Are Plants Conscious?

We tend to think of plants as passive organisms, the backdrop for looking at more interesting animals roaming around in the foreground. But the world of plants is by no means docile, it is simply working on a separate time scale and in a different medium, and we’re only just…

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New material design stores energy like an eagle

Auxetics are materials that store energy internally rather than bulging out. In this way they can store more energy when squeezed or struck and disperse it more regularly. Historically, however, these materials have had sharp corners that could break easily with enough pressure. Now researchers at Queen Mary University of…

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Brainless Worms Find Food With Calculus Using Just Two Neurons

The model organism Caenorhabditis elegans doesn’t have anything we would view as a brain. In fact, the nematode roundworm has just 302 neurons with which to process information, so efficiency is essential. Using just two of these, C. elegans has evolved a method of tracking the smell of food to…

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A Mini Fusion Reactor Just Reached Temperatures Hotter Than The Sun

A private company in the UK says it has successfully tested its prototype nuclear fusion reactor at temperatures that are hotter than the Sun – and hopes to start supplying energy in 2030. Called Tokamak Energy, the company is based in Oxfordshire, UK. Their nuclear fusion device is known as…

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Costa Rica Is Planning To Abolish All Fossil Fuels

Costa Rica’s green credentials already put the Central American nation near the top of the list when it comes to battling climate change, but if their newly elected President is to be believed, then it’s going to climb higher still. In his inaugural speech, which he turned up to riding…

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