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Researchers Make Biodegradable Tableware From Sugar and Bamboo So it Will Be As Cheap as Plastic

Scientists have designed a set of “green” tableware made from sugarcane waste and bamboo that doesn’t sacrifice on convenience or functionality and could serve as a potential alternative to plastic cups and other disposable plastic containers. Unlike traditional plastic or biodegradable polymers‚ which can take as long as 450 years or require high temperatures to […]

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Health trade-offs for wildlife as urbanization expands

City living appears to improve reproductive success for migratory tree swallows compared to breeding in more environmentally protected areas, a new five-year study suggests. But urban life comes with a big trade-off – health hazards linked to poorer water quality.

Study confirms contribution of bioenergy to climate change mitigation

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Across-border team of researchers refute arguments that carbon debt, opportunity cost and indirect land-use change prevent greenhouse gas mitigation by biofuels.

Go (over) easy on the eggs: ‘Egg-cess’ consumption linked to diabetes

Scrambled, poached or boiled, eggs are a popular breakfast food the world over. Yet the health benefits of the humble egg might not be all they’re cracked up to be as new research shows that excess egg consumption can increase your risk of diabetes.

Dry food or raw? Diet affects skin gene expression in both healthy and atopic dogs

Differences in skin gene expression were observed between healthy and atopic Staffordshire Bull Terriers as well as between dogs that ate either dry food or raw food. Raw food appeared to activate the skin’s immune system as well as the expression of genes that increase antioxidant production or have anti-inflammatory effects.

What does the fox say to a puma?

(Virginia Tech) The two predator species can successfully share a landscape and hunt for food over the same nighttime hours because they are, in essence, ordering from different menus.

Dietary overlap of birds, bats and dragonflies disadvantageous in insect decline

According to a new study, different groups of insectivores compete for the same type of food. Researchers made the discovery by comparing birds, bats and dragonflies that forage in the same area in Southwest Finland. These very distantly related predators consumed the same insect groups. The results shed new light on the decline in insect populations.