Chinese scientists created a type of rice that can grow in saltwater

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For the first time, rice grown in diluted saltwater has yielded a crop sufficient enough to be commercially viable, according to a new study by Chinese scientists. The research team led by agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, also known as China’s “father of hybrid rice,” planted two hundred types of rice in spring in the coastal city of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province and then subsequently tested their resilience to saline-alkali soil and diluted saltwater; four types of rice showed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Scientists locate half of the universe’s missing ordinary matter

Scientists have discovered the location of the universe’s missing matter, the other half of ordinary matter in the universe that could not be previously observed but which scientists knew to exist. Two independent teams of astronomers, one at the Institute of Space Astrophysics (IAS) in Orsay, France and the other from the University of Edinburgh, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists warn CO2 from warming soils could lead to uncontrollable temperature rise

There’s a lot scientists don’t know about how global warming could impact Earth’s natural systems. A 26-year-study of soil in Massachusetts’ Harvard Forest provides new insight. Researchers discovered warming soils are releasing more carbon than once thought, and could reach a tipping point, kicking off an unrelenting increase in warming temperatures.

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70-mile wide group of butterflies shows up on radar, confuses weather scientists

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a flock of migrating butterflies!” After spotting a colored mass flitting over Denver and nearby counties, weather scientists at the National Weather Service supposed the phenomenon was just a group of birds. With the help of social media users, however, they later realized that the group of loosely spaced insects with big wings was butterflies! It turns out, there are so many butterflies migrating across central U.S., they showed up on the radar.

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Scientists warn new “super malaria” in SE Asia poses alarming global threat

If you’re planning a trip to South East Asia, you may want to reconsider your itinerary. An evolved form of malaria which is resistant to anti-malaria medication is spreading at an “alarming global rate,” according to scientists. The parasite was first documented in Cambodia but quickly migrated to other regions. Researchers predict mass casualties should the “super malaria” spread to Africa, where over 90 percent of cases occur.

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Scientists just discovered snow on Mars

Forget everything you know — or think you know — about Mars. In the study Nature Geoscience, scientists confirm that there is, in fact, snow on Mars. It’s not what you might think, however. The red planet experiences explosions of snow known as “ice microbursts” which only occur in the shadows and are very unlike the snowfall on Earth. This finding is challenging previous notions about Mars’ history and the likelihood of future generations colonizing it.

The clouds have… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Undergrad student leads scientists to discover nearly 100 unknown volcanoes – in Antarctica

There’s a new contender for Earth’s biggest volcanic region: Antarctica. Researchers found 91 volcanoes previously unknown to humans, and the volcanoes are massive, ranging in height from around 328 to 12,631 feet. They were tipped off to the cluster of volcanoes thanks to a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh.

Third-year student Max Van Wyk de Vries analyzed radar mapping data of the continent, and proposed a study to the university. Scientists were then able… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists finally know what is causing underwater ‘fairy circles’ and it’s not good

Have you — like many — been dumbfounded by the mysterious, underwater “fairy circles” which have been found in the Mediterranean and Baltic sea? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, scientists finally know what is causing the sea floor phenomena. On a not-so-positive note,  it turns out the “bald patches” devoid of vegetation are actually caused by a foreign species which may put entire ecosystems at risk.

In the paper “Fairy Circle Landscapes Under The Sea,” which… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists invent graphene paint that makes your house super efficient

Graphene – the strongest material known to science – has been used to create everything from condoms to night-vision contact lenses. Thanks to the ingenuity of Spain-based The Graphene Company, paint containing the world’s “thinnest, strongest and most conductive” substance will soon be sold on shelves in the UK. Because Graphenstone is composed of a lime-base with a hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms one atom thick, it is incredibly thin, beneficial for the environment and capable of improving… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists may have found evidence for a parallel universe

A parallel universe may not just be an idea of science fiction anymore; scientists think they may have found evidence for the idea of a universe other than our own. It all has to do with a strange cold spot, which in the past was explained away by the thought it was caused by a supervoid. But new research reveals the supervoid answer doesn’t fit in with our standard model of cosmology, and that something far more bizarre may be going on in the universe: the formerly undetectable parallel univers… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building