Environment & Biology

Scientists developed an ingenious solution for the world's clean water crisis

Scientists developed an ingenious solution for the world's clean water crisis

Access to clean and safe drinking water is becoming more and more of an issue for millions of people around the globe. Scientists from the University of South Australia devised an affordable technology to solve this issue.

Soil biodiversity in danger: why it is crucial to protect what lies beneath our feet

Soil biodiversity in danger: why it is crucial to protect what lies beneath our feet

When we think about protecting our environment, we often think of what lives above the land; we think of the trees, the wildlife on our moorlands, and removing plastic from our oceans. But we need to start looking further down, to what truly lies beneath our feet and beyond what our eyes can see; we need to look to what inhabits our soils.

Counterintuitively global temperatures increased due to worldwide lockdowns

Counterintuitively global temperatures increased due to worldwide lockdowns

Contrary to what you might think, it turns out that global temperatures briefly increased as a result of worldwide lockdowns. Here's why:

Study into toxic plants could lead to new treatments for human diseases

Study into toxic plants could lead to new treatments for human diseases

Many plants use toxins as a defense against being eaten. But why do these toxins not harm the plants themselves? Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Münster have investigated the mechanisms involved in defensive toxins in plants, and their findings may lead to new treatments for human diseases.