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Essential oils from peppermint boosted with a splash of sage, rosemary and thyme

Essential oils from peppermint boosted with a splash of sage, rosemary and thyme

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 10:59:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Spraying peppermint with waste-waters from distilling aromatic herbs boosts their essential oil content, according to Mississippi State University researchers. Rather than just discharging waters left over from the processing of herbs, such as sage, rosemary and thyme, it is hoped they can now be used to give their herbal cousins a helping hand.

Essential oils from peppermint boosted with a splash of sage, rosemary and thyme

Solar flare cycle driven by rivers of plasma

Solar flare cycle driven by rivers of plasma

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 15:34:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

New models of the huge streams of plasma on the surface of the Sun are raising understanding of the complex mechanisms at play. As the solar sunspot cycle picks up speed, and starts sending out new flares towards the Earth, understanding exactly what makes the Sun tick looks to be increasingly important – for the stability communications and power systems, as well as of the climate.

Solar flare cycle driven by rivers of plasma

Florida, the sunshine state just got 10 million years older

Florida, the sunshine state just got 10 million years older

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:21:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Florida, the sunshine stats may not be as youthful as looks suggest. A new analysis of samples collected from water boreholes have pushed back the time, when Florida first emerged from the sea, to 45 million years ago. The study describes a familiar landscape of palm trees and islands, and provides useful information for those looking to keep water flowing for local residents.

Florida, the sunshine state just got 10 million years older

Buildings that repair and heat themselves

Buildings that repair and heat themselves

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:03:06 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new approach to getting organic materials into tiny glass beads opens up a number of new possibilities for intelligent cement – that can heal cracks, and regulate temperatures. This exciting development is described in a thesis presented to the University of the Basque Country, and raises the prospect of buildings lasting longer – and requiring less energy to be heated and cooled.

Buildings that repair and heat themselves

Crop diversification may help protect farmers from climate change

Crop diversification may help protect farmers from climate change

Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:06:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Monocultures might be the most efficient way to grow but they're also great for the nasties that destroy crops a new report finds. Now scientists have come up with a very good reason for farmers to grow a wider diversity and variety of crops to protect themselves from the changes likely to result from climate change.

Crop diversification may help protect farmers from climate change

A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:23:02 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Microbes in brewery waste already saves brewers millions by producing methane and now scientists want to put these miniature workers to work on other useful tasks. Cornell scientists have been working with Anheuser-Busch Inbev, which brews Budweiser, to see if microbes which currently produce methane as they break down brewery waste can be put to other uses.

A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

Using less fertilizer aids corn for fuel

Using less fertilizer aids corn for fuel

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:07:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Producing bioethanol from corn residues offers a potentially new twist on the food versus fuel debate. New research suggests that maximizing cellulose production from such residues requires less fertilizer - which also has environmental benefits. But how will that impact grain yields?

Using less fertilizer aids corn for fuel

Warming world could send plants downhill, not up

Warming world could send plants downhill, not up

Posted Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:21:01 GMT by Laura Goodall

A hotter climate could make some plants move downhill to seek water, suggests new research that challenges the assumption that plants would move uphill to reach cooler elevations. Scientists at the University of Montana, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Idaho are the first to find a widespread downward shift in Californian mountain plants.

Warming world could send plants downhill, not up

Will Facebook Go Green by Earth Day?

Will Facebook Go Green by Earth Day?

Posted Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:29:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Greenpeace is putting pressure on Facebook to become a world leader in clean energy by this year's Earth Day. Earth Day is a global celebration of the Earth's natural environment and is a chance to promote and inspire awareness to taking better care of our precious resources.

Will Facebook Go Green by Earth Day?

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

Posted Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:02:00 GMT by Louise Murray

An epic Montana fossil bed census suggests Tyrannosaurus rex was more of an opportunistic scavenger like a hyena, than an apex predator like a lion. This is the largest study of its kind in the world and the first complete picture of an ancient ecosystem dominated by dinosaurs.

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

'Thunderthighs' - a new species of dinosaur discovered

'Thunderthighs' - a new species of dinosaur discovered

Posted Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:22:00 GMT by Louise Murray

A new species of dinosaur, Brontomerus, literally 'thunderthighs', has been found in a quarry in Utah, USA. Named for it's extremely large thigh muscles, the larger than elephant-sized beast may have used them to kick fight predators or rivals.

'Thunderthighs' - a new species of dinosaur discovered

Biodiesel produced from wastewater microalgae

Biodiesel produced from wastewater microalgae

Posted Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:04:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Scientists have developed a way to extract a new kind of biodiesel from microalgae. They have worked out that once the microalgae have been through the treatment system and purified the wastewater then it can potentially be used to run construction vehicles, buses and farm equipment.

Biodiesel produced from wastewater microalgae

John Michael Greer Looks Forward to Our Ecotechnic Future

John Michael Greer Looks Forward to Our Ecotechnic Future

Posted Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:33:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Book Review of an excellent road map to a possible future way of living. The American Archdruid - yes, he really is a druid - and ecological author John Michael Greer has written a book called The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World, a follow-on to his analysis of the short term predicament our society is in: The Long Descent.

John Michael Greer Looks Forward to Our Ecotechnic Future

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:15:00 GMT by Astrid Madsen

The Wind Explorer, a wind-powered vehicle recently completed journey across Australia. You've heard of solar powered cars, now it's time to welcome wind powered vehicles, which by and large avail of the same basic technology - bar the kites and the turbine!

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Did some dinosaurs survive the mass extinction?

Did some dinosaurs survive the mass extinction?

Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:59:00 GMT by Michael Evans

A new method of dating indicates that a New Mexico dinosaur was alive 700,000 years after the ''mass extinction'' of all the others. Is it possible that the previously accepted date is wrong? Researchers from the University of Alberta have cast shadow of doubt on this timescale after they examined a fossilised hadrosaur bone that was discovered in New Mexico.

Did some dinosaurs survive the mass extinction?

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:31:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The reluctance of US high school science teachers to teach evolutionary biology is causing a major stumbling block in the provision of a sound scientific education. Evolution is one of those things that you either believe in or you don't and recent research indicates that more than half of US public school science teachers are not strong advocates of evolutionary biology.

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

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Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Copulation was invented by ancient fish

Posted Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:20:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

As much oxygen as you need

Posted Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Posted Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:47:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Birds and passion, Ecuador rules in biodiversity

Posted Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Posted Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Posted Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:28:28 GMT by JW Dowey

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 09:22:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Socially contagious! (Are rats more human than we thought?)

Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2011 22:20:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bacterial enzyme one billion years old

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The dolphin remembers

Posted Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:05:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

'Penguin' mini-sub will explore ocean depths

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Tree Frogs and their adhesive addiction!

Posted Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:24:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Much of ancient Martian atmosphere frozen at poles

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Where, how and what do an ant and a pitcher plant exchange?

Posted Wed, 16 May 2012 10:28:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Microblog post saves truckload of dogs in China

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 07:03:01 GMT by Gracie Valena

Technology sees the way to tackle lameness in horses, the Lameness Locator

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:41:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Elephant v. Man

Posted Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:54:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong