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The Future Of Academic Freedom Rests With Australia’s High Court

Scott Morrison once stated that he was unconcerned about ongoing attacks on free speech because he thought that free speech “does not create a single job.” Well, prime minister, it is now patently clear that people can lose their job…

Green energy and better crops: Tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

(University of Cambridge) Researchers have demonstrated the use of tinted, semi-transparent solar panels to generate electricity and produce nutritionally-superior crops simultaneously, bringing the prospect of higher incomes for farmers and maximising use of agricultural land.

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Strategy for sustainable aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector

As the population grows, and the global standard of living improves, humanity’s appetite for seafood is increasing. In 2020 seafood consumption reached an all-time high, with an average of 20kg consumed annually by every person on the planet.

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How a gooey slime helps bacteria survive

Researchers found that the bacterium C. perfringens modulates the structure of its biofilm at different temperatures by regulating the expression of the novel extracellular protein BsaA. They showed the number of BsaA-producing cells decreases when the temperature increases from 25°C to 37°C, and BsaA-producing cells cover non-BsaA-producing cells to provide tolerance to external stresses. These findings help us understand how bacteria adapt to their environment to survive.

Is there life below the Martian surface?

Galactic cosmic rays are high energy particles from explosive events like supernovae, zinging through our solar system, constantly bombarding both Earth and Mars. A researcher suggests they supply enough energy to make subsurface life on Mars possible.

Can other gases help explain Mars methane mystery?

The European Space Agency’s Trace Gas Orbiter has unexpectedly detected carbon dioxide and ozone in Mars’ atmosphere where the elusive methane should be, researchers in the UK and Russia have announced. The two gases may be hindering the probe’s methane detections.

Exciton Science to boost industry collaboration

(ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science) Businesses involved in renewable energy, advanced materials manufacturing, biomedical imaging, drug delivery and photocatalysis could all stand to benefit from the launch of the new Exciton Science Connect Program, which aims to foster knowledge exchange and capacity building between world-leading industries and an elite scientific research group.

Speech processing hierarchy in the dog brain

(Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Science) Dog brains, just as human brains, process speech hierarchically: intonations at lower, word meanings at higher stages, according to a new study by Hungarian researchers. The study reveals exciting speech processing similarities between us and a speechless species.

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Improving the monitoring of ship emissions

(University of Oldenburg ) A new EU-project aims at developing a sensor network to monitor ship emissions. A German-French team led by marine scientist Oliver Wurl of the University of Oldenburg, Germany, will develop a network of data bouys for autonomously measuring soot, oil, sulphur dioxide or plastic debris at the sea surface and in the air. Drones and devices deployed from aboard research vessels will supplement the system.

Germany-wide rainfall measurements by utilizing the mobile network

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Whether in flood early-warning systems or in agriculture – rainfall measurements are of great importance. However, there is a lack of accurate data for many regions in the world due to the fact that comprehensive measurements have so far been too expensive. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Augsburg have now succeeded in utilizing the commercial microwave link network operated by mobile network providers for Germany-wide rainfall measurements.