Many seabird species, including the blue petrel (Halobaena caerulea), consume plastic at sea because algae on the plastic produce an odor that resembles their food sources.
Thousands of seabirds die every year from consuming plastic trash in the oceans. But why do they eat plastic? New research shows that it produces odors that help some species find prey.
Un goût que nous pourrions bientôt oublier.
Toutes les bananes que nous consommons sont issues de la même monoculture, ce qui expose le fruit à de graves épidémies. Mais heureusement, la génétique a plus d’un tour dans son sac.
Efforts to combat climate change are making extracting oil from areas like Canada’s tar sands fields more expensive.
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The SEC and others are pressing Exxon to disclose more climate change risks to investors. But new research suggests shareholders are already pricing in those costs on their own.
Facing down a future with no bananas.
Every single Cavendish banana plant worldwide is genetically identical. This vast monoculture sets them up for disastrous disease outbreaks. But researchers have ideas on how to protect the crop.
Steven Morgan deploys ABLE robots in a swimming pool to test how well their programs simulate larval behavior.
University of California, Davis
Most ocean species start out as larvae drifting with currents. Using underwater robots, scientists have found that larvae use swimming motions to affect their course and reach suitable places to grow.
Researchers are trying to understand how maternal immune responses might contribute to certain neurological disorders in offspring.
A pregnant woman's immune response may be a risk factor for some neurological conditions like autism and schizophrenia in the baby later on.
When girl gamers do well, men will often find ways to discredit the success.
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Many think that men are simply better than women at video games. Researchers recently compared performances of male and female gamers to determine if there's truth to this assumption.
Climate change is warming Lake Tahoe and could alter its chemistry in harmful ways.
Lakes contain most of the fresh water on Earth's surface. Recent research at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains shows that climate change could alter lake chemistry, threatening these sources.
Field tests of flood-tolerant ‘scuba rice.’
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Advocates have argued for years about whether genetically engineered crops are safe to grow and eat. Plant pathologist and geneticist Pamela Ronald calls for a more nuanced discussion.
Computers are coming up with proofs in mathematics that are almost impossible for a human to check.
Computers are increasingly used to prove mathematical theorems. So does that mean human mathematicians will become obselete?
Working bee colonies.
Elina L. Nino
Honey bees, which pollinate many valuable crops, are threatened by parasites, pesticides and development. But selective breeding, more benign pesticides and better nutrition could help turn the tide.
This attractive specimen, collected from a doorknob in New York, loved being in space.
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One common terrestrial bacterium has been found to grow in the microgravity of the International Space Station than on Earth, although it remains a mystery why.
A woman sunbathes on a warm summer day on a private beach in Nice, France.
The risks of UV radiation exposure are well-known, but some scientists are exploring lesser-known benefits of UV light.
A few genetic tweaks can solve a lot of problems.
Genetically modified animals can help to feed the world's burgeoning population, but there is still a lot of misinformation concerning its safety.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that have been delivering health benefits for thousands of years by helping to establish healthy gut microbiota.
The human gastrointestinal tract harbours trillions of microorganisms, with up to 1,000 or so different bacterial species.
Beware the digital evolution.
Science fiction has long warned of technology taking over the world. We're increasingly connected to a digital world that's growing, and more automated. So what if it starts to evolve?
What difference can a teaching assistant make?
Can the race of a teaching assistant have an impact on student grades?
The rate of growth in computing power predicted by Gordon Moore (pictured) could be slowing.
The rapid advancement of computing power has followed an unusual law that was first mooted a half century ago. But are there signs things could be slowing down?
In a hotter, drier West, who, besides fish, will be most harmed?
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Hydrologists, climate scientists and policymakers are beginning to grapple with a difficult question: who will be affected most by longer and more frequent droughts?
California is the latest state to attempt to ban microplastics from consumer care products. Why these commonly used microbeads are causing major health and environmental problems.