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Month: November 2020

Canadian Scientists Develop Eco-Friendly Substitute for Palm Oil That’s Good for Human Health

Providing a potential solution everybody was looking for, two Canadian food scientists have created a replacement for palm oil. Their invention replicates how the body creates triglycerides, and can hold liquid vegetable fats in a solid form at room temperature—the key advantage of palm oil. The researchers’ oil could be used as a replacement for […]

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Irreversible hotter and drier climate over inner East Asia

(Utah State University) Researchers warn that heatwaves and concurrent droughts of Mongolia’s semi-arid plateau have increased significantly during the past two decades, with troubling implications for the future. The change also has ramifications for atmospheric conditions across the Northern Hemisphere.

German researchers compile world’s largest inventory of known plant species

(German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig) Researchers at Leipzig University and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) have compiled the world’s most comprehensive list of known plant species. It contains 1,315,562 names of vascular plants, thus extending the number by some 70,000 – equivalent to about 20%. The researchers have also succeeded in clarifying 181,000 hitherto unclear species names. The data set has now been published in Scientific Data. This marks the culmination of ten years of intensive research work.

Scientists discover a motif that guides assembly of the algal pyrenoid

Researchers have discovered that assembly of the algal pyrenoid, a structure that mediates the incorporation of carbon dioxide into sugars, is guided by the presence of a particular protein sequence, or motif.

Illegal Tampering by Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, E.P.A. Says

WASHINGTON — The owners and operators of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks have been illegally disabling their vehicles’ emissions control technology over the past decade, allowing excess emissions equivalent to 9 million extra trucks on the road,…

Restoring American Credibility

Please join us on Tuesday for the latest episode in our virtual event series, Netting Zero. This panel, moderated by climate correspondent Christopher Flavelle, will focus on redesigning financial markets to make responsible, climate-focused investing the rule rather than the…

Specific bacterium in the gut linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Researchers have detected a connection between Brachyspira, a genus of bacteria in the intestines, and IBS — especially the form that causes diarrhea. Although the discovery needs confirmation in larger studies, there is hope that it might lead to new remedies for many people with irritable bowel syndrome.

Community conservation reserves protect fish diversity in tropical rivers

Small, community-based reserves in Thailand’s Salween River Basin are serving as critical refuges for fish diversity in a region whose subsistence fisheries have suffered from decades of over-harvesting.

Ancient blanket made with 11,500 turkey feathers

New research sheds light on the production of an 800-year-old turkey feather blanket and explores the economic and cultural aspects of raising turkeys to supply feathers in the ancient Southwest.

New study explains important cause of fatal influenza

It is largely unknown why influenza infections lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. Researchers have now described important findings leading to so-called superinfections, which claim many lives around the world every year.