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On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products

Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon dioxide and water into organic molecules and oxygen. On Earth, such a biohybrid could remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On Mars, it would provide colonists with raw material to manufacture organic compounds ranging from fuels to drugs. The efficiency is greater than the photosynthetic efficiency of most plants.

Branching Out: Women in Forestry

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women make up 13.9 percent of forest and conservation professionals across the country. At Enviva, we are lucky to have three of the best female foresters in the business, who ensure that forests across…

Global warming fuels bark beetles, tree-killing menaces – Yale Climate Connections

Mountain pine beetle damage to a forest in British Columbia. (Photo credit: UBC Micrometeorology / Flickr) It’s a good time to be a bug and a bad time to be a tree. That’s according to Jeff Hicke of the University…

Researchers Study How Forests Are Changing in Response to Global Warming – Noozhawk

Warm sunshine streams through the canopies of two blue oaks in central California. (Anna Trugman) As the climate is changing, so too are the world’s forests. From the misty redwoods in the west to the Blue Ridge forest of Appalachia,…

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Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief

More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a new study.

Vibes before it bites: 10 types of defensive behavior for the false coral snake

(Pensoft Publishers) The False Coral Snake (Oxyrhopus rhombifer) may be capable of recognizing various threat levels and demonstrates 10 different defensive behaviors, seven of which are registered for the first time for the species. Scientists from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) published their laboratory observation results based on a juvenile specimen in the open-access journal Neotropical Biology and Conservation.

Meet Lauren Killian, Enviva sustainability forester

Take a walk in the woods with Killian, who promotes forest health and stewardship and helps private landowners manage their forests. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women make up less than 15 percent of forest and conservation professionals across…