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Squid could provide an eco-friendly alternative to plastics

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:34:30 EST ~ The remarkable properties of a recently-discovered squid protein could revolutionize materials in a way that would be unattainable with conventional plastic. Originating in the ringed teeth of a squid's predatory arms, this protein can be processed into fibers and films with applications ranging from health-monitoring 'smart' clothes to self-healing recyclable fabrics that reduce microplastic pollution. Materials made from this protein are eco-friendly and biodegradable, with sustainable large-scale production achieved using laboratory culture methods. Find out more...

Climate goals of the Paris Agreement: Impact of land use

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:27:44 EST ~ Significantly less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times -- this is the temperature to which global warming should be limited, according to the Paris Climate Agreement. In a current study, a research team shows that previous efforts to reduce greenhouse gases through human land use are insufficient. Find out more...

Natural resources valued differently by men and woman

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:16:51 EST ~ Men and women value, access and use resources from the natural environment in distinct and different ways, a new study has shown. Find out more...

Climate-friendly labriculture depends on an energy revolution

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:07:40 EST ~ In a first-of-its-kind study, the climate-change impact of several production methods for lab-grown and farmed beef was assessed accounting for the differing greenhouse gases produced. The new projections reveal that over the long term, cultured meat production methods requiring large energy inputs could increase global warming more than some types of cattle farming if energy systems remain dependent on fossil fuels. Find out more...

There's a place for us: New research reveals humanity's roles in ecosystems

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:25:18 EST ~ In two back-to-back symposia a cross-disciplinary cohort of scientists will present the first comprehensive investigations of how humans interacted with plant and animal species in different cultures worldwide through time. Find out more...

How to feed the world by 2050? Recent breakthrough boosts plant growth by 40 percent

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:45:18 EST ~ Recent advances to address hunger through agricultural advancement have been shown to boost crop growth by 40 percent by creating a shortcut for a glitch that plagues most food crops. Find out more...

The prospects of American strawberries

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:20:28 EST ~ Researchers have embarked on an academic journey designed to generate an effective guideline essential for research, policy, and marketing strategies for the strawberry industry across the country, and to enable the development of general and region-specific educational and production tools. Find out more...

Moving artificial leaves out of the lab and into the air

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:00:20 EST ~ Researchers have proposed a design solution that could bring artificial leaves out of the lab and into the environment. Their improved leaf, which would use carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- from the air, would be at least 10 times more efficient than natural leaves at converting carbon dioxide to fuel. Find out more...

A better way to make plastics out of sulfur

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:50:11 EST ~ Scientists have discovered a new process to make polymers out of sulfur which could provide a way of making plastic that is less harmful to the environment. Find out more...

How landscape plants have an impact on the carbon footprint

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 16:14:54 EST ~ A new study provides a base of understanding of carbon footprint terminology and illustrates carbon footprint analyses using data from previous research that modeled nursery and greenhouse crop production systems and their life-cycle impact. The science underlying the determination of carbon footprint and the degree to which it is important in minimizing the negative impacts of new product development and assessing the positive or negative cradle-to-grave life-cycle impacts is presented. Find out more...