be key to killing cancer stem cells, a new study finds, paving the way for a strategy that could …

Cancer

Mussel gloop can be used to make wounds knit without any scars

The humble mussel could soon help us prevent scarring. A sticky substance naturally secreted by the marine animal is one element of a glue that …