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Plants can distinguish when touch starts and stops, study suggests

Even without nerves, plants can sense when something touches them and when it lets go, a Washington State University-led study has found. In a set...

Engineers harvest abundant clean energy from thin air, 24/7

A team of engineers has recently shown that nearly any material can be turned into a device that continuously harvests electricity from humidity in...

‘Sustainable’ condenser tumble dryers create hundreds of tons of waterborne microfiber pollution

A new study has revealed that drying laundry using a condenser tumble dryer leads to hundreds of tons of potentially harmful microfibers being released...

Rare tropical plant gains appetite for meat

Under certain circumstances, a rare tropical plant develops into a carnivore. A research team has now deciphered the mechanism responsible for this.

African smoke over the Amazon

Up to two-thirds of the soot above the central Amazon rainforest originates in Africa. Researchers differentiate soot particles using their relative properties and attribute...

Joro spiders aren’t scary: They’re shy

Despite their intimidating appearance, the giant yellow and blue-black spiders spreading across the Southeastern U.S. owe their survival to a surprising trait: They're rather...

We now know exactly what happens in nature when we fell forests

Deforestation is the biggest threat to the planet's ecosystems, and new research has now mapped out exactly what happens when agriculture replaces forestry.

Porous crystals made from plant extracts purify water from pharmaceutical pollutants

Researchers have developed porous crystals made from pomegranate extract to capture and degrade pharmaceutical molecules found in local municipal wastewater.

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