Liquid Sunshine

The ancient, arid landscapes of Australia are fertile ground for new growth, says Douglas MacFarlane, a chemist at Monash University in suburban Melbourne: vast forests of windmills and solar panels. More sunlight per square meter strikes the country than just about any other, and powerful winds buffet its south and west coasts. All told, Australia boasts a renewable energy potential of 25,000 gigawatts, one of … Continue reading Liquid Sunshine

Were cats domesticated more than once?

Were cats domesticated more than once? Nitesh | 2015/01/02 The rise of cats may have been inevitable. That’s one intriguing interpretation of a new study, which finds that early Chinese farmers may have domesticated wild felines known as leopard cats more than 5000 years ago. If true, this would indicate that cats were domesticated more than once—in China, and 5000 years earlier in the Middle … Continue reading Were cats domesticated more than once?

Climate change could raise food insecurity risk, study

Climate change could raise food insecurity risk, study Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortages in many countries, new research suggests. April 2, 2018 Climate change could raise food insecurity risk Environmental change is relied upon to prompt more extremes of both overwhelming precipitation and dry season, with various impacts in various parts of the world. Such climate extremes can … Continue reading Climate change could raise food insecurity risk, study