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Can Fungi Fix Our Plastic Problem? Polymer-Eating Mushrooms Show Potential in a Variety of Applications
Since the revolutionary discovery of the first synthetic polymers in 1869, plastics have become an indispensable part of everyday life. They were, in their own way, an eco-friendly solution for replacing natural materials like ivory,...
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India Bakes Under Unprecedented Heat; Millions Seek Refuge Indoors While Crops Fail, Electricity Demand Skyrockets
India has been baking under an unprecedented heat wave with numerous regions in the country recording temperatures well in excess of 40°C (104° F) for days on end with little relief in sight. The heat...
Birds’ Abilities in Language Closer to Humans Than Any Other Animal – Even Primates
A Japanese researcher may have made a breakthrough that could bridge the gap of understanding between humans and fauna, especially our feathered friends. Birds' abilities in linguistics have been demonstrated in their use of a...
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The Odyssey of Gai Lan
There is a charming story that the families of early Chinese immigrants sailing from Guangdong to San Francisco provided them with seeds of the vegetables they were leaving behind. Among these were gai lan (芥蘭,...
Is the Modern Conservation Mentality Threatening the Environment?
As much as 21 percent of all land on Earth is ecologically intact due to the conservation practices of indigenous people and local communities that inhabit these areas, according to the 2021 report by ICCA,...
Atlantis and the Great Flood – Myths Connected by Reality?
The vast secrets of the universe will never be fully understood by humanity; but ancient myths and traditions may be able to offer insight into our history and destiny. The lost city of Atlantis and...
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Facility Designed to Fight Global Warming Breaks Down Due to Freezing Temperatures
A first of its kind facility located in Iceland east of Reykjavik, the Climeworks “Orca” plant, designed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere in an attempt to combat global warming recently ran into a snag...
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1 in 4 Africans Face Food Insecurity as Continent Suffers Worst Crisis Since 2017
On April 5, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that almost a quarter of Africans are suffering from the worst hunger crisis to hit the continent since 2017. As humanitarian aid is...
2.4 Billion GE Mosquitoes to Be Released in US, Despite Uncertainties
UK-based biological pest control company Oxitec claims to have discovered a way to apply genetic engineering (GE) on insects to curb mosquito-borne diseases. While the plan has met with approval by the EPA, various concerns...