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Sustainability – News and Features

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Immune Cell Inflammation Responsible for Severe Symptoms in Rare Neurodegenerative Disease

Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have found that inflammation in an immune cell may be responsible in part for some severe symptoms in a group of rare genetic conditions called lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs).
A salmon jumps out of the water as it heads upstream.

Fish Hatcheries Can Boost Wild Salmon Numbers But Reduce Diversity

The ability of salmon hatcheries to increase wild salmon abundance may come at the cost of reduced diversity among wild salmon.
Leaves on a coca plant.

Scientists Still Don't Know How To Differentiate Cocaine Species

Scientists struggle to tell apart wild coca plants from those grown for (sometimes illegal) human uses.
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Promising Material for Solar Energy Gets a Curious Boost From Entropy

The recent development of a new class of organic semiconductors known as non-fullerene acceptors has enhanced solar energy and a new study has shown how.
Pink cells.

Long-Lived Proteins Are Essential to Egg Cell Maintenance

Long-lived proteins in egg cells appear to help maintain fertility for as long as possible.
Crops under sunshine.

Archaeologists Find Earliest Evidence of Crop Farming in East Africa

A trove of ancient plant remains excavated in Kenya helps explain the history of plant farming in equatorial eastern Africa.
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Faster Charge Transfer Mechanism Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Researchers have detailed the study of a new charge transfer mechanism that is much faster than and doubles the total charge transfer efficiency of the traditional mechanism.
A pile of light bulbs.

New Separation Process Can Mine Rare Metals From Electronic Waste

In a new study, a research team has presented a simple method for efficiently separating and recovering the rare earth metal europium from complex mixtures including other rare earth metals.
A yak grazes on grassland in Qinghai, China.

Local Communities Are Indispensable to Ecosystem Restoration, Say Researchers

The grassland of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in western China is degrading due to climate change and intense livestock grazing. Research has demonstrated that local community members are indispensable in enhancing community engagement to repair damaged ecosystems.
A green tractor halfway through ploughing a field.

Permaculture Agriculture Boosts Biodiversity

New research shows that permaculture brings about a significant improvement in biodiversity, soil quality and carbon storage.