Plants Appear to Be Self-Medicating by Producing Their Own Aspirin When Stressed

Plants Appear to Be Self-Medicating by Producing Their Own Aspirin When Stressed

You might find yourself reaching for a painkiller when a headache strikes, and it seems plants do something similar: when under stress from hazards around them, plants are capable of producing their own aspirin. A new study takes a closer look at this particular self-defense mechanism in plants, and how the production of the active … Read more

Scientists Have Found a Way to Save Energy And Boil Water More Efficiently

Scientists Have Found a Way to Save Energy And Boil Water More Efficiently

Water gets boiled a lot – whether it’s a cup of tea brewing in a kitchen or a power plant generating electricity. Any improvements in the efficiency of this process will have a huge impact on the overall amount of energy used for it every day. One such improvement could come with a newly developed … Read more

A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth’s Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth's Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

Our living planet is unique among all we’ve been able to explore in the Universe so far. From our axial tilt preventing too many temperature extremes, to our goldilocks zone position, life on Earth depends on many finely balanced, interwoven cycles that come together to produce the exact circumstances we need to thrive. One of … Read more

Women Often ‘Feel The Cold’ More Than Men. This Could Be Why

Women Often 'Feel The Cold' More Than Men.  This Could Be Why

We all have different preferences for when it’s the right time to bring out the winter blankets. And the thermostat’s setting often forms the basis of office arguments between women and men regarding the “correct” temperature for it to be set. Between the sexes, there are always more similarities than differences. But research does consistently … Read more

Women Often ‘Feel The Cold’ More Than Men. This Could Be Why

Women Often 'Feel The Cold' More Than Men.  This Could Be Why

We all have different preferences for when it’s the right time to bring out the winter blankets. And the thermostat’s setting often forms the basis of office arguments between women and men regarding the “correct” temperature for it to be set. Between the sexes, there are always more similarities than differences. But research does consistently … Read more

New Kind of ‘Solar’ Cell Shows We Can Generate Electricity Even at Night

New Kind of 'Solar' Cell Shows We Can Generate Electricity Even at Night

Conventional solar technology soaks up rays of incoming sunlight to bump out a voltage. Strange as it seems, some materials are capable of running in reverse, producing power as they radiate heat back into the cold night sky. A team of engineers in Australia has now demonstrated the theory in action, using the kind of … Read more