Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.
Article Source: New Scientist
Human waste could help tackle a global shortage of fertilizer
Tests on cabbage plants suggest fertilizers derived from human urine and feces are safe and could help bring down food prices.
Critically endangered tiny gecko comes back from the brink
The population of Union Island geckos plummeted due to growing demand from the illegal international pet trade, but conservationists working with locals in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have helped boost its numbers
Low traffic neighborhood schemes cut air pollution on nearby roads
Schemes that aim to reduce traffic through certain streets have been accused of increasing air pollution on roads at their borders, but a study in London has found that the opposite is true.
Phantom notes played by violins turn out to be a real sound
For hundreds of years it's been known that a mysterious third note can be heard when playing two notes together on a violin – now we know why.
High school student is first to sequence the angelfish genome
17-year-old Indeever Madireddy sequenced the genome of his pet angelfish after it died – the first time this species has been sequenced.
Hair follicles grown in the lab in a step towards hair loss treatment
By modifying the embryonic skin cells of mice, researchers created hair follicles that grew up to 3 millimeters long over one month.
Bioengineered plants help produce moth pheromones for pest control
Pheromones are often used by farmers for controlling pest insects but the chemical process for producing them is expensive. A method for making them using bioengineered oil plants could be cheaper.
The power of quiet: The mental and physical health benefits of silence
In an increasingly noisy world, neuroscientists are discovering exactly what kind of silence has the most dramatic impact on your mental health – from flotation tanks to guided meditation – and how much you really need.
Disposable paper battery is activated by a drop of tap water
Small and cheap batteries could enable a host of electronic devices such as parcel trackers, environmental monitors and sensors used in healthcare.
Temporary graphene tattoos could continuously monitor blood pressure
A temporary graphene tattoo that monitors blood pressure has been awarded the highest possible accuracy grading for such a monitoring device.
Robot can fly, swim or hitch a ride by sticking to other objects
An amphibious drone that can attach itself to other objects with a suction cup could be used to track marine animals such as whales.