Climate policies, transition risk, and financial stability

Climate policies, transition risk, and financial stability

Climate policies, transition risk, and financial stability The way in which banks react to climate risks and uncertainty could impact financial stability as well as the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy. A new study by researchers from IIASA and the Vienna University of Economics …..

Sperm help 'persuade' the female to accept pregnancy

Sperm help 'persuade' the female to accept pregnancy

Sperm help 'persuade' the female to accept pregnancy Sperm are generally viewed as having just one action in reproduction—to fertilize the female’s egg—but studies at the University of Adelaide are overturning that view. Sperm help 'persuade' the female to accept pregnancy

Direct-acting antiviral to treat COVID-19 developed in QLD

Direct-acting antiviral to treat COVID-19 developed in QLD

Direct-acting antiviral to treat COVID-19 developed in QLD An international team of scientists from the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) at Griffith University and from City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases in the US, has developed …..

Future sparkles for diamond-based quantum technology

Future sparkles for diamond-based quantum technology

Future sparkles for diamond-based quantum technology Marilyn Monroe famously sang that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they are also very popular with quantum scientists—with two new research breakthroughs poised to accelerate the development of synthetic diamond-based quantum technology, improve scalability, and dramatically reduce …..

Recycling gives new purpose to spent nuclear fuel

Recycling gives new purpose to spent nuclear fuel

Recycling gives new purpose to spent nuclear fuel Imagine filling up your gas tank with 10 gallons of gas, driving just far enough to burn a half gallon and discarding the rest. Then, repeat. That is essentially the practice that the U.S. nuclear industry is …..

Study uncovers drivers of fishers' decisions of where to fish

Study uncovers drivers of fishers' decisions of where to fish

Study uncovers drivers of fishers' decisions of where to fish A team of researchers from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology and the University of Exeter, alongside Oceanswell, have used a new approach to understand the movement and drivers of commercial fishing fleet activity in one of …..

Supernova remnant G53.41+0.03 investigated in detail

Supernova remnant G53.41+0.03 investigated in detail

Supernova remnant G53.41+0.03 investigated in detail Astronomers have conducted detailed X-ray observations of a recently discovered supernova remnant (SNR) known as G53.41+0.03. Results of the observational campaign provide important insights into the properties of this object. The study was detailed in a paper published May …..

Do animals laugh?

Do animals laugh?

Do animals laugh? Human laughter may trace its evolutionary beginnings to vocalizations made during play. This type of “laughing” is found in many mammals and even in some birds. Do animals laugh?

Fight against drug-resistant typhoid aided by new genomic resource

Fight against drug-resistant typhoid aided by new genomic resource

Fight against drug-resistant typhoid aided by new genomic resource A new online resource gives the public health community the power to track antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella Typhi (S. Typhi), the bacterium that causes typhoid fever, using genomic sequencing. Improving surveillance in this way enables early …..

India braces for powerful cyclone amid deadly virus surge

India braces for powerful cyclone amid deadly virus surge

India braces for powerful cyclone amid deadly virus surge A powerful cyclone roaring in the Arabian Sea was moving toward India’s western coast on Monday as authorities tried to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state. India braces for …..

How plankton hold secrets to preventing pandemics

How plankton hold secrets to preventing pandemics

How plankton hold secrets to preventing pandemics Whether it’s plankton exposed to parasites or people exposed to pathogens, a host’s initial immune response plays an integral role in determining whether infection occurs and to what degree it spreads within a population, new University of Colorado …..

Is your family 'CO safe' when big storms hit?

Is your family 'CO safe' when big storms hit?

Is your family 'CO safe' when big storms hit? (HealthDay)—If you live in the path of hurricanes , the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging you to be prepared. Is your family 'CO safe' when big storms hit?

Boom times for organic cocoa in Ivory Coast

Boom times for organic cocoa in Ivory Coast

Boom times for organic cocoa in Ivory Coast Cocoa farmers across Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer of the key ingredient for chocolate, are down in the dumps after prices for their commodity have fallen for the second year running. Boom times for organic cocoa …..

