Picos de Europa National Park has given its name to a new species of perennial brome-grass from Spain. Having worked on the systematics of the genus Bromus for a long time, the scientists were surprised to record previously unrecognised specimens from the well-studied "Fuente la Escalera" area in the National Park. Identified as a new species and recorded from a total of eleven locations, the plant is now described in the open access journal PhytoKeys.
Up to about 19% more carbon dioxide than previously believed is removed naturally and stored underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes, keeping the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere, according to a study in the journal Nature.
Negative pressure governs not only the Universe or the quantum vacuum. This phenomenon, although of a different nature, appears also in liquid crystals confined in nanopores. At the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, a method has been presented that for the first time makes it possible to estimate the amount of negative pressure in spatially limited liquid crystal systems.
The arctic archipelago of Svalbard is already experiencing dramatic effects from climate change. A new study shows how these changes can force wild reindeer to graze on seaweed, a strategy that increases their likelihood of survival -- and is recorded in their poop.
Researchers from the University of Kent's School of Biosciences have provided evidence that a newly discovered Ebolavirus may not be as deadly as other species to humans.
Researchers used brain scans to reveal the biases people feel towards people who are like them, even if they can't see that they are like them.
The EU's policy on GMO is extremely strict and prevents new GMO crops from being authorized. The policy is based on arguments about the risk and unnaturalness of GMO plants -- but these arguments cannot justify the restrictive regulation, three researchers conclude in a new study in the journal Transgenic Research. They also conclude that the use of GMO plants is consistent with the principles of organic farming.
Researchers at UCL have shown for the first time that mammals detect different intensities of cold using distinct sensory neuron systems, a finding which could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cold pain.
A new study looking at the implications of increased shipping activity and the impact on Antarctic marine biodiversity is published this week in the journal Global Change Biology. The research is an important step in the quest to understand whether invasive species, introduced by shipping, will find the Antarctic marine environment more hospitable as Antarctica's climate changes.
A team of Japanese researchers has demonstrated preserving frozen animal cells without a cryoprotectant agent (CPA). To keep cells alive, all the conventional freezing methods needed to add a CPA, which can be potentially toxic and associated with cell damage. Their method only relies on ultrarapid cooling. A safe freezing without CPA would not only revolutionize how important research and medical material is stored, but greatly advance any and all research methods within those fields.