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Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast

Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal

New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a ‘clean’ process using solar energy.

Ice Cubes Allow Modular ISS Expirements

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Ice Cube commercial service in Columbus space laboratory mockup

Volcanic crystals give a new view of magma

Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano and they’re finding a colder, more solid place than previously thought, according to new research published June 16 in the journal Science.

Gender dictates camouflage strategy in this newly identified praying mantis group

Adult females and males in a new genus of Latin American praying mantises have sharply different approaches to camouflage, according to a Cleveland Museum of Natural History-led study in the open access journal ZooKeys.

Satellites forewarn of locust plagues

Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security.

Temperature changes make it easier for malaria to climb the Ethiopian highlands

The highlands of Ethiopia are home to the majority of the country’s population, the cooler climate serving as a natural buffer against malaria transmission. New data now show that increasing temperatures over the past 35 years are eroding this buffer, allowing conditions more favorable for malaria to begin climbing into highland areas.

Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer has ‘enormous potential’

Researchers from Concordia’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE) in collaboration with Bio-Terre Systems Inc. are taking the fight against global warming to colder climes.

US Navy Digitizes its Tactical Weather Data

Mapping technology company Esri has partnered with the U.S. Navy to develop a software system that will integrate meteorological data from unmanned vehicles to support tactical decision-making.

Geology, biology agree on Pangaea supercontinent breakup dates

Independent estimates from geology and biology agree on the timing of the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent into today’s continents, scientists have found.

How can humans and elephants better coexist?

The human-elephant conflict plays a huge role in the rapid decline elephant numbers. A panel of experts share ideas on how to mitigate this problem

Combatting weeds with lasers

A robot automatically identifies weeds in a field and combats them with a short laser pulse. Sustainable agriculture, which avoids the use of herbicides as far as possible, could benefit from this smart idea.