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The secret troves of Etymology

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The word Method

One of the most commonly used words in the field of Science is method. Nowadays, we literally can't imagine how we could conduct an experiment or draw a conclusion without following some method. And not only in scholarly discourse but in everyday use, you can often hear someone describing another person or activity as being methodical or as lacking methodology. But what are the origins of this word, and how come it became so popular?


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Single gene boosts climate resilience, yield and carbon capture in crops

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Scientists use a gene from agave to engineer greater stress tolerance in plants.

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), have discovered a single gene that simultaneously boosts plant growth and tolerance for stresses such as drought and salt, all while tackling the root cause of climate change by enabling plants to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Machine learning and earthquake risk prediction

Sinkholes and liquefaction on roads in Christchurch, New Zealand; Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New framework applies big data, supercomputing to soil liquefaction

Homes and offices are only as solid as the ground beneath them. When that solid ground turns to liquid -- as sometimes happens during earthquakes -- it can topple buildings and bridges. The phenomenon is known as liquefaction, and it was a major feature of the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, a magnitude 6.3 quake that killed 185 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

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Cities that connect people and nature are a post-pandemic priority, conference hears

Greener spaces would allow children to be more connected with nature. Image credit – Nerea Marti Sesarino / Unsplas

Greener Cities

Care homes that let people age with integrity, green kindergartens and community centres that bring together people of all ages were some of the visions for how to build a better Europe presented by citizens from Estonia, Bulgaria, and Poland on 24 June at the European Commission's annual flagship research conference.

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Amazing facts

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Do you know that Hawaii moves 7.5cm closer to Alaska every year?

The Earth's crust is split into gigantic pieces called tectonic plates. These plates are in constant motion, propelled by currents in the Earth's upper mantle. The hot, less-dense rock rises before cooling and sinking, giving rise to circular convection currents which act like giant conveyor belts, slowly shifting the tectonic plates above them. Hawaii sits in the middle of the Pacific Plate, which is slowly drifting northwest towards the North American Plate, back to Alaska. The plates' pace is comparable to the speed at which our fingernails grow.


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