Agriculture linked to changes in age-independent mortality in North America

The transition to agriculture from hunting and gathering in pre-colonial North America led to changes in age-independent mortality, or mortality caused by factors that...

Pheasants at risk on unfamiliar ground

Pheasants are most likely to be killed by predators on unfamiliar ground, new research shows.

More effective protected areas needed to halt biodiversity loss

Protected natural areas of the UK are struggling to halt declines in insects and spiders that have occurred over the past 30 years, according...

From ground to air to space: Tillage estimates get tech boost

In a new study, scientists demonstrate a way to accurately map tilled land in real time by integrating ground, airborne, and satellite imagery.

Bacteria really eat plastic

The bacterium Rhodococcus ruber eats and actually digests plastic.

Farewell to ‘forever’ — Destroying PFAS by grinding it up with a new additive

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are potentially harmful substances known as 'forever chemicals' because they are so difficult to destroy. One emerging technique to...

New ‘whipping jet’ sprayer controls how aerosols move

Scientists have invented a new 'whipping jet' sprayer that allows for greater control over how aerosols move. The device could benefit pharmaceutical, automotive, food...

Unprecedented levels of high-severity fire burn in Sierra Nevada

High-severity wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada forests has nearly quintupled compared to before Euro-American settlement, rising from less than 10% per year then to...

Vulnerability of red sea urchins to climate change depends on location

A new study of red sea urchins, a commercially valuable species, investigated how different populations respond to changes in their environments. The results show...

Mixture of crops provide ecological benefits for agricultural landscapes

There are often too few flowering plants in agricultural landscapes, which is one reason for the decline of pollinating insects. Researchers ave now investigated...

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