Trees That Live Fast, Die Young, and Mess with Climate Models

Under a business-as-usual scenario of greenhouse gas emissions, the average global temperature may increase by almost 5°C through the end of the century. This climate change could cause a 1-meter increase in sea levels, possibly wreaking havoc on coastal regions and demanding hundreds of billions of dollars every year in adaptation and mitigation […]

Best snow shovel: Clear your driveway fast

Whether you get a couple inches or a foot of snow, these snow shovels have you covered. (Anna Hill via Unsplash/) Don’t be that cranky neighbor who grumbles at the sight of any snowflakes. Freshly fallen snow is a beautiful sight, and your snow days should be enjoyed. The best snow shovels will allow you […]

Best vacuum cleaner: How to tidy up fast

No matter the mess, these vacuum cleaners have you covered. (The Creative Exchange via Unsplash/) Vacuuming has come a long way since 1908 when an Ohio store janitor, James Murray Spangler, sold his patent for an Electric Suction Sweeper to one William Hoover. The two men would undoubtedly be astonished to discover that, these days, […]

Periodic and phase-locked modulation in the pulsar PSR B1929+10 investigated with FAST

The mean pulse profile of PSR B1929+10 from the observation of November 22, 2019. Credit: Kou et al., 2020. Using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), astronomers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and elsewhere have conducted single-pulse observations of a pulsar known as PSR B1929+10. Results of the monitoring campaign shed more […]

Nature can adjust to a new climate, though perhaps not fast enough

Nature is widely adapted to the current climate, making it harder to adjust to a new one. Image credit: Irina Iriser on Unsplash Climate change is a major threat to biodiversity, and with predictions that the crisis will only worsen unless greenhouse gas emissions are rapidly reduced, a significant portion of the world’s species could […]

New software for fast and easy analysis of environmental microbes

The two lead authors share a passion for bioinformatics and symbiotic critters in marine sands. Here, they are searching for small worms under the microscope at Carrie Bow Cay Field Station in Belize. Credit: Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Microbiologists traditionally determine which organisms they are dealing with using the small subunit ribosomal RNA […]

New software for fast and easy analysis of environmental microbes — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen are developing a user-friendly method to reconstruct and analyze SSU rRNA from raw metagenome data. First the background: Microbiologists traditionally determine which organisms they are dealing with using the small subunit ribosomal RNA or in short SSU rRNA gene. This marker gene allows to […]