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Most insects can't recognize individual faces, but these wasps can

You may be forgiven for not having spent much time gazing into the eyes of a wasp. After all, we’re generally more concerned with the stinging bit housed in the insect’s other end. But when you do take a break…

How Radical Enviros Made Africa’s Locust Problem Worse

Two weeks ago a Boeing 737 on final approach to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, flew into a massive cloud of locusts swarming above the airport. The insects were sucked into the plane’s engines and splattered across the windshield, blinding the pilots to the runway ahead….

9 quirky facts about the platypus

It’s possible to run out of adjectives when it comes to describing the platypus. This unique creature, endemic to Australia, has confounded scientists since its discovery. We still don’t know a great deal about the semi-aquatic animal, or the secrets…

A Tale Of Two Earths: Trump Vs. Thunberg

In some ways, it hardly seems like a fair fight: the leader of the free world and the ultimate alpha male, Donald J. Trump, versus a slim, awkward 17-year-old Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg. Even so, they both swaggered into the…

10 zoonotic diseases (meaning they travel from animal to human)

We often spend a lot of time with animals, whether it’s hanging out with pets at home or crossing paths with wildlife in the great outdoors. Sharing space and time with creatures can also mean sharing diseases with them. Scientists…

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Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash

Scientists are using high-energy pulses of electricity to turn any source of carbon into turbostratic graphene in an instant. The process promises environmental benefits by turning waste into valuable graphene that can then strengthen concrete and other composite materials.

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Marine heat wave linked with spike in whale entanglements

Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of marine heat waves — warm water anomalies that disrupt marine ecosystems — and this is creating new challenges for fisheries management and ocean conservation. A new study shows how the record-breaking marine heat wave of 2014 to 2016 caused changes along the US West Coast that led to an unprecedented spike in the numbers of whales that became entangled in fishing gear.

Study connects marine heat wave with spike in whale entanglements

(University of California – Santa Cruz) Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of marine heat waves — warm water anomalies that disrupt marine ecosystems — and this is creating new challenges for fisheries management and ocean conservation. A new study shows how the record-breaking marine heat wave of 2014 to 2016 caused changes along the US West Coast that led to an unprecedented spike in the numbers of whales that became entangled in fishing gear.

Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a ‘Viewpoint’ article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Susan E. Pacheco, MD, an expert at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).