Global warming seems to be causing 75 per cent of extreme high-temperature events and 18 per cent of extreme rainfall
Sponges are using toxins, mucus, shading and smothering to kill and then take over coral colonies in areas that have been over-fished, finds a new study. —> Read More
An international team of paleontologists led by Dr Fernando Novas of the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires has described a new genus and species of plant-eating dinosaur that roamed what is now Chile during the Upper Jurassic, roughly 145 million years ago. The new dinosaur, named Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, belongs to Tetanurae, a [...] —> Read More
A French architectural firm has put forward a concept for a futuristic city situated in the desert. The ‘City Sand Tower’ would be a huge vertical sel… —> Read More
Stanford researchers have found that brief web-based interventions with high school students can produce big results in their schoolwork and their appreciation of a positive, purposeful mindset. —> Read More
The thick, slimy brown ribbons are notorious for tangling the ankles of beachgoers and rotting in pungent piles. But kelp, according to its growing fan base, could also prove potent in protecting the health of oceans — and us.
“We’ve got some bad water heading our way,” said Betsy Peabody, founder and executive director of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. In April, Peabody’s small organization in Bainbridge Island, Washington, won a $1.5 million grant from the Paul Allen Family Foundation to investigate how cultivating the seaweed might help lessen the impacts of ocean acidification.
Other research has hinted at the sea plant’s potential to prevent toxic algal blooms and provide habitat for marine life, as well as even generate sustainable energy and food while preserving scarce fresh water for humans.
“Kelp is a game-changer,” said Bren Smith, owner of the Thimble Island Oyster Co., which grows a vertical farm of oysters, scallops, clams, mussels and kelp in Long Island Sound. “It is so resilient, fast-growing and does all of these powerful things.”
Smith, too, referenced kelp’s capacity to sweeten souring seas.
Rising levels of carbon dioxide are not only altering the global climate, but also changing ocean chemistry. A quarter of the greenhouse gas belched by coal and other fossil fuels is soaked up by seas. The result is increasingly acidic water that carries fewer carbonate ions, critical building blocks for the skeletons and shells of many valuable and vulnerable sea animals such as clams, crabs, lobsters, shrimp and sea butterflies.
No larger than a grain of sand, the latter snail-like creature is a staple in the diet of marine animals, including sea birds and salmon, around the world. Off the —> Read More
Chilesaurus is an odd vegetarian relative of T. rex, a chimera-like hotchpotch of traits from many dinosaurs, which challenges our ideas on their evolution
Juvenile delinquency isn’t just a drain on the criminal justice system. It can affect the economy through damaged or stolen property, as well as strain the health care system because delinquency and other risky behaviors have been linked to poor health outcomes as adults. —> Read More
Mechanical monsters set to wage war in the playground: Spider-like robot toys shoot ‘lasers’ and stomp on demand
Computer scientists in Bristol have created the ‘world’s first gaming robots’ called Mecha Monsters (pictured), which can be programmed to perform new tricks. —> Read More
Can you blend the Apple Watch into a fine dust? That question has been answered by Utah-based company Blendtec’s popular YouTube series (shown) ‘Will it Blend?’ —> Read More