Science & Technology

Alien Carnivorous Frog Invasion Wreaks Havoc on Natural Habitat

Credit: Christine Taylor Indiscriminate feeding by an alien population of the carnivorous spotted-thighed frog – could severely affect the native biodiversity of southern Australia according to a new study by the University of South Australia. The invasive amphibian – Litoria cyclorhyncha – which has hitchhiked across the Nullarbor from Western …

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Impact Crater Left a Steaming Cauldron Following the Dinosaurs’ Demise

A Three-dimensional cross-section of the hydrothermal system in the Chicxulub impact crater and its seafloor vents. The system has the potential for harboring microbial life. Credit: Illustration by Victor O. Leshyk for the Lunar and Planetary Institute. A new study reveals the Chicxulub impact crater may have harbored a vast …

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Mangroves – Valuable Coastal Ecosystems – Won’t Survive Sea-Level Rise by 2050 if Emissions Aren’t Cut

Mangroves in Tampa, Florida. Credit: Kerrylee Rogers/University of Wollongong Mangrove trees – valuable coastal ecosystems found in Florida and other warm climates – won’t survive sea-level rise by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, according to a Rutgers co-authored study in the journal Science. Mangrove forests store large amounts …

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New Genetic Identification of COVID-19 Susceptibility Will Aid Treatment

The clinical presentation of Covid-19 varies from patient to patient and understanding individual genetic susceptibility to the disease is therefore vital to prognosis, prevention, and the development of new treatments. For the first time, Italian scientists have been able to identify the genetic and molecular basis of this susceptibility to …

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Eclipse data illuminate mysteries of Sun’s corona

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have been hard at work studying the solar corona, the outermost atmosphere of the sun that expands into interplanetary space. The properties of the solar corona are a consequence of the Sun’s complex magnetic field, which is produced in the …

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Discovery Unlocks ‘Hot’ Electrons for More Efficient Solar Panels

Researchers developed a technique that uses a scanning tunneling microscope integrated with lasers and other optical components to trap appropriate molecules and measure the energy distribution of hot electrons in a thin gold film. Credit: Illustration by Enrique Sahagún Highly energetic, “hot” electrons have the potential to help solar panels …

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