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Scientists have used a new solar telescope to capture the world’s most detailed pictures of the sun’s surface—and the achievement is being hailed as a historic milestone for “ushering in a new era of solar astronomy”.
These newly-released first images from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the sun’s surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope.
Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton recently teamed up with Manatee County Animal Services to help spread the word about adoptable dogs.
One of the dogs pictured on a beer can, Day Day, is going to her forever home, but she wasn’t adopted.
Minnesota homeowners can benefit financially if they start letting their grass go to the bees.
The state has set aside $900,000 over one year to assist homeowners by covering much of the cost of converting traditional lawns by planting wildflowers, clover and native grasses in an effort to slow the collapse of the state’s bee population.
A tax on carbon dioxide emissions in Great Britain, introduced in 2013, has led to the proportion of electricity generated from coal falling from 40% to 3% over six years, according to research led by University College London (UCL).
British electricity generated from coal fell from 13.1 TWh (terawatt hours) in 2013 to 0.97 TWh in September 2019, and was replaced by other less emission-heavy forms of generation such as gas. The decline in coal generation accelerated substantially after the tax was increased in 2015.
With the help of a local Native American tribe, 21 desert bighorn sheep became part of an important reintroduction program to create a population of Nevada’s state animal in lands they’ve been absent from for almost 100 years.
The bumblebee is a discerning nectar shopper. When choosing which flowers to gather the sticky substance from, it might consider a plant’s distance, the shape of the petals and how sugar-rich the nectar is.
But according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, there’s another variable the bees may be considering on a nectar run: How fast can they barf it back up?
As fires continue to rage across Australia, destroying ecosystems and killing millions of animals, it’s hard to imagine any good emerging from such devastation. But it’s long been known that some small plants can benefit from a fire, because they grow back faster than grasses and trees, giving them an advantage in the battle for resources.
A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives another explanation for that success, at least for one prairie plant that has been in decline: reproductive advantage.
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