Climate and energy scientists have developed a new method to pinpoint which electrical service areas will be most vulnerable as populations grow and temperatures rise.
Newly discovered fossil evidence from Namibia strengthens the proposition that the world's first mass extinction was caused by 'ecosystem engineers' -- newly evolved biological organisms that altered the environment so radically it drove older species to extinction.
A new U of T Scarborough study has identified 'superstar' varieties of rice that can reduce fertilizer loss and cut down on environmental pollution in the process.
The algae C. reinhardtii uses a novel system for releasing an interrupting sequence from a protein -- a technique that may be useful for protein purification.
In a study published in Scientific Reports, scientists discovered impressive abundance and diversity among the creatures living on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone -- an area in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining. The study found that more than half of the species they collected were new to science, reiterating how little is known about life on the seafloor in this region.
A new acoustic buoy recently deployed by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and WCS's (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium to listen for some of the world's biggest animals in the New York Bight has detected its first whale species, and it's a really big one.
Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the effect of growing conditions on the nutritional value of soybean meal. 'The digestibility of phosphorus is the same in soybean meal grown in various regions in the United States,' says Hans Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois.
The growth and flowering of two types of Lachenalia were manipulated by varying planting times and flurprimidol treatments. Results showed that foliar application of flurprimidol was ineffective in controlling inflorescence stem height and inflorescence length; only soaking bulbs in flurprimidol shortened the inflorescence stem height. The later the date of planting of the bulbs, the more quickly the plants began to flower; the shortest plants resulted from planting bulbs on the latest date.
A study compared the effectiveness of combining mulching with remediation for reseeding lawns damaged by diesel and hydraulic fluid spills. Reseeding perennial ryegrass and mulching with peat pellets after remediation with either humic amendment or activated charcoal resulted in acceptable turf quality six weeks after fluid spills. The method was determined effective and recommended for use with other cool-season turfgrasses.
Male cuttlefish do not bluff. When their body language shows they are agitated, they are. This was one of the findings from a study on the giant Australian cuttlefish in Springer's journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, led by Alexandra Schnell of Macquarie University in Australia.