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Researchers have developed fish-inspired robots that can synchronize their movements like a real school of fish, without any external control. It is the first...

Physical weathering of rock breakdown more important than previously recognized

Anisovolumetric weathering is much more common than previously thought, and variations in this process can be explained by climate and erosion.

Study looks at how land acquisitions affect climate change

Researchers looked at what drives large-scale land acquisitions and how the implementation of large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural development affect carbon emissions, and in...

Asian butterfly mimics other species to defend against predators

Many animal and insect species use Batesian mimicry -- mimicking a poisonous species -- as a defense against predators. The common palmfly Elymnias hypermnestra...

Flashing plastic ash completes recycling

A new flash graphene process, adapted to convert worthless pyrolyzed plastic ash, could be used to strengthen concrete and toughen plastics used in medicine,...

Wetland methane cycling increased during ancient global warming event

Wetland methane cycling increased during a rapid global warming event 56 million years ago and could foreshadow changes the methane cycle will experience in...

Northern lakes at risk of losing ice cover permanently, impacting drinking water

Close to 5,700 lakes in the Northern Hemisphere may permanently lose ice cover this century, 179 of them in the next decade, at current...

A fly’s eye view of evolution

The fascinating compound eyes of insects consist of hundreds of individual eyes known as 'facets'. In the course of evolution, an enormous variety of...

Pollinators not getting the ‘buzz’ they need in news coverage

A dramatic decline in pollinating insects threatens the global food supply, yet it's getting 'vanishingly low levels of attention' in mainstream news, even compared...

Spilling the beans on coffee’s true identity

People worldwide want their coffee to be both satisfying and reasonably priced. To meet these standards, roasters typically use a blend of two types...

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