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Intact forests are important climate regulators and harbors of biodiversity, but they are rapidly disappearing. Agriculture is commonly considered to be the major culprit...

Collision risk and habitat loss: Wind turbines in forests impair threatened bat species

In order to meet climate protection goals, renewable energies are booming -- often wind power. More than 30,000 turbines have already been installed on...

We need to learn to live with less steel

Steel is one of the most important materials in the world, integral to the cars we drive, the buildings we inhabit, and the infrastructure...

Bioenergy: Precision gene editing in miscanthus

Researchers have successfully demonstrated precision gene editing in miscanthus, a promising perennial crop for sustainable bioenergy production. Biologists edited the genomes of three miscanthus...

Rare opportunity to study short-lived volcanic island reveals sulfur-metabolizing microbes

On the short-lived island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai, researchers discovered a unique microbial community that metabolizes sulfur and atmospheric gases, similar to organisms...

Simulations and experiments reveal unprecedented detail about water’s motion in salt water

In salt water solutions, water molecules rapidly move around salt ions at a scale of more than a trillion times a second, according to...

Tracing the flow of water with DNA

Environmental DNA analysis of microbial communities can help us understand how a particular region's water cycle works. Basel hydrogeologist Oliver Schilling recently used this...

How to push, wiggle, or drill an object through sand

Researchers developed a faster and simpler way to model the forces needed to push, wiggle, and drill an object through soft, granular material in...

Bacterial electricity: Membrane potential influences antibiotic tolerance

The electrical potential across the bacterial cell envelope indicates when bacteria no longer operate as individual cells but as a collective. Researchers have discovered...

New research quantifies the ‘wow’ factor of sunrise and sunset

A new study has identified the impact that fleeting natural events, such as sunrises and sunsets, can have on people, and sought to quantify...

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