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When restoring former industrial or agricultural land back to its natural state, it's vitally important to reestablish ground cover plants such as native grasses. According to a new study, the addition of aspirin helps those grasses grow.Continue ReadingCategory: Environment, ScienceTags: bioremediation, Curtin University, Plants, Aspirin
Although the use of conventional pesticides is harmful to the environment, farmers still need a way of keeping crop-damaging organisms at bay. According to a new study, an eco-friendly combination of agricultural and beer brewing waste products may be able to help.Continue ReadingCategory: Environment, ScienceTags: Crops, Agriculture, Parasites, Waste
Although depression is a well-heard-of affliction, its frequent companion anxiety can be at least as serious of a problem. There may be new hope for anxiety disorder sufferers, however, in the form of an existing natural supplement.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Weizmann Institute, Anxiety
Computer simulations have revealed that a hostile, tidally locked exoplanet located roughly 45 light-years from Earth is capable of hosting tectonic activity on a massive scale. Tectonic activity is considered to be one of the key processes that contributes to making a world habitable.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Exoplanet, Astronomy, University of Bern, Earth, New Atlas Audio
When someone has experienced a stroke or brain injury, it's not uncommon for them to lose their ability to swallow properly. A recent study, however, suggests that a new throat-zapping system could help correct the problem faster than traditional treatments.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: University of Nottingham, University of Manchester, Treatment, Neurological, Strokes, Traumat
GANksy has produced 256 original pieces that have been derived from its understanding of shape, form, and texture. The post AI software GANksy was shown street art, and learned to draw like banksy appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Whether it occurs in a car, plane, boat or VR environment, motion sickness is no fun. According to new research, though, it's possible for people to "train their brain" out of the condition, potentially reducing the symptoms by more than half.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: University of Warwick, Self driving cars, Autonomous Vehicles, Brain
The results of a year-long trial led by researchers at UT Southwestern have homed in on how aerobic exercise can improve memory in older subjects with mild cognitive impairment. The findings suggest it is never too late to start exercising as aerobic activity improves blood flow to regions of the brain associated with memory.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Alzheim
Graphene, the highly-useful material consisting of a one-atom-thick sheet of linked carbon atoms, has already been shown to keep steel from rusting. Soon, though, it could also be used to stop bacteria from corroding metal pipes.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: Graphene, Anti-Corrosion, Metals, Bacteria
Microplastic pollution is a growing problem, as tiny fragments of plastic enter the environment from sources like aging tires, personal care products, and synthetic fabrics. A new study now suggests that even activities such as opening plastic bags may be a contributing factor.Continue ReadingCategory: Environment, ScienceTags: Microplastic, University of Newcastle, Pollution


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