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Scientists warn of sustainability crisis as relentless and excessive mining of sand is impacting environment and threatening lives

Researchers focused on the Mekong River – a 1km wide sand-bedded river in Southeast Asia.

15 Jan 2020 Nature Sustainability

Dismal math results can’t be ignored

Effective mathematics education was a cornerstone of the nation’s economic future.

17 Dec 2019

Chemists glimpse the fleeting ‘transition state’ of a reaction

New technique for observing reaction products offers insights into the chemical mechanisms that formed them.

16 Dec 2019 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Oil catching sponge

The work constitutes a new framework for developing surface-engineered sponges that address the variable pH-responsive wetting behavior of crude oil.

16 Dec 2019 Nature Sustainability

New way to make biomedical devices from silk yields better products with tunable qualities

Using methods common to plastics manufacturing, properties of silk-based devices can be tuned for strength, flexibility, molecular function and biodegradability.

16 Dec 2019 Nature Materials

Scientists find brain mechanism which could underpin confirmation bias

Changing people’s minds is made especially difficult because of how the brain responds to disagreement.

16 Dec 2019 Nature Neuroscience

Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter

This breakthrough in analytical techniques will enable the development and application of minuscule materials in the fields of electronics, biomedicine, chemistry, and more.

13 Dec 2019 Science Advances

Fundamental discoveries for future nanotools: Chemists distinguish multiple weak forces

When two molecules surrounded by water move towards each other, part of their initial attraction is sometimes due to the chemical force to repel water - the hydrophobic effect.

12 Dec 2019 Communications Chemistry

New material design tops carbon-capture from wet flue gases

One way to ameliorate the polluting impact of flue gases is to take the CO2 out of them and store it in geological formations or recycle it.

11 Dec 2019 Nature

Integrated scenarios to support analysis of the food–energy–water nexus

In a new set of scenarios and visualisations, these relationships are explored in more detail for no-policy cases and for the implementation of various response options, such as dietary changes and stringent climate policy.

11 Dec 2019 Nature Sustainability

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