Is Beef the new coal? Climate-friendly eating is on the rise

Is Beef the new coal? Climate-friendly eating is on the rise

Is Beef the new coal? Climate-friendly eating is on the rise Eleven Madison Park, a top Manhattan restaurant, is going meatless. The Epicurious cooking site stopped posting new beef recipes. The Culinary Institute of America is promoting “plant-forward” menus. Dozens of colleges, including Harvard and …..

Undammed, undimmed: The battle over a unique European river

Undammed, undimmed: The battle over a unique European river

Undammed, undimmed: The battle over a unique European river Cutting into craggy mountains, meandering through plains and eventually hitting Albania’s shimmering Adriatic, the Vjosa river’s untouched landscapes are a national treasure, but one that is under imminent threat. Undammed, undimmed: The battle over a unique …..

Back-to-back tornadoes kill 10 in China; over 300 injured

Back-to-back tornadoes kill 10 in China; over 300 injured

Back-to-back tornadoes kill 10 in China; over 300 injured Back-to-back tornadoes killed at least 10 people in central and eastern China and left more than 300 others injured, officials and state media reported Saturday. Back-to-back tornadoes kill 10 in China; over 300 injured

'Nihao Mars': China's Zhurong rover touches down on Red Planet

'Nihao Mars': China's Zhurong rover touches down on Red Planet

'Nihao Mars': China's Zhurong rover touches down on Red Planet China’s probe to Mars touched down on the Red Planet early Saturday to deploy its Zhurong rover, state media reported, a triumph for Beijing’s increasingly bold space ambitions and a history-making feat for a nation …..

Synthesizing a new class of bio-inspired, light-capturing nanomaterials

Synthesizing a new class of bio-inspired, light-capturing nanomaterials

Synthesizing a new class of bio-inspired, light-capturing nanomaterials Inspired by nature, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), along with collaborators from Washington State University, created a novel material capable of capturing light energy. This material provides a highly efficient artificial light-harvesting system with potential …..

Researchers trace path of light in photosynthesis

Researchers trace path of light in photosynthesis

Researchers trace path of light in photosynthesis Three billion years ago, light first zipped through chlorophyll within tiny reaction centers, the first step plants and photosynthetic bacteria take to convert light into food. Researchers trace path of light in photosynthesis

Scientists discover faster way to manufacture vascular materials

Scientists discover faster way to manufacture vascular materials

Scientists discover faster way to manufacture vascular materials Developing self-healing materials is nothing new for Nancy Sottos, lead of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Scientists discover faster way to manufacture …..

New cyanobacteria species spotlights early life

New cyanobacteria species spotlights early life

New cyanobacteria species spotlights early life Cyanobacteria are one of the unsung heroes of life on Earth. They first evolved to perform photosynthesis about 2.4 billion years ago, pumping tons of oxygen into the atmosphere—a period known as the Great Oxygenation Event—which enabled the evolution …..

New research shows: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek led rivals astray

New research shows: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek led rivals astray

New research shows: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek led rivals astray A microscope used by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to conduct pioneering research contains a surprisingly ordinary lens, as new research by Rijksmuseum Boerhaave Leiden and TU Delft shows. It is a remarkable finding, because Van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) …..

Solar wind from the center of the Earth

Solar wind from the center of the Earth

Solar wind from the center of the Earth High-precision noble gas analyses indicate that solar wind particles from our primordial Sun were encased in the Earth’s core over 4.5 billion years ago. Researchers from the Institute of Earth Sciences at Heidelberg University have concluded that …..

Climate change threatens one-third of global food production

Climate change threatens one-third of global food production

Climate change threatens one-third of global food production Climate change is known to negatively affect agriculture and livestock, but there has been little scientific knowledge on which regions of the planet would be touched or what the biggest risks may be. New research led by …..

