Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Italy’s olive crisis intensifies as deadly tree disease spreads

Italy’s olive crisis intensifies as deadly tree disease spreads

Containment measures meant to stop a rampant bacterium have been frequently delayed.

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People on love drug MDMA still know who to trust

People on love drug MDMA still know who to trust

For recreational users, ecstasy has long been associated with a harmonious mindset. Now there’s research to back that up. In a new study of MDMA, ecstasy’s main ingredient, the drug indeed made people more cooperative—but only with trustworthy partners.

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Tiny raptor tracks lead to big discovery

Tiny raptor tracks lead to big discovery

Tracks made by dinosaurs the size of sparrows have been discovered in South Korea by an international team of palaeontologists. University of Queensland researcher Dr Anthony Romilio was part of the team which described the tracks, which were originally found by Professor Kyung Soo Kim from Chinju National University of Education, South Korea.

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Let’s Build a Global Power Grid

Let’s Build a Global Power Grid

Reports abound of homeowners and businesses unplugging from the power grid and opting instead to generate and store their own electricity. Such grid defections may make sense in places where electricity rates are sky-high or service is spotty. But for just about everywhere else, it’s far more sensible to do the very opposite: interconnect regional electricity networks to form a globe-spanning supergrid.

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Evolutionary biologists uncover new branch on Tree of Life in rare discovery published in Nature

Evolutionary biologists uncover new branch on Tree of Life in rare discovery published in Nature

Scientists at Dalhousie Universityhave discovered a new branch on the ‘Tree of Life’ that no one knew existed. Their findings were published today in the journal Nature and will be critical to better understanding the evolutionary history of life on earth. “This discovery literally redraws our branch of the ‘Tree of Life’ at one of its deepest points,” explains Alastair Simpson, the lead author of the study and biology professor at Dalhousie. “It opens a new door to understanding the evolution of complex cells—and their ancient origins—back well before animals and plants emerged on Earth.”

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Climate change increasing risk of simultaneous natural disasters

Climate change increasing risk of simultaneous natural disasters

The increase of simultaneous natural disasters caused by climate change over the next century will be devastating for human society, according to a new study. A team of researchers picked through thousands of scientific papers and found 467 different ways greenhouse gasses affect human health, food, water, economy, infrastructure, and security.

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Monday, 19 November 2018

Change in future climate due to Antarctic meltwater

Change in future climate due to Antarctic meltwater

Accounting for meltwater from the Antarctic Ice Sheet in simulations of global climate leads to substantial changes in future climate projections and identifies a potential feedback mechanism that exacerbates melting.

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