Some birds leave no one behind — they share their food with those less fortunate

Helping others is a key feature of human behavior but it’s not necessarily something exclusive to humans, according to a new study. Researchers found birds care about the fate of conspecific birds, noticing how much food others have and sharing theirs with individuals that are going hungry. Food-sharing observed among humans in daily-life events such […]

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Ants quickly adapt to danger, build sand structures to access food and avoid drowning

Researchers have observed black imported fire ants using sand to draw liquid food out of containers. Credit: Dr. Aiming Zhou and Dr. Jian Chen. Black imported fire ants (Solenopsis richteri), or simply BIFA, have a water-repelling cuticle that allows them to float on the water’s surface. So, typically these ants face minimal risks of drowning when […]

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Biodegradable, Carbon-Negative Straws and Cutlery Could Help Stop Plastic Pollution

Newlight Technologies, a California biotech company, has set its sights on curbing greenhouse gas emissions and marine plastic pollution simultaneously. The startup uses ocean bacteria to create a new material that is made of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and that can replace many single-use plastics and leathers. Newlight has been exploring ways to make use of greenhouse […]

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What’s the most sustainable toothbrush? Study finds a surprising answer

You probably don’t think much about your toothbrush, but the one you choose actually makes a big difference to the environment. A group of researchers carried out the first lifecycle assessment of toothbrushes to measure their environmental footprint, with electric ones not doing too well. Healthcare is a major emitter of environmental pollutants that adversely […]

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These surfers use sensors in their board fins to monitor ocean warming

By Harry Kretchmer Who better to study the sea than a surfer? That’s the big idea behind Smartfin, a U.S.-based non-profit that’s giving data-collecting “smart” surfboard fins to surfers. The fins collect a range of data, including temperature and location. The fins are needed because scientists need more data about the warming of our ocean. Since […]

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