Using cell phones as space weather vanes

Using cell phones as space weather vanes

Using cell phones as space weather vanes Your smartphone may be able to sense space weather and even get a little disoriented by it, according to researchers, who tested how geomagnetic storms affect the magnetic sensors in cell phones. The new research suggests that apps …..

Is the past (and future) there when nobody looks?

Is the past (and future) there when nobody looks?

Is the past (and future) there when nobody looks? In 1961, the Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist Eugene Wigner proposed what is now known as the ‘Wigner’s friend’ thought experiment as an extension of the notorious Schroedinger’s cat experiment. In the latter, a cat is …..

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C Of the over 400 climate scenarios assessed in the 1.5°C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), only around 50 scenarios avoid significantly overshooting 1.5°C. Of those only around 20 make realistic assumptions …..

Hanging by a thread: Imaging and probing chains of single atoms

Hanging by a thread: Imaging and probing chains of single atoms

Hanging by a thread: Imaging and probing chains of single atoms Low-dimensional materials, such as 1D monoatomic chains, exhibit exotic properties that could find interesting applications. However, single-atom bonds and their mechanical characteristics are difficult to study. In a recent study, scientists from JAIST, Japan, …..

Rights group launches tool to stem cybercrime in Africa

Rights group launches tool to stem cybercrime in Africa

Rights group launches tool to stem cybercrime in Africa Victims of cyberbullying and related crimes can now get redress thanks to a new online platform that seeks to empower internet users across Africa to report digital rights violations. Rights group launches tool to stem cybercrime …..

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier this year was premature and that states are allowing too many of the animals to be killed. …..

Mexican paleontologists identify new 'talkative' dinosaur species

Mexican paleontologists identify new 'talkative' dinosaur species

Mexican paleontologists identify new 'talkative' dinosaur species Paleontologists identified a new species of dinosaur after a specimen from about 73 million years ago was found in northern Mexico, the country’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said Thursday. Mexican paleontologists identify new 'talkative' dinosaur …..

Force-sensing PIEZO proteins are at work in plants, too

Force-sensing PIEZO proteins are at work in plants, too

Force-sensing PIEZO proteins are at work in plants, too A family of proteins that sense mechanical force—and enable our sense of touch and many other important bodily functions—also are essential for proper root growth in some plants, according to a study led by scientists at …..

Politically polarized brains share an intolerance of uncertainty

Politically polarized brains share an intolerance of uncertainty

Politically polarized brains share an intolerance of uncertainty Since the 1950s, political scientists have theorized that political polarization—increased numbers of “political partisans” who view the world with an ideological bias—is associated with an inability to tolerate uncertainty and a need to hold predictable beliefs about …..

The first frost is the deepest

The first frost is the deepest

The first frost is the deepest The first frost of autumn may be grim for gardeners but the latest evidence reveals it is a profound event in the life of plants. The first frost is the deepest

The Achilles heel of the coronavirus

The Achilles heel of the coronavirus

The Achilles heel of the coronavirus Viruses require the resources of an infected cell to replicate and then infect further cells, and transfer to other individuals. One essential step in the viral life cycle is the production of new viral proteins based on the instructions …..

Rivers might not be as resilient to drought as once thought

Rivers might not be as resilient to drought as once thought

Rivers might not be as resilient to drought as once thought Rivers ravaged by a lengthy drought may not be able to recover, even after the rains return. Seven years after the Millennium drought baked southeastern Australia, a large fraction of the region’s rivers still …..

EPA revokes Trump-era policy that loosened clean-air rules

EPA revokes Trump-era policy that loosened clean-air rules

EPA revokes Trump-era policy that loosened clean-air rules The Environmental Protection Agency is revoking a Trump-era rule that overhauled how the agency evaluates air pollutants, a move the Biden administration says will make it easier to enact limits on dangerous and climate-changing emissions. EPA revokes …..

