Trillions of Trees: Yale study finds three trillion trees on Earth

Trillions of Trees: Yale study finds three trillion trees on Earth

In 2006, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) started the billion trees campaign with the goal of planting — you guessed it — one billion trees around the world. Plant for the Planet, which inherited the campaign, wanted to know

How is Dust Affecting the California drought?

How is Dust Affecting the California drought?

The future of the drought crisis in California may depend on an unlikely factor — dust.

Q&A: How Does Caffeine Affect Your Internal Clock?

Q&A: How Does Caffeine Affect Your Internal Clock?

A double espresso shot delays the human circadian clock by an average of 40 minutes. How does
the most widely used psychoactive drug — caffeine — affect our internal timekeeping?

Highly Aromatic with a Smooth, Microbial Finish: Yeast S. cerevisiae dictates the nuances of wine

Highly Aromatic with a Smooth, Microbial Finish: Yeast S. cerevisiae dictates the nuances of wine

There’s a new reason to say ‘cheers’ to the microbe. For the first time, scientists have experimentally determined that the yeast S. cerevisiae has a significant influence on regional variations in wine flavor and smell.

Collective Intelligence: How Insect Swarms Respond to External Stimuli

Collective Intelligence: How Insect Swarms Respond to External Stimuli

A team of Yale researchers has demonstrated how a seemingly random insect mating swarm responds to external stimulus through intelligent group fluctuations.

You Have a Microbial Cloud!

You Have a Microbial Cloud!

Forget your ID — there’s a better way to show who you are

Science or Science Fiction? Making Virtual Reality a Reality

Science or Science Fiction? Making Virtual Reality a Reality

How do you define reality? For Neo in The Matrix, this is a hard question. Born into a virtual reality system so realistic that robots use it to ensnare human society, Neo struggles to come to terms that his world

Biodegradable and Bulletproof: Modeling cellulose nanocrystals for success in the real world

Biodegradable and Bulletproof: Modeling cellulose nanocrystals for success in the real world

A new model that predicts the properties of nanocellulose composites could lead to improved nanotechnology for all.

Portobello Power: Mushrooms make for environmentally friendly batteries

Portobello Power: Mushrooms make for environmentally friendly batteries

A new type of battery is inexpensive and environmentally friendly, with improved lifetime and performance. The secret to these advantages lies in its anode derived from the skin of a portobello mushroom.

Podcast Review: “The Infinite Monkey Cage” Delights All Audiences

Podcast Review: “The Infinite Monkey Cage” Delights All Audiences

“When is a strawberry dead?” This quirky question is one of many that have sparked debates on BBC Radio 4’s science-meets-entertainment podcast, “The Infinite Monkey Cage.” It is indicative of the show’s character — nonsensical musings intertwined with a surprising