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Fungi strengthen plants to fend off aphids

Researchers have demonstrated that unique fungi strengthen the ‘immune systems’ of wheat and bean plants against aphids. Fungi enter and influence the amount of a plant’s own defenses, resulting in fewer aphids. The results could serve to reduce agricultural insecticide use.

Rhesus macaques develop promising immune response to SARS-CoV-2

In a promising result for the success of vaccines against COVID-19, rhesus macaque monkeys infected with the human coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 developed protective immune responses that might be reproduced with a vaccine.

Highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at fifth of cost

(University of Warwick) Researchers in WMG at the University of Warwick, in collaboration with Imperial College London, have found a way to enhance hybrid flow batteries and their commercial use. The new approach can store electricity in these batteries for very long durations for about a fifth the price of current technologies, with minimal location restraints and zero emissions.

Another Study Says Warming And CO2-Induced Greening Lead To COOLER Land Temps

Since the 1980s, warming and rising CO2 fertilization have spawned a global-scale greening trend. This leads to an “Earth greening-induced cooling effect” of land surface temperatures. In the last 9 months, we have highlighted a study (Haverd et al., 2020)…

Smart vaccine scheme quick to curb rabies threat in African cities

More people could be protected from life-threatening rabies thanks to an agile approach to dog vaccination using smart phone technology to spot areas of low vaccination coverage in real time. The work could help save the lives of children worldwide.

Early humans used chopping tools to break animal bones and consume the bone marrow

Researchers found that stone tools of the type known as ‘chopping tools’ were used to break open the bones of animals. Tools of this type were used for over two million years. They were found in large quantities at prehistoric sites all over the Old World, but no one understood their exact function.

Butterfly wing clap explains mystery of flight

The fluttery flight of butterflies has so far been somewhat of a mystery to researchers, given their unusually large and broad wings relative to their body size. Now researchers have studied the aerodynamics of butterflies in a wind tunnel. The results suggest that butterflies use a highly effective clap technique, therefore making use of their unique wings. This helps them rapidly take off when escaping predators.