Researchers have developed a new rechargeable battery that they say will be lighter, smaller, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly than today’s lithium-ion batteries. The new battery uses low-cost and plentiful aluminum instead of lithium metal for its electrode material.
An experimental NASA technology that saturates plants with light could trick them into growing faster--and vitally, producing more food.
If nations meet their current emissions reduction targets, the resulting warming will sharply curtail the environment suitable for roughly half the world’s species of insects, a new analysis shows.
Within a few years of their escape in the early 1990s from farms off the coast of Germany, Pacific oysters established feral populations along the North Sea’s eastern shores. The oysters were invasive, spreading without restriction, and smothered native mussels, which are an important bottom-of-the-food-chain food source for the region’s seabirds. Ecological catastrophe appeared imminent. Yet that’s not what happened.
Nearly a century after the introduction of cane toads to Australia, many of the continent's animals have started to adapt, and there’s reason to hope that the cane toad invasion will end with coexistence rather than ecological apocalypse.
Olive oil may not seem like a typical perpetrator of industrial-scale pollution, but its production leaves a surprising amount of waste in...
A group of researchers have made a discovery that could, in the future, enable plants to fix nitrogen from the air—reducing the need for highly polluting fertilizer.
On the southeastern coast of the United States, the new canary in the coal mine may be dolphins. A long-term study of two populations found extraordinarily high levels of disease, which is likely related to high levels of pesticides and other pollutants in their bodies — a sign of ecosystem-wide problems, and also a warning that people in the region may also be at risk.
Swedish researchers devised a system that utilizes over 80 percent of incoming sunlight, enabling both short-term solar energy storage in water and stable storage in chemical bonds for several months.
Despite grid constraints and existing rules that favor coal, wind power could affordably meet over a quarter of China’s electricity demand by 2030.