Bitcoin’s wild speculation and surging popularity has caused scientists and economic analysts to rate the digital cryptocurrency as a danger to the environment. More than 60% of Bitcoin’s mining cost is in the electricity it uses. And as its value rises, so does the entire currency’s energy consumption and its potential impact on climate change.
Stop. Listen. Do you hear anything? Perhaps the sound of quiet conversation or laughter, the distant thrum of traffic, the buzz of fluorescent lighting, or the whirring of a fan in your air-conditioning unit. These are all sounds that are influenced or determined by architectural design and building acoustics.
Wood is one of mankind’s most precious resources, but deforestation from logging and agricultural clearance has caused real harm to the environment.
Forests and other natural spaces have proven benefits for our health and mental wellbeing, but getting to the great outdoors isn’t always easy.
One of the obvious impacts from tackling the coronavirus epidemic is the mountain of plastic waste created by discarded personal protective equipment (PPE).
How can we predict another pandemic? Researchers are utilizing what we have learned from COVID-19 to get in front of the potential pandemics of the future.
This black-footed ferret is not only cute, she is beyond special. Meet Elizabeth Ann, the first endangered animal to be cloned in North America.
Freezing temperatures in the south and warming temperatures in the north? Something isn’t adding up.
Social robots have often been promoted as a way to give the sick and the elderly the support they lack. Now a Hong Kong robotics company wants to create an army of caring robots to provide comfort, solace, and healthcare to people isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.
An Irish vetrinary surgeon has called for closer cooperation between animal and human medics to develop more effective prosthetic technologies to benefit amputees.
Precious metals like silver, gold, and platinum are all used in medicine to aid treatments as diverse as wound healing and cancer therapies.
Solar power is due for massive expansion over the next 20 years. Its confirmation by the International Energy Agency as the cheapest, fastest growing renewable energy source will see it leapfrog coal and gas-fired power in most countries.
Plastic recycling and pollution are two keystone problems facing society. Despite the popular belief that plastic wrapping or containers can be converted into useful products indefinitely, many can only be recycled once or not at all.
Some food impulses are hard to resist. The smell of bacon or hot buttered popcorn, the sight of cream cakes or burgers--these can lead to an impulse buy within seconds. Delicious food in any form can trigger a response that bypasses rational thought and wrecks our best intentions.
The development of a vaccine for COVID-19 has been a global all hands on deck initiative since the Coronavirus pandemic took hold of the world in early 2020. Recently two pharmaceutical giants-Pfizer and Moderna- have announced successful ongoing trials. Updated: November 18, 2020