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Optimal information about the invisible

Laser beams can be used to precisely measure an object’s position or velocity. Normally, however, a clear, unobstructed view of this object is required—and this prerequisite is not always satisfied. In biomedicine, for example, structures are examined, which are embedded

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Terbium (III)-doped fluorescent glass for biomedical research

Optical investigations and manipulations often form the core of biological experiments. In a new report now published in Science Advances, Kazuki Okamato and a team of scientists in pharmaceutical sciences, neuroscience, medicine, physics and artificial intelligence at the University of

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Will Airborne Wind Power Finally Fly in 2021?

An energy technology that even Google parent company and tech behemoth Alphabet couldn’t get to work might finally achieve commercial takeoff this year.  The German company SkySails Power last month announced that its energy kite concept would be taking to

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The time to solve the electric car’s battery problem is now

In September, Tesla announced that it would be phasing out the use of cobalt in its batteries, in an effort to produce a $25,000 electric vehicle within three years. If successful, this bold move will be an industry game changer,

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Scottish Government embarks on ‘green ports’ journey

The Scottish Government has unveiled proposals for a new model of ‘green ports’ that will operate with net zero goals and fair work practices. According to the Scottish Government’s green ports scheme, operators and businesses must commit to supporting sustainable

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How to scale the carbon offset market

The Taskforce on scaling voluntary carbon markets will next week publish its final recommendations. Annabelle Palmer spoke with market participants to hear their thoughts on the proposals outlined so far

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New tool for assessing the benefits, risks and sustainability of the consumption of fish

Researchers from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili’s (Tarragona/Spain) research group TecnATox have optimized the website FishChoice, which helps to consume fish and seafood in a sustainable fashion and not just maximize benefits and minimize risks. The tool has been developed

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A Step Backward: Civil and Political Rights in Georgia in 2020

Photo: Mariam Nikuradze/OC Media As 2020 ended, the Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI) issued a report with a review of the year regarding the human rights situation in Georgia. According to the NGO’s report, the state’s level of respect for civil

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Sustainable coastal protection through a combination of salt marshes and dykes

According to University of Twente Ph.D. candidate Pim Willemsen, natural salt marshes can help to improve the strength and sustainability of traditional coastal defenses. These ecosystems will expand as sea levels rise and dampen both small and large waves, thus

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Biden Could Reverse Rule against ESG Retirement Funds

The Biden administration could help reverse decisions under Trump’s U.S. Department of Labor that make it harder for fiduciaries of retirement plans to steer money toward environmental, social, and governance (ESG) funds.

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Exclusive Interview: Mayor of America’s 10th Largest City on Benefits & Challenges of Electrification

I’ve been following San Jose’s Mayor, Sam Liccardo, for some time. In 2019, I heard from environmentalists in California about how he was instrumental in getting all-electric building legislation through the city council of the nation’s 10th largest city. I’ve

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Late rainy season reliably predicts drought in regions prone to food insecurity

The onset date of the yearly rainy season reliably predicts if seasonal drought will occur in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa that are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, and could help to mitigate its effects. Shraddhanand Shukla and colleagues at the

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An anode-free zinc battery that could someday store renewable energy

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, could help decrease the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. But first, power companies need a safe, cost-effective way to store the energy for later use. Massive lithium-ion batteries can do the

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Climate-related species extinction possibly mitigated by newly discovered effect

Changes in climate that occur over short periods of time influence biodiversity. For a realistic assessment of these effects, it is necessary to also consider previous temperature trends going far back into Earth’s history. Researchers from the University of Bayreuth

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Brazilian dam collapse could have been predicted with right monitoring technology, study finds

One of Brazil’s worst environmental disasters—a dam collapse that also killed more than 200 people—could have been foreseen with the latest satellite radar imaging technique, according to a new study by the University of Nottingham and Durham University.

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Could lab-grown plant tissue ease the environmental toll of logging and agriculture?

It takes a lot to make a wooden table. Grow a tree, cut it down, transport it, mill it … you get the point. It’s a decades-long process. Luis Fernando Velásquez-García suggests a simpler solution: “If you want a table,

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How can recycling in the cement and concrete sector contribute to climate change mitigation?

Each year, over 4 billion tons of cement is produced, accounting for 8% of global emissions. It is the second-largest industrial emitter of CO2 after iron and steel. 90% of those emissions are due to the production of clinker. 60%

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Protected areas vulnerable to growing emphasis on food security

Protected areas are critical to mitigating extinction of species; however, they may also be in conflict with efforts to feed the growing human population. A new study shows that 6% of all global terrestrial protected areas are already made up

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The electric revolution needs sustainable battery materials

The electric revolution needs sustainable battery materials Katie Fehrenbacher Wed, 01/20/2021 – 00:15 To electrify many of the world’s vehicles in the coming years, the EV industry will need to procure a massive amount of lithium-ion batteries. And that will

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Trump administration tries to sell off Arctic wildlife refuge in its final days

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge likely has billions of gallons of oil under it and for decades has been one of the most high-profile environmental battles. Despite opposition from conservationists and Indigenous peoples, a judge allowed the Trump administration to proceed

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Researchers review seafloor macrolitter

The Messina Strait, a submarine bridge separating the island of Sicily from the Italian Peninsula, is the area with the largest marine litter density worldwide—more than a million objects per square kilometer in some parts–as reported in a new review

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