Can snails save coffee from fungus? It’s a risky idea

Coffee rust is a huge problem, but an invasive snail seems to eat its spores off leaves. Scientists say it's a potential strategy, but isn't without risks.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured science-and-technology agriculture coffee ecosystems food invasive-species latin-america mollusks puerto-rico

Quinoa’s flowering genes could make it easier to grow

Quinoa's history has led to varieties that need specific growing conditions. Research on the plant's flowering genes could make things easier for farmers.

Nerissa Hannink-Melbourne | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture food genomes plants

A dash of silicon improves boron carbide body armor

New research marks "a step forward in designing superior body armor that will safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat."

Texas A&M University | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science military safety silicon weapons

Did volcanoes kill the dinosaurs? This team says nope

Volcanoes had nothing to do with K-Pg, the mass extinction event in which dinosaurs perished, researchers say. That was all an asteroid's doing.

Jim Shelton-Yale | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology asteroids dinosaurs extinction volcanoes

To make better espresso, use less coffee

A new approach could help you make tastier espresso. The key? Using less coffee and the right grind, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology coffee food sustainability taste

Shark attacks were ‘unusually low’ in 2019

Shark attacks in 2019 were unusually low for the second year running, but the elusive foot-long cookiecutter shark scored a personal best with three.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology beaches oceans recreation sharks

Melting rock models shed light on earthquake origins

A new model can explain phenomena taking place miles beneath the Earth’s surface under incredible pressures and temperatures that lead to earthquakes.

Ken Kingery-Duke | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology earthquakes phase-changes pressure rock

QLED tech aims light one way to up TV energy efficiency

New tech could cut down on the light scattered inside current quantum dot light emitting diode (QLED) screens, making them way more energy efficient.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics led light quantum-dots

Nature inspires shock absorbing materials

Check out this video to see how researchers are making materials that may be useful in earthquake-resistant buildings, safety helmets, and more.

National Science Foundation | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry materials-science

Grades could give old electric car batteries a ‘second life’

Researchers have figured out how to give electric car batteries that have reached the end of their life new potential, which is better for the environment.

Alice Scott-Warwick | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology batteries electric-vehicles

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