Participants in the PES program receiving their payments for conserving trees. Credit: Photo courtesy of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust A new Northwestern University study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global

Working principle of a molecular pulley binder. Credit: KAIST Silicon anodes are receiving a great deal of attention from the battery community. They can deliver 3~5-times higher capacities compared with those using current graphite anodes in lithium ion batteries. A higher capacity means longer battery use per charge, which is particularly critical in extending the

This is an infographic on plastic pollution. Credit: Janet A Beckley Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances. Led

Bats (stock image). Credit: © ArtThailand / Fotolia Like many predators, the fringe-lipped bat primarily uses its hearing to find its prey, but with human-generated noise on the rise, scientists are examining how bats and other animals might adapt to find their next meal. According to a new study, when noise masks the mating calls

A study of how MIT students used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin shows that delaying access for tech-savvy early adopters can stifle the spread of new products. Credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT Giving early adopters the first access to new technologies can help diffuse those technologies among the masses. A notable example is Google’s rollout of Gmail: In 2004,

This image shows (from left) Noah Roy, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Zakharenko’s lab, and first author Jay Blundon, Ph.D., an associate scientist in Dr. Zakharenko’s lab. Credit: Seth Dixon / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Learning language or music is usually a breeze for children, but as even young adults know, that

The weight of an ant tower is supported by a wider cross-section at its base, which allows the ants to better distribute their weight. Credit: Georgia Tech If you want to see the Eiffel Tower, you don’t have to go to Paris. Just look down at your feet — but watch your step. Fire ants

Dan-Anders Jirenhed and Anders Rasmussen. Credit: Image courtesy of Lund University Almost everything we do — walking, talking, or drinking coffee — is completely dependent on accurate timing when activating many muscles at once. The prevailing theory has been that the exact timing of this type of movement is not voluntarily controlled, and the timing

Reconstruction of Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi. Credit: Beat Scheffold, Paleontological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich Grisons, 241 million years ago — Instead of amidst high mountains, a small reptile suns itself on an island beach in a warm shallow sea, where many fish and marine reptiles frolic. This is the story told by an excellently preserved

Ocean-bottom seismometers aboard the R/V Welcoma were deployed in the first year of the Cascadia Initiative. Credit: Dave O’Gorman Several hundred miles off the Pacific Northwest coast, a small tectonic plate called the Juan de Fuca is slowly sliding under the North American continent. This subduction has created a collision zone with the potential to

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