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9 interesting facts about the Nile River

The Nile is one of the most famous rivers anywhere on our planet, and rightfully so. While all rivers are important for people and wildlife who live nearby, the Nile looms especially large, both literally and figuratively. Here are a…

MTU engineers examine lithium battery defects

(Michigan Technological University) Lithium dendrites cause poor performance and even explosions in batteries with flammable liquid electrolytes. How these dendrites grow, even with a solid electrolytes, is still a mystery, but materials engineers at MTU and Oak Ridge study the conditions that enable dendrites and how to stop them.

Ignore the Fake Climate Debate – The Wall Street Journal

Protesters in Rome hold a banner showing climate activist Greta Thunberg, March 2019. Photo: Andreas SOLARO/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Ted Nordhaus Jan. 23, 2020 11:10 am ET Beyond the headlines and social media, where Greta Thunberg, Donald Trump and the…

In Davos, Facts Trump Climate Fears

The US President Donald Trump was the clear winner at the World Economic Forum at Davos, despite the best efforts of climate doomsayers. The theme for the World Economic Forum in Davos this week is “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and…

Davos Doomsters Herald A New Dark Age For Climate Science

There is something sinister in the stiff mountain air at Davos this year. As ever, the spectacle is almost burlesque in its grotesqueness: the world’s elite has descended on the luxury ski resort in their private jets to discuss global…

Venom-producing snake organoids developed in the lab

(Hubrecht Institute) A team of scientists from the group of Hans Clevers at the Hubrecht Institute, the Netherlands, has developed a mini-venom glands of various snake species. These mini-glands (organoids) are derived from stem cells found in adult snakes and can be cultured indefinitely. Using their new model system, the scientists could identify new toxin-producing cells. The organoids were also used to produce venom in vitro. This may open up new paths for anti-venom and drug development.

Chemicals in the environment: A focus on mixtures

(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ) The real world is marked by multiple stressors, among them cocktails of chemicals. The review article published in the current issue of Science magazine presents methodological approaches to isolating, characterizing and tracking chemicals of concern in complex mixtures. Techniques that combine chemical analysis and bioassays are most suited to this purpose — according to an international team of researchers headed by environmental toxicologist Beate Escher of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

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Traces of the European enlightenment found in the DNA of western sign languages

Sign languages throughout North and South America and Europe have centuries-long roots in five European locations, a finding that gives new insight into the influence of the European Enlightenment on many of the world’s signing communities and the evolution of their languages.

Closing the Ozone Hole Helped Slow Arctic Warming – Scientific American

The international treaty that saved the Earth’s ozone layer is often considered one of the most successful environmental efforts in history. Now there’s evidence it did more than just preserve a critical shield for the planet. The 1987 Montreal Protocol…