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Why Does Boris The ‘Builder’ Have A Problem With Coal?

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, says his priority is: ‘Jobs, jobs, jobs.’ For Boris Johnson, it is: ‘Build, build, build.’ Last week, the Prime Minister declared his commitment to end unwarranted delays in the decision-making process, so as to make sure…

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The environmentalist’s apology: how Michael Shellenberger unsettled some of his prominent supporters

Few things engage a particular subset of conservative media more than an environmentalist having an apparent change of heart and dumping all over the “climate scare”. Earlier this week, the Australian newspaper ran an opinion piece that fitted this narrative…

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New candidate for raw material synthesis through gene transfer

Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen.

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Global Warming Is Melting Our Sense of Time – New York Magazine

Satellite image of smoke from active fires burning near the Eastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, Russia, on June 23, 2020. Photo: Handout/NASA Earth Observatory On June 20, in the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle, a…

Apocalyptic Science: How The West Is Destroying Itself

New academic doctrines dismiss science — real science — in favor of political agendas, in which theory trumps facts. If you live in a Western nation like Canada in the 21st century, you have more freedom, prosperity, and peace than…

Pattern analysis of phylogenetic trees could reveal connections between evolution, ecology

(Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) In biology, phylogenetic trees represent the evolutionary history and diversification of species — the “family tree” of Life. Phylogenetic trees not only describe the evolution of a group of organisms but can also be constructed from the organisms within a particular environment or ecosystem, such as the human microbiome. In this way, they can describe how this ecosystem evolved and what its functional capabilities might be.

Life-emulating molecules show basic metabolism

(University of Groningen) In a system with self-replicating molecules -previously shown to have the capability to grow, divide and evolve – chemists from the University of Groningen have now discovered catalytic capabilities that result in a basic metabolism. Furthermore, they linked a light-sensitive dye to the molecules, which enabled them to use light energy to power growth. These findings, which bring artificial life one step closer, were published in the journals Nature Chemistry and Nature Catalysis on 26 June 2020.

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Why are plants green?

When sunlight shining on a leaf changes rapidly, plants must protect themselves from the ensuing sudden surges of solar energy. To cope with these changes, photosynthetic organisms have developed numerous tactics. Scientists have been unable, however, to identify the underlying design principle. A physicist has now constructed a model that reproduces a general feature of photosynthetic light harvesting, observed across many photosynthetic organisms.

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Why are plants green?

When sunlight shining on a leaf changes rapidly, plants must protect themselves from the ensuing sudden surges of solar energy. To cope with these changes, photosynthetic organisms have developed numerous tactics. Scientists have been unable, however, to identify the underlying design principle. A physicist has now constructed a model that reproduces a general feature of photosynthetic light harvesting, observed across many photosynthetic organisms.