'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

Green in cities gives mental health a boost

Contact with nature can boost well-being and help address mental illness. A new tool could help city planners integrate these benefits into cities.

Michelle Ma-Washington | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine cities emotions mental-health nature

Harvard researchers create DNA ‘propellers’

Understanding how DNA and proteins interact — or fail to — could help answer fundamental biological questions about human health and disease.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | July 19, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology biomechanics biotechnology cell-biology chemistry dna micromachines microscopy molecular-biology nanotechnology nature optics xiaowei-zhuang

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