Teaching life a new trick: Bacteria make boron-carbon bonds

Teaching life a new trick: Bacteria make boron-carbon bonds

Top Story In another feat of bioengineering, a team of scientists has created bacteria that can, for the first time, make chemical compounds containing bonds between boron and carbon. Before now, such boron-carbon bonds came only from the laboratories of chemists and could not be produced by any known life-form. The finding is part of […]

Tasty tomatoes could be sacrificed in drive to cut food waste

Tasty tomatoes could be sacrificed in drive to cut food waste

Out in the coldage fotostock/Alamy By Sam Wong Tomayto, tomahto – we’ve long agreed to disagree on pronunciation, but the debate on where to store them is just heating up. Yesterday, new guidelines on food labelling aimed at reducing waste were published in the UK. The most eye-catching recommendation was that consumers should be advised […]

‘Super-spreader’ coral could restore trashed Great Barrier Reef

‘Super-spreader’ coral could restore trashed Great Barrier Reef

Still not beyond savingBrandon Cole/naturepl.com By Alice Klein They are the seed banks of the sea. Hubs of healthy coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could help rebuild damaged areas by spreading their larvae via ocean currents. Protecting these areas could be key to the future of the ecosystem. The Great Barrier Reef is threatened […]

The fashion industry can only go green by becoming unfashionable

The fashion industry can only go green by becoming unfashionable

Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney at the report’s launchDarren Gerrish/Getty By Michael Le Page Green is the new black, if efforts to acknowledge the environmental harm caused by the fashion industry are to be believed.  A report released yesterday by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation highlighted the damage done by our efforts to look absolutely fabulous, […]

Novice pilots improve visual responses to emergency simulation by watching experts' eye movements

Novice pilots improve visual responses to emergency simulation by watching experts' eye movements

Top Story Novice military pilots can improve their visual responses to a simulated emergency procedure by observing the eye movements of expert pilots, according to new research. Previous research has shown that eye movements in response to visual stimuli can serve as a biomarker for brain states such as fatigue or high mental concentration. To […]

When physics gives evolution a leg up by breaking 1

When physics gives evolution a leg up by breaking 1

Top Story In a new study, physicists and evolutionary biologists have shown how physical stress might have significantly advanced the evolutionary path from single-cell to multicellular organisms. In experiments with clusters of yeast cells called snowflake yeast, forces in the clusters’ physical structures pushed the snowflakes to evolve. Like the first ancestors of multicellular organisms, […]

What to expect if Indonesia’s volcano erupts in a big way

What to expect if Indonesia’s volcano erupts in a big way

Donal Husni/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock By Michael Le Page and Press Association The Mount Agung volcano in Bali began erupting on 24 November, and it is feared an even larger eruption could occur. Explosions in Mount Agung are hurling clouds of white and dark grey ash up to 3000 metres into the atmosphere, and lava is welling […]

Dan McKenzie: The man who made Earth move

Dan McKenzie: The man who made Earth move

“The impact was immediate and profound. Geology was completely transformed” The Royal Society/Anne Purkiss By Anil Ananthaswamy IT WAS 1967, and a profound shift in our understanding of the planet was taking place. In San Francisco, hippies gathered to celebrate counterculture and jolt our social consciousness. Meanwhile, in the far south of California, a young […]

Corn genetics research exposes mechanism behind traits becoming silent

Corn genetics research exposes mechanism behind traits becoming silent

Top Story For more than a century, plant geneticists have been studying maize as a model system to understand the rules governing the inheritance of traits. Now, a team of researchers has unveiled a previously unknown mechanism that triggers gene silencing in corn. Gene silencing turns off genetic traits, an important consideration for plant breeders […]

Russia confirms ‘extremely high’ radiation levels in toxic cloud

Russia confirms ‘extremely high’ radiation levels in toxic cloud

France’s Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) produced this graphic to show where the radiation could have come fromIRSN By New Scientist staff and Press Association Russian authorities have confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains. The Russian Meteorological Service said it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 […]

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