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Year: 2017

20 Dec 2017

Action needed now to save forest area the size of India

An area of forest the size of India will be lost by 2050 unless carbon pricing and anti-deforestation policies are put in place. That is the primary finding of a new study carried out by researchers from the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published today in Environmental Research Letters....

19 Dec 2017

Multifunctional Materials

Multifunctional Materials is a new multidisciplinary journal devoted to publishing original research of the highest quality and impact covering all aspects of multifunctional materials.

19 Dec 2017

Quantum Science and Technology

A multidisciplinary, high impact journal devoted to publishing research of the highest quality and significance covering the science and application of all quantum-enabled technologies.

13 Dec 2017

More ambitious climate targets could save coastal ecosystems

The difference between the Paris climate agreement’s two alternative temperature targets – 1.5°C (2.7°F) and 2.0°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels – may be the difference between life and death for some coastal ecosystems threatened by sea-level rise. That is a key finding of new research from Tufts University, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the Potsdam Institute...

30 Nov 2017

Superconducting qubit 3d integration prospects bolstered by new research

Researchers from Google and the University of California Santa Barbara have taken an important step towards the goal of building a large-scale quantum computer. Writing in the journal Quantum Science and Technology, they present a new process for creating superconducting interconnects, which are compatible with existing superconducting qubit technology. The race to develop the first...

15 Nov 2017

Model sheds new light on pathogen cooperation

New approaches are needed to control the spread of epidemic diseases, according to the developers of a new model of the way pathogens can ‘cooperate’. Their study examined the ways two pathogens work together, finding that cooperativity between contagion processes is likely to make the spread of contagious infections more severe. Writing in the New...

07 Nov 2017

Study: Air pollution battle is crucial to China’s public health

China’s measures to improve air quality are working, but more stringent policies should be put in place to safeguard public health, a new study has shown. Air pollution in China, especially in mega-metropolitan areas, is a matter of concern due to its impact on public health. The study, from Tsinghua University, Beijing, used satellite-derived aerosol...

30 Oct 2017

Research Notes of the AAS are back and better than ever

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) and its publications partner the Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing announce the return of Research Notes of the AAS (RNAAS) – short communications for the rapid publication and distribution of new and exciting results. Last published in print in the 1970s, RNAAS have been brought up to date for digital...

18 Oct 2017

A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen, thanks to plasma technology

Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found. It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly ideal conditions for creating oxygen from CO2 through a process known as decomposition. Published today in the journal Plasma Sources Science and...

18 Oct 2017

Cutting food waste helps improve your ‘foodprint’

Around a third of the resources used to produce the US’s food are wasted through food loss and waste (FLW), a new study has revealed. The research from the University of Texas at Austin and Sustainable America, published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, examined the environmental impacts of the average American’s diet and...