Harnessing the power of algae: New, greener fuel cells move step closer to reality

A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially...

Improving climate models to account for plant behavior yields ‘goodish’ news

Climate scientists have not been properly accounting for what plants do at night, and that, it turns out, is a mistake. A new study...

New take on early evolution of photosynthesis

Scientists have begun re-thinking the evolutionary history of photochemical reaction centers (RCs). Their analysis describes a new pathway that ancient organisms may have taken...

Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders

Greenhouse gas emissions caused by urban households' purchases of goods and services from beyond city limits are much bigger than previously thought. These upstream...

Experiences of nature boost children’s learning

Spending time in nature boosts children's academic achievement and healthy development, concludes a new analysis examining hundreds of studies.

Concurrent hot and dry summers more common in future

In the past, climate scientists have tended to underestimate the risk of a co-occurrence of heatwave and drought. This is the conclusion of one...

Wild coffee plants, Christmas trees and chocolate’s tree are surprisingly poorly protected

An indicator to measure plant conservation shows a wide range of wild plants used for food, medicine, shelter, fuel, livestock forage and other valuable...

Kelp forests function differently in warming ocean

Kelp forests will experience a marked change in ecosystem functioning in response to continued ocean warming and the increase of warm-water kelp species, according...

Speedy recovery: New corn performs better in cold

Around the world, each person eats an average of 70 pounds of corn each year, with even more grown for animal feed and biofuel....

Selective logging will not be enough to sustain timber production in Amazonia

Amazonian forests are unlikely to provide enough timber to meet current demand over the long term, even with the use of improved logging practices....

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