Why this woman hates to hear about 'big bad wolf'

The leashed beasts may look like large powerful dogs, but they still have the wild heart of a wolf.

By Dhruti Shah | Oct. 16, 2019 | bbcnews
~8 mins   

Tags: nature united-states wolves dogs walking colorado women

Study finds gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in food preparation

Scientists have recently discovered that different diets — say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based — can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism to immunity to behavior.

Clea Simon | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine clea-simon cooking fas gut-microbiome human-evolutionary-biology katia-chadaideh-corinne-f-maurice kylynda-bauer nature-microbiology peter-turnbaugh rachel-carmody vayu-maini-rekdal

'Alarming' extinction threat to Europe's trees

Half of tree species found only on the European continent face extinction, including the conker tree.

By Helen Briggs | Sept. 27, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: environment nature biodiversity

A new paper examines how neuron-like implants could treat brain disorders

A new paper explores why neuron-like implants could offer a better way to treat brain disorders, control prosthetics, or even enhance cognitive abilities.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Sept. 20, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology alzheimers-disease brain charles-lieber chemistry deep-brain-stimulation learning memory mind nanotechnology nature-biotechnology neurological-disease neuroscience neurosurgery parkinsons-disease psychiatric-disorders

Big Butterfly Count: Fine weather boosts species in UK

Survey finds many common species of butterfly enjoyed a good summer this year.

BBC Science News | Sept. 13, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: nature butterflies insects

Farmers 'misunderstand' Wales rewilding project

Plans to restore ecosystems in the countryside will support landowners, its director says.

BBC Science News | Sept. 12, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: nature llanidloes agriculture local-government

Tiffany Francis-Baker: How forests shaped our literary heritage and inspired a nation

One-hundred years after the Forestry Commission was set up, a writer reflects on the creative power of trees.

By Helen Briggs | Aug. 31, 2019 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: nature

Seal sculpture made from Essex beach plastic rubbish

The plastic waste collected from one beach is "the tip of the iceberg", the artist says.

BBC Science News | Aug. 25, 2019 | bbcnews
~2 mins   

Tags: environment nature seals recycling walton-on-the-naze

Rivers used as 'open sewers', says WWF charity

The WWF said it was "very unlikely" that pollution reduction targets would be met without new laws.

By Daniel Wainwright & Paul Bradshaw | Aug. 22, 2019
~9 mins |

Tags:  environment  rivers  anglian-water  water-pollution  river-thames  severn-trent  northumbrian-water  environment-agency  world-wildlife-fund-for-nature-wwf  water

Harvard astronomer shows exoplanet has no atmosphere

Led by Laura Kreidberg, a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a new study shows that LHS 3844b, a terrestrial exoplanet orbiting a small sun 48.6 light-years away, has no detectable atmosphere

Juan Siliezar | Aug. 20, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology california-institute-of-technology harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics laura-kreidberg m-dwarfs massachusetts-institute-of-technology nasas-transiting-exoplanet-satellite-survey-tess nature planet-lhs-3844b stanford-university university-of-maryland university-of-texas-at-austin vanderbilt-university

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