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Yearly Archives: 2018

Brain-eating amoeba

It sounds like something out of a horror movie. Indeed, the brain-eating amoeba will get into the nose and starts to make its way...

We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

BY PHILIP A LORING & RATANA CHUENPAGDEE KWAN PHAYAO, a large, crescent moon of a lake in Northern Thailand, is home to about 50 fish species, several hundred small-scale farmers...

A step closer to fusion energy

HARNESSING nuclear fusion, which powers the sun and stars, to help meet earth’s energy needs, is a step closer after researchers showed that using two types of imaging...

Mars moon got its grooves from rolling stones, study suggests

A NEW study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact. The...

Weirdly shaped mouse sperm can be used to tell species apart

THINK back to health class and picture a sperm. It’s got a smooth rounded head, with a long skinny tail at the end, right? As it turns...

Molecular insights into spider silk

THEY are lightweight, almost invisible, highly extensible and strong, and of course biodegradable: the threads spiders use to build their webs. In fact, spider silk belongs to the...

New approach helps mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles

NEW research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. In the article published by Scientific Reports, a range...

Agricultural waste drives us closer to greener transport

A TEAM of researchers, led by the University of Ports-mouth, have developed a bio-composite material using date palm fibre biomass (bio-mass is a term that includes waste material...

A robust fuel cell that runs on methane at practical temperatures

FUEL CELLS have not been particularly known for their practicality and affordability, but that may have just changed. There’s a new cell that runs on cheap fuel...

Microplastics found in all sea turtle species

TESTS on more than 100 sea turles - spanning three oceans and all seven species - have revealed microplastics in the guts of every...

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