loneliest elephant heads to Cambodia after Cher campaign

Kavaan (in enclosure at right) is set to be flown to Cambodia following a campaign by pop star Cher to free the elephant Following years of public outcry and campaigning by American pop star Cher, the “world’s loneliest elephant” embarked Sunday on a mammoth move from Pakistan to retirement in a Cambodian sanctuary. The famed […]

In fire-prone West, plants need their pollinators — and vice versa — ScienceDaily

2020 is the worst fire year on record in the United States, with nearly 13 million acres burned, 14,000 structures destroyed and an estimated $3 billion spent on fire suppression — and counting. At the same time, certain land managers have invested huge amounts of time and resources toward restoring fire through “controlled burn” approaches. […]

Princeton scientists discover a motif that guides assembly of the algal pyrenoid

IMAGE: Princeton researchers led by Moritz Meyer and Martin Jonikas have discovered that the algal pyrenoid, which concentrates carbon dioxide for the enzyme Rubisco, self-assembles through interactions between Rubisco and other… view more  Credit: Image by Meyer et al. The next time you visit a lake or the seashore, take a deep breath. As you exhale, […]

Sydney records hottest November night as heatwave sweeps city

A fiery sunset over the Members’ Stand during the one-day cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the sweltering city Sydney recorded its hottest November night as Australia’s largest city suffered through a weekend heatwave that saw daytime temperatures peak above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The overnight temperature […]

Cooking with wood may cause lung damage — ScienceDaily

Advanced imaging with CT shows that people who cook with biomass fuels like wood are at risk of suffering considerable damage to their lungs from breathing in dangerous concentrations of pollutants and bacterial toxins, according to a study being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Approximately 3 billion […]

SARS-CoV-2 mutations do not appear to increase transmissibility

None of the mutations currently documented in the SARS-CoV-2 virus appear to increase its transmissibility in humans, according to a study led by UCL researchers. The analysis of virus genomes from over 46,000 people with COVID-19 from 99 countries is published today in Nature Communications. First and corresponding author Dr Lucy van Dorp (UCL Genetics […]

Princeton scientists solve the mystery behind an enigmatic organelle, the pyrenoid

IMAGE: The waterborne algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. view more  Credit: Image by He et al Carbon is one of the main building blocks for life on Earth. It’s abundant in our planet’s atmosphere, where it’s found in the form of carbon dioxide. Carbon makes its way into Earthlings’ bodies mainly through the process of photosynthesis, which incorporates […]

Bahamas is set to start offshore oil drilling just 150 miles off South Florida

Florida’s waters may be protected from offshore drilling but the Bahamas plans to start looking for oil in less than a month at an exploratory well just 150 miles off the coast of the Sunshine State. Bahamas Petroleum Company, or BPC, said in a regulatory filing last week that it contracted the UK-registered Stena IceMAX […]