Flowering plants weakened by the decline of pollinators

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) on a flower in Vaud, Switzerland. OLIVIER BORN / BIOSPHOTO The survival of pollinating animals also depends on that of tens of thousands of species of flowering plants. Without these bees, butterflies, bumblebees, birds or bats which work to transport the pollen, essential for fertilization and the formation of seeds, the … Read more

To avoid poisonous caterpillars, birds also trust plants

Blooddrop butterfly. CALLUM MCLELLAN Zoology. The blooddrop butterfly is an attraction. Adult, it sports on the outside of each of its black wings a bright red exclamation mark to which are added, on the back, two spots of the same carmine color. Attention danger ! Its potential predators are thus warned: even hungry, it is … Read more

Lebanon deprived of electricity due to lack of fuel to power plants

Electric cables in the city of Tire, in southern Lebanon. AZIZ TAHER / REUTERS Lebanon no longer has electricity from its power plants due to fuel shortages which have led it to close its two main production sites, a Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday (October 9th), adding that he was “Unlikely that he can … Read more

Lebanon deprived of electricity due to lack of fuel to power plants

Electric cables in the city of Tire, in southern Lebanon. AZIZ TAHER / REUTERS Lebanon no longer has electricity from its power plants due to fuel shortages which have led it to close its two main production sites, a Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday (October 9th), adding that he was “Unlikely that he can … Read more

South Africa authorizes construction of floating power plants

Electricity pylons near Cape Town, South Africa, in 2018. SUMAYA HISHAM / REUTERS South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) on Tuesday (September 21) approved production licenses for three controversial floating power plants, amid recurring power shortages in the most industrialized country on the African continent . Turkish company Karpowership, one of the world’s leading operators … Read more

China pledges to stop funding overseas coal-fired power plants

Screen capture of the video of Chinese President Xi Jinping shown in New York on September 21, 2021, during the United Nations General Assembly. BEBETO MATTHEWS / AP XI Jinping made an important announcement during his video address to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21. After recalling that China is committed … Read more

Humans Growing Plants on Mars Impossible Due to Cosmic Radiation Exposure Rather Than Martian Soil

“The Martian” book written by Andy Weir depicts an astronaut left behind on Mars after an accident. Astronaut Mark Watney planted potatoes on Mars to feed himself as it might take years before the next human Mars mission. However, scientists said that planting on the Red Planet is impossible due to harsher radiation exposure than … Read more

Growing plants at home is a trend in post-pandemic Brazil

Since the beginning of social isolation, inhabitants of large cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have joined new hobbies and a new routine. While some opted for home renovations, painting and many other hobbies, others chose to set up vegetable gardens and gardens in their homes. Before the pandemic, the routine of … Read more

UF’s space plants lab scientists take another step toward sustainable space travel

While new freshmen settled into their second weekend in Gainesville and upperclassmen slept in after long nights of blazing through bars, three tubes with plants cultivated by researchers at UF hurdled through the sky and into the solar system. On Sunday, Anna-Lisa Paul and Robert Ferl’s research reached new heights when Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight … Read more

Taking care of plants at home: new hobby and well-being | News from Campo Grande and MS

Indoor plants have become a way for people to take care of their mental health iStock During the quarantine, the house became a place of work, studies, physical exercise and little social interaction. Because of this, people started not to travel and to seek new hobbies for their routine. Inside the apartments and houses, buying … Read more