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A new study finds that the dark, rocky landscape of the Hami basin in the Gobi Desert helped to make it one of the...

Face masks cut distance airborne pathogens could travel in half, new study finds

The effectiveness of face masks has been a hotly debated topic since the emergence of COVID-19. However, a new study offers more evidence that...

Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain may not deliver the desired outcomes for nature

England's proposed mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain requirement for new developments might not deliver on promises to increase biodiversity, according to new research.

A beetle chemical defense gland offers clues about how complex organs evolve

Rove beetles are among the chemists of the insect world, concocting noxious compounds within their bodies that are weaponized to ward off predators, enabling...

Fluid dynamics simulation reveals the underlying physics of liquid jet cleaning

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Shift in atmospheric rivers could affect Antarctic sea ice, glaciers

Weather systems responsible for transporting moisture from the tropics to temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole...

Chemists develop a simple, easy-to-use method to break down pollutants in water

Chemists have found out how stubborn pollutants in water can be disintegrated easily and cost-effectively. To do so researchers only need a green LED...

How wildfire restored a Yosemite watershed

Despite the risk, allowing lightning fires to burn in Yosemite's Illilouette Creek Basin has brought undeniable ecological benefits, including boosting plant and pollinator biodiversity,...

Poison-ivy an unlikely hero in warding off exotic invaders?

The invasive Japanese knotweed causes much more severe damage to floodplain forests along the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania, USA, than previously thought. Furthermore, the researchers...

Almost alien: Antarctic subglacial lakes are cold, dark and full of secrets

More than half of the planet's fresh water is in Antarctica. While most of it is frozen in the ice sheets, underneath the ice...

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