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Thyme essential oil in corn starch particles combats Aedes aegypti larvae

A system created in Brazil using cheap, biodegradable materials permits controlled release of larvicide and can be used in small amounts of water. Credit: Ana Silvia Prata Corn starch, an abundant, cheap and biodegradable raw material, is the basis for a novel larvicide developed by researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo […]

500 years on, how Magellan’s voyage changed the world

This is what Magellan’s carrack looked like Ferdinand Magellan set off from Spain 500 years ago on an epoch-making voyage to sail all the way around the globe for the first time. The Portuguese explorer was killed by islanders in the Philippines two years into the adventure, leaving Spaniard Juan Sebastian Elcano to complete the […]

Pseudoscience is taking over social media – and putting us all at risk

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Search for “climate change” on YouTube and before long you’ll likely find a video that denies it exists. In fact, when it comes to shaping the online conversation around climate change, a new study suggests that deniers and conspiracy theorists might hold an edge over those believing in science. Researchers found […]

how George Sand and Fryderyk Chopin put Mallorca on the romance map

Eugène Delacroix More than four million Britons watched Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea being crowned the victors of Love Island 2019. Gill, a beauty therapist and model from Newcastle in the north of England, and O’Shea, a rugby player from Limerick in Ireland, proved the most popular pairing among the 24 reality TV show contestants […]

Why are we dumping fertilizer on wildfires?

Credit: The American Chemical Society When wildfires break out on hot, windy days, they pose a serious threat to people and the environment. This week on Reactions, learn how firefighters are using fertilizer to keep dangerous blazes at bay Portuguese firefighters bring forest blazes under control Provided by American Chemical Society Citation: Video: Why are […]

Bayer says now targeted in 18,400 glyphosate cases in US

The number of court cases against Monsanto/Bayer over glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup, has jumped by 37 percent in the past few months German pharmaceutical giant Bayer said Tuesday it is now targeted in some 18,400 US legal cases over glyphosate, a key herbicide ingredient that plaintiffs say caused grave illnesses like […]

Predatory journals could damage the legitimacy of scientific publishing

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Predatory journals pose a danger that could undermine the quality, integrity, and reliability of published scientific research, a new joint statement from three leading organizations, professional in medical writing and publication planning, has warned. The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), and International Society for Medical Publication […]

How big a threat is an electromagnetic attack?

In this Monday, July 22, 2019, file photo, people walk on a street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela. When much of Venezuela was plunged into darkness after a massive blackout earlier in the week, Maduro blamed the power outage on an “electromagnetic attack” carried out by the United States. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File) When […]