ATLAS project finds 12 new species of sea creatures

Cold-water corals and seastars. Credit: IFREMER / ATLAS project Researchers working with the ATLAS project have reported to the press that they have found 12 new species of sea creatures new to science. The EU funded undersea project has been ongoing for five years and has carried out 45 research expeditions that involved the work […]

$3.9M project on self-deleting genes takes aim at mosquito-borne diseases

To control mosquito populations and prevent them from transmitting diseases such as malaria, many researchers are pursuing strategies in mosquito genetic engineering. A new Texas A&M AgriLife Research project aims to enable temporary “test runs” of proposed genetic changes in mosquitoes, after which the changes remove themselves from the mosquitoes’ genetic code. The project’s first […]

Project 5-100 universities see a dramatic increase in publications in leading journals

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Nataliya Matveeva, Ivan Sterligov, and Maria Yudkevich have analyzed the research activity of universities participating in Russia’s Academic Excellence Project 5-100. Overall, the quality of publications of these universities has improved. Collectively, participating universities have tripled their number of publications in reputable journals in the past three years, and researchers have […]

EPA says flood control project not subject to previous veto

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not object to a revised proposal for a massive flood-control project to pump water from parts of the Mississippi Delta, a regional administrator for the agency says. That’s significant because the EPA vetoed the Yazoo Backwater Project in 2008. On Oct. 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published […]

Russian oil giant announces start of vast Arctic project

The Vostok project, the cornerstone of Russia’s Arctic ambitions, brings together several Rosneft activities in the Russian Far North. Russian oil giant Rosneft on Wednesday announced the start of operations for its giant Vostok oil project in the Arctic, part of the country’s strategic energy plan which has been criticised by environmentalists. “It is with […]

Not to be sniffed at: historical smells project launched

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A team of historians, scientists, artificial intelligence experts and perfumers announced on Monday a new project to archive the smells of Europe’s past. From the fragrance of perfumes to the stench of the Battle of Waterloo, the ODEUROPA project will look to identify, describe and recreate the aromas that wafted across […]

Engineers’ report bolsters proposed Mississippi pump project

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday published a draft of a new environmental impact statement that supports a proposal […]

Seagrass restoration project brings back a crucial ecosystem

In the world’s largest seagrass restoration project, scientists have observed an ecosystem from birth to full flowering. As part of a 20-plus-years project, researchers and volunteers spread more than 70 million eelgrass seeds over plots covering more than 200 hectares, just beyond the wide expanses of salt marsh off the southern end of Virginia’s Eastern […]