A discovery has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses. The researchers demonstrated that mammalian insulin activated an antiviral immunity pathway in mosquitoes, increasing the insects’ ability to suppress the viruses. Since mosquito bites are the most common way humans are infected with West Nile, stopping the virus among the insects would protect human health.
A collaborative research group has succeeded in identifying an important transcription factor, GCAM1, which allows liverwort plants to asexually reproduce through creating clonal progenies (vegetative reproduction). Furthermore, this transcription factor was revealed to have the same origin as those which regulate secondary bud formation in angiosperms. It is hoped that these discoveries will lead to the development of technologies to increase the cultivation rate of a variety of plants in agriculture and horticulture.
Europe’s lax speed limits once appeared irrevocable. Global warming and pollution are changing that. – Washington Post
Rutte was widely considered to be a pro-motorist leader. But in May, the country’s top court ruled that the Netherlands was violating European Union law and needed to drastically curb nitrogen pollution and nitrogen oxide emissions — a source of…
Ir’s official. Tesla’s European factory will be located just outside of Berlin, Germany. It is expected to begin production in 2021.
Modified natural materials will be an essential component of a sustainable future, but first a detailed understanding of their properties is needed. The way heat flows across bamboo cell walls has been mapped using advanced scanning thermal microscopy, providing a new understanding of how variations in thermal conductivity are linked to the bamboo’s elegant structure. The findings will guide the development of more energy-efficient and fire-safe buildings, made from natural materials, in the future.
The distant galaxy in this image is nicknamed the Sunburst Arc. It’s been lensed into multiple images by a massive, intervening galaxy cluster. A recent study revealed that the 4 bright arcs in this Hubble image contain 12 images – cosmic doppelgangers – of this very distant galaxy.
Germany is seeking to boost momentum behind using hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas, part of a broader effort to quicken the pace of emissions cuts.