Helping endangered sea turtles, one emergency surgery at a time

Helping endangered sea turtles, one emergency surgery at a time

Helping endangered sea turtles, one emergency surgery at a time “Help! I’m fishing and just caught a huge sea turtle. She’s completely swallowed my hook.” We are two veterinarians, Debra Moore, who specializes in sea turtles, and John Thomason, who specializes in internal medicine. This …..

Fire officials aim to squelch blazes fast, avoid megafires

Fire officials aim to squelch blazes fast, avoid megafires

Fire officials aim to squelch blazes fast, avoid megafires U.S. officials said Thursday that they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of …..

How sex work has been affected by the pandemic

How sex work has been affected by the pandemic

How sex work has been affected by the pandemic In the months before the pandemic, I was involved in an extensive piece of research into the sex work industry in the UK. Focusing on the main online market for sex work in the UK, AdultWork, …..

Domino-like crystallization of glass

Domino-like crystallization of glass

Domino-like crystallization of glass Materials in a glassy state are everywhere in our lives and have contributed to humanity for many years. Today, they play a critical role in various technologies, including optical fibers. Although we believe that glass is highly stable, it sometimes crystallizes, …..

Teaching a computer program to track cells

Teaching a computer program to track cells

Teaching a computer program to track cells Following the minuscule movements of every cell in a petri dish would be a painstaking task for any human. But teach a set of computer programs to do the job, and they can complete it quickly and even …..

Health check upgrade for the world's wildlife

Health check upgrade for the world's wildlife

Health check upgrade for the world's wildlife Scientists have proposed a new way to assess the health of wildlife in biodiversity hotspots, to better protect animals and bolster conservation efforts. Health check upgrade for the world's wildlife

Children explain their food insecurity woes

Children explain their food insecurity woes

Children explain their food insecurity woes The cruel realities of childhood food insecurity bit hard during COVID-19, when hardships magnified existing problems for families feeling economic pressure. Children explain their food insecurity woes

Orangutan finding highlights need to protect habitat

Orangutan finding highlights need to protect habitat

Orangutan finding highlights need to protect habitat Wild orangutans are known for their ability to survive food shortages, but scientists have made a surprising finding that highlights the need to protect the habitat of these critically endangered primates, which face rapid habitat destruction and threats …..

99 of 100 cities most at risk environmentally in Asia

99 of 100 cities most at risk environmentally in Asia

99 of 100 cities most at risk environmentally in Asia Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and four-fifths are in India or China, according to a risk assessment published Friday. 99 of 100 cities most …..

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks After a gap of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website highlighting evidence of climate change in the United States, including rising temperatures, increased ocean acidity, sea level rise, river flooding, droughts, …..

Napoleonic jewels dazzle in Geneva auction

Napoleonic jewels dazzle in Geneva auction

Napoleonic jewels dazzle in Geneva auction A jewellery set worn by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s adopted daughter sold for $1.65 million in Geneva on Wednesday, soaring way above the pre-auction estimate. Napoleonic jewels dazzle in Geneva auction

New research may explain shortages within STEM careers

New research may explain shortages within STEM careers

New research may explain shortages within STEM careers A new study by the University of Georgia revealed that more college students change majors within the STEM pipeline than leave the career path of science, technology, engineering and mathematics altogether. New research may explain shortages within …..

China launches more classified Yaogan satellites into orbit

China launches more classified Yaogan satellites into orbit

China launches more classified Yaogan satellites into orbit China conducted two launches of classified Yaogan satellites in the last week while much of the world waited to see where and when the Long March 5B would fall. China launches more classified Yaogan satellites into orbit

A low-cost solution to remove arsenic from drinking water

A low-cost solution to remove arsenic from drinking water

A low-cost solution to remove arsenic from drinking water High levels of a naturally occurring chemical called arsenic have been a source of contamination of ground-based drinking water, such as well-water, for people in many countries around the world, including parts of the United States. …..