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Greener aviation fuels create fewer contrails. Here’s what that means for global warming – ABC News

If you look up at the sky on a clear sunny day, chances are you’ll see fluffy white trails left behind by airplanes. Key points: Contrails are largely made of water vapour that comes out of aircraft engine exhaust When it’s…

Salamanders have a secret to survive drought, heat waves, and climate change – Vox.com

This story is part of Down to Earth, a Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of the biodiversity crisis. A decade ago, a team of salamander researchers made a dire prediction: that climate change would make much…

Why Was $66 Billion Spent On Renewables Before The Texas Blackouts?

The oldest maxim in politics is “follow the money.” That maxim also applies to electric grids. Following the billions of dollars that have been spent on the Texas grid explains why the state continues to have electricity shortages. On Monday,…

Achoo! Why warming climate is bad news for your allergies, asthma – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

This article first appeared in the “In This Climate” Newsletter. To sign up, click here — or use the sign up form at the bottom of this article. “If we don’t slow down the cycle, pollen production will only get worse.” Welcome…

‘Megadrought’ in West directly linked to climate change, experts say – ABC News

Significant drought relief is becoming more difficult due to warming. June 17, 2021, 11:22 AM • 8 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The “megadrought” that’s plaguing much of the western U.S. is a direct consequence of…

New beetle-dwelling roundworm species discovered in Japan

(University of Tsukuba) A new species of nematode (roundworm), named Cryptaphelenchus abietis, was isolated from bark beetles from a dead log collected in Nagano, Japan. The females of this newly described species can be identified based on the size of the post-uterine sac and the conical tail with an elongate posterior part. The males have seven genital papillae and a narrow bursal flap-like extension. The culturability of this species means it may be useful in further nematode research.

Sulfur enhances carbon storage in the Black Sea

(University of Oldenburg ) The depths of the Black Sea store comparatively large amounts of organic carbon. A research team led by scientists from the University of Oldenburg, Germany, has now presented a new hypothesis as to why organic compounds accumulate in this semi-enclosed sea and other oxygen-depleted waters. Reactions with hydrogen sulfide play an important role in stabilizing carbon compounds, the researchers posit in the scientific journal Science Advances. This negative feedback in the climate system could counteract global warming over geological periods.

Hybrid membrane doubles the lifetime of rechargeable batteries

(Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena) Scientists at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, together with colleagues from Boston University (BU) and Wayne State University (WSU), have now succeeded in preventing dendrite formation and thus at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium metal battery. The researchers report on their method in the renowned journal “Advanced Energy Materials”.

If You Want to Master a New Skill Take Plenty of Breaks While Practicing

In a study of healthy volunteers, researchers have mapped out the brain activity that flows when we learn a new skill, such as playing a new song on the piano, and discovered why taking short breaks from practice is a key to learning. The National Institute of Health researchers found that during rest the volunteers’ […]

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This Single Tree Could Restore Degraded Land, Create a Biofuel Revolution, Power Cars, and Feed Families

Growing across much of Asia, it’s known by many names: including Indian Beech, pongamia, Karum tree, kranji, and malapari. Pongamia pinnata is a member of the pea family that is being considered by Indonesian forestry experts for potential landscape restoration and the future of bioenergy. A number of big challenges are bearing down on the Indonesian […]

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