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Nature documentaries increasingly talk about threats to nature, but still don’t show them

Researchers analyzing recent BBC and Netflix nature documentaries found that although they increasingly mention threats to nature, visual depictions of these threats remain scarce, potentially misleading audiences on the state of the natural world.

Multidrug resistance: Not as recent as we thought

(Osaka University) Researchers from Osaka University found that the ancient RND-type multidrug efflux pump AcrB from Haemophilus influenzae targets the same drugs as its more evolved counterpart from Escherichia coli, showing that multidrug resistance is an ancient trait. The more ancient protein is unaffected by efflux pump inhibitors, which were designed to target the evolved pumps. Understanding these evolutionary differences will help researchers develop targeted therapies against multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens.

Greenpeace Activists Hang From Houston Bridge To Protest Oil Shipping

Twenty-two Greenpeace USA activists created a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, early Thursday ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston. Eleven of those climbers are dangling over the side of the bridge, an activist…

Climate change in the Southern Hemisphere

(Goethe University Frankfurt) On its mission ‘SouthTRAC’, the German research aircraft HALO will investigate the southern atmosphere and its effects on climate change in September and November 2019. Researchers from Goethe University will also be on board.

2020 Dem Candidates Need A Dose Of Ice-Cold Reality

CNN recently hosted a seven-hour climate bore-athon. That climate cataclysms are real and already devastating our planet was not open to discussion. So host Wolf Blitzer and ten Democrat presidential contenders vied to make the most extravagant claims about how…

Promising mobile technologies find methane leaks quickly, Stanford/EDF study finds

(Stanford University) Finding natural gas leaks more quickly and at lower cost could reduce methane emissions. Ten promising technologies mounted on drones, trucks and airplanes were tested last year. The results are in.

Climate change: Phoenix, Arizona’s worst-case heat wave could harm thousands – Vox.com

To live in the 21st century is to live with the threat of weather growing more and more wicked. Droughts, heat waves, and wildfires are growing more intense and dangerous from global warming and rising greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, we’re…

How do hurricanes affect birds?

Birds and hurricanes have always had an annual life-and-death struggle. Survival has never come easy for birds, be they migratory land birds, shorebirds or birds that spend most of their time over open water. But some years are especially treacherous,…

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Study shows how serotonin and a popular anti-depressant affect the gut’s microbiota

A new study in mice strongly suggests that serotonin and drugs that target serotonin, such as anti-depressants, can have a major effect on the gut’s microbiota — the 100 trillion or so bacteria and other microbes that live in the human body’s intestines.