Study shows nanoplastics can build up in plants and stunt their growth

That tiny plastic fragment exists in soil is perhaps not so surprising, but researchers have now conducted one of the first studies on what this means for plant life, finding that it can reduce the total biomass of the finished product.

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Study suggests that stiffer roads would improve trucks’ mileage

Everyone knows that walking on soft sand is more difficult than walking on a hard sidewalk. By that same token, MIT scientists are now suggesting that if road surfaces were to be made stiffer, large trucks would use less fuel.

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Feeding coral probiotics found to boost their chances of survival

Scientists are exploring many options when it comes to shoring up the wellbeing of coral reefs in the face of warming waters, and an international team of researchers is putting forward another possibility, showing how probiotics can boost their health and chances of survival.

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“Magnetic sponge” MOF captures carbon with record energy efficiency

One area where metal organic frameworks have real potential is in the field of carbon capture, which a team of researchers has demonstrated with a sponge-like device that adsorbs CO2 using just a third of the energy required by other methods.

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Study finds sixth mass extinction accelerating at unprecedented rate

Back in 2015 scientists published a paper outlining what they perceived as a sixth mass extinction event. Researchers have now provided an update in the form of a new study that has found the rate of extinctions is increasing at an unprecedented rate.

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Turbines brighten clouds over Great Barrier Reef in world-first trial

In a world first, researchers have conducted a cloud-brightening trial as a way of protecting fragile corals in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, to see whether reflecting some of the Sun’s energy away could help limit damage due to climate change.

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Fava beans may be a greener substitute for soy

Many vegans swear by soy as a meat-free protein source, but concerns have been raised over the environmental sustainability of soybean farming. With that in mind, research now suggests that specially-prepared fava beans may be a better alternative.

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Weird weather pushes Greenland to worst ice loss on record

A new study has calculated that the Greenland ice sheet lost hundreds of billions of tons of ice last year, marking the biggest drop in its ice mass since records began in 1948. The team found that unusual pressure patterns had a devastating impact.

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NASA wants your help to map the world’s coral reefs

NASA is calling on citizen scientists to help identify and classify the world's corals by playing a virtual diving game, so that experts can better understand how they are evolving and how they might be best preserved for the future.

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Lobsters found to grind plastics down into “secondary microplastics”

A new study by scientists in Italy has shone a light on the way lobsters digest plastic particles, finding that their stomach actually grinds them up into tiny fragments that can pose a risk to smaller creatures in the food chain.

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