University of Idaho researchers find correlation between pesticides and cancer

A correlation between agricultural pesticides and cancer in western states has been found by University of Idaho and Northern Arizona University researchers. Two studies were conducted, one that examined correlating data in 11 Western states and one that took a closer look at the data Idaho specifically. The studies found a possible relationship between agricultural … Read more

Lasers help WA scientists find potential landslide hazards

That’s where LiDAR comes in. Laser light filters through the gaps between the branches and leaves of thick vegetation, producing precise images of the ground below. In Washington, it has revealed thousands of past slides, which Mickelson’s team then maps to identify hazard areas. With subsequent visits, LiDAR scans can even show small movements over … Read more

Geologists find rare “cave cloud” in south China’s Guangxi-Xinhua

Photo taken on July 2, 2022 shows the “cave cloud”, a special kind of natural mineral deposit within a cave, in Xiniuyan Cave in Wuxuan County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The cave cloud, found in the Xiniuyan Cave, in Wuxuan County, in the city of Laibin, covers an area of ​​300 square meters … Read more

Ancient microbes may help us find extraterrestrial life forms

Credit: Sohail Wasif / UCR. Using light-capturing proteins in living microbes, scientists have reconstructed what life was like for some of Earth’s earliest organisms. These efforts could help us recognize signs of life on other planets, whose atmospheres may more closely resemble our pre-oxygen planet. The earliest living things, including bacteria and single-celled organisms called … Read more

Nigeria’s latest lithium find: some key questions answered

Environmental impact assessments have to be made before any mining can start, says an expert High-grade lithium has been discovered in Nigeria. In 2019 the total production volume of lithium, not high grade, in Nigeria reached 50 metric tonnes This is small compared to Zimbabwe which produced 1,200 metric tonnes the same year. The Conversation … Read more

Scientists find a way to grow plants in complete darkness

Scientists have created a method of artificial photosynthesis to grow plants without sunshine in an advance that could lead to new ways to grow food on Earth – and possibly one day on Mars. Over millions of years of evolution, photosynthesis has developed in plants as a way to turn water, carbon dioxide and the … Read more

Research Suggests There’s a Big Overlooked Benefit of Having Dyslexia

The modern world is stitched together by threads of written language. For those with the reading disorder dyslexia, the endless tangle of words can feel like an obstacle to survival. Long framed purely as a learning disorder, the neurological condition that makes the decoding of text so difficult could also benefit individuals and their community … Read more

Nigeria’s latest lithium find: some key questions answered

High-grade lithium has been discovered in Nigeria. In 2019 the total production volume of lithium, not high grade, in Nigeria reached 50 metric tons This is small compared to Zimbabwe which produced 1,200 metric tons the same year. The Conversation Africa’s Wale Fatade asked geologist Ibrahim Garba for his insights. What is lithium and why … Read more

Cold-Blooded Animals May Hold the Key to Long Life. A Huge Study Just Tried to Find It

A new published and incredibly thorough study of ectothermic tetrapods – reptiles and amphibians – gives experts a fresh insight into the reasons why cold-blooded animals tend to have such long lifespans in relation to their size. It’s the most comprehensive study of longevity and aging ever published: 114 different scientists looking at 107 different … Read more