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A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

Mimicking termites to generate new materials

Credit: Getty images; Mystery termite nest under the religion building in Chiang Rai province, Thailand

Researchers design new materials that mimic the fundamental rules in nature's growth patterns

Inspired by the way termites build their nests, researchers at Caltech have developed a framework to design new materials that mimics the fundamental rules hidden in nature's growth patterns. The investigators showed that, using these rules, it is possible to create materials designed with specific programmable properties.

The U.S. National Science Foundation-supported study, led by Chiara Daraio, was published in the journal Science. "Termites are only a few millimeters in length, but their nests can stand as high as four meters — the equivalent of a human constructing a house the height of California's Mount Whitney," says Daraio.

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Nature is an Artist

Shapes of melted ice that form in cold, intermediate and warmer temperatures of ambient water; Credit: NYU Applied Mathematics Lab

Scientists discovered that ice formations are shaped by external forces

Mathematicians and physicists at New York University have discovered that ice formations are shaped by external forces, such as water temperature. The research may offer another means for gauging factors that cause ice to melt. The study is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

"The shapes and patterning of ice are sensitive indicators of the environmental conditions at which it melted, allowing us to 'read' the shape to infer factors such as the ambient water temperature," said Leif Ristroph, co-author of a paper published in Physical Review Letters.

"Our work helps us understand how melting induces unusual flow patterns that in turn affect melting, which is one of the many complexities affecting the ice on our planet," added co-author Alexandra Zidovska. Other co-authors are Scott Weady and Josh Tong.

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Amazon rainforest birds' bodies transform due to climate change

Amazon rainforest birds' bodies are transforming due to climate change. Credit: Philip Stouffer/LSU

Changes reach most pristine parts of the Amazon rainforest

The most pristine parts of the Amazon rainforest, those devoid of direct human contact, are being impacted by human-induced climate change, according to U.S. National Science Foundation-supported research by Louisiana State University scientists.

Analyses of data collected over the past four decades show that not only has the number of resident birds throughout the Amazon rainforest declined, but the body size and wing length have changed for most studied species. These physical changes in the birds track increasingly hot and dry conditions in the dry season from June to November.

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Mother nature to the rescue

Credit: Pexels by Tom Fisk

Sustainability is something that we could learn from Nature

If we thought we could build our way out of the climate and biodiversity crisis with more advanced human technology, the Covid-19 pandemic taught us that we are far more vulnerable to the powers of nature than we previously dared to admit and that working with instead of against nature is the only way forward.

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Scientists solve climate change mystery

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Revised temperature record affirms role of greenhouse gases in recent millennia

Scientists have resolved a key climate change mystery, showing that the annual global temperature today is the warmest of the past 10,000 years, according to a Rutgers University-led study published in the journal Nature.

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#TeamTrees or How to Plant 7 Million Trees in a Year


A YouTube challenge, two bloggers (one is an ex NASA engineer), a conservation organization and worldwide people's support... The result? More than 7 million trees been around the globe in a year! And millions more to come!... 

Marc Rober (who worked seven years for NASA, now a world famous YouTuber), together with another YouTube star, Mr.Beast (Jimmy Donaldson), and the Arbor Day Foundation started the one-of-a-kind project #TeamTrees exactly a year ago.  The goal is: 20 million trees planted worldwide by 2020! 365 days later 7.1 millions are already planted!  14 millions planned for 2021! 

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Insights: While Destroying Our Own Home...

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"When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money."

Alanis Obomsawin 

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Scientists Are Trying to Find Out Why Tree Leaves Change Their Color

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The Science Behind the Autumn Tree Palette

Have you ever wondered why the leaves of the trees change their color in autumn? Well, we have. As well as a group of scientists from Chicago area, USA. They are trying to find out what is the actual cause for all those vibrant yellow-orange-red-purplish colors that will warm up our eyes and our hearts in the following weeks. A team from Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, wants to know what stays behind this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Millions of Monarch Butterflies Filmed by a Drone Disguised as a Hummingbird!

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Spy in the Wild

A spy. A drone. A hummingbird.  In other words - a drone, "disguised" like a hummingbird, was used as a spy to watch and film half a billion monarch butterflies. The footage, directed by John Downer, has been released on PBS TV and BCC 1 and has reached almost 3 mln views on YouTube just in a few months.

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Sir David Attenborough Broke a World Record with His Instagram Debut

portrait: John Cairns via wikipedia.org

"Our natural world is so much more than just "nice to have". It's fundamental to our survival."

It took Sir David Attenborough just 4 hours and 44 minutes to gather 1 mln. Instagram followers when he made his "social debut" last week! "The world is in trouble – says the world-known broadcaster. - Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on and on… But we know what to do about it, and that's why I'm tackling this new way of communication".

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