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12 captivating images from the Sony World Photography Awards

Gorgeous landscapes and emotional portraits are just some of the elements captured by the finalist and shortlisted entries in the Sony World Photography Awards. In its 13th year, the 2020 competition received more than 345,000 images from 203 countries and…

Why are so few infants getting sick from coronavirus?

Usually, it’s infants, individuals in old age, and immune-compromised people that are most vulnerable to new diseases. The coronavirus is no different, with one exception. For some mysterious reason, infants aren’t getting sick, and scientists are at a loss to…

Why ‘Green’ Buses Aren’t Very Green, Reliable, Or Climate Friendly

Should Americans follow China in a massive commitment to supposedly eco-friendly battery-electric buses (BEBs)? California has mandated a “carbon-free” bus system by 2040 and will buy only battery or fuel cell-powered buses after 2029. Other states and cities are following…

Iodide salts stabilise biocatalysts for fuel cells

(Ruhr-University Bochum) Contrary to theoretical predictions, oxygen inactivates biocatalysts for energy conversion within a short time, even under a protective film. A research team of the Resolv Cluster of Excellence at Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) has found out why: Hydrogen peroxide forms on the protective film. The addition of iodide salts to the electrolyte can prevent this from happening and considerably extend the life of the catalysts.

5,200-year-old grains in the eastern Altai Mountains redate trans-Eurasian crop exchange

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Cereals from the Fertile Crescent and broomcorn millet from northern China spread across the ancient world, integrating into complex farming systems that used crop-rotation cycles enabled by the different ecological regions of origin. The resulting productivity allowed for demographic expansions and imperial formation in Europe and Asia. In this study, an international, interdisciplinary team of scientists illustrate that people moved these crops across Eurasia earlier than previously realized, adapting cultivation methods for harsh agricultural environments.

Lab animals can now be adopted, FDA says

Lab animals used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can now find forever homes after their research work is done. A policy change by the agency permits healthy animals to be transferred to shelters and sanctuaries after they’ve been…

The Paris Agreement set an unrealistic target for global warming. Now what? – Salon

It’s been a rallying cry for activists and a key talking point for diplomats. For decades now, 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming has been viewed as a “do not cross” line in climate policy, a temperature…

A spider's web is part of its mind, new research suggests

Spiders are creepy-crawlies that tend to elicit some of our most extreme fight-or-flight responses. Upon sight of one, some of us scream, others squash. Even those of us with kinder hearts often feel the need to trap and release, preferably…

Dinosaur labeled 'Reaper of Death' discovered in Alberta

The Tyrannosaurus rex got the “king” moniker for a reason. But have you met his cousin? A newly discovered tyrannosaur species named Thanatotheristes degrootorum, or “Reaper of Death” in Greek, was recently discovered in Canada. This is the first new…

Save the giants, save the planet

Protecting large animals such as elephants and whales, and large plants like the sequoias, has a disproportionate positive impact on the health of the planet and resilience to climate change.