Category: Academic Research

How did elephants evolve such a large brain? Climate change is part of the answer

Elephants have long captivated our attention, partly because of their sheer size and majesty. But we’re also struck by their complex behaviour. In some ways, we’re fascinated because this behaviour echoes our most humane feelings. For instance, elephants have repeatedly been observed using tools and grieving their dead.

Women harvesting tea by hand in plantations in Nandi Hills, in the Western Kenya highlands. Adopting more sustainable farming practices in India, such as by reducing irrigation, might actually adversely affect levels of rainfall in East Africa. By Jen Watson/Shutterstock

Increasing danger of ‘unexpected implications’ as climate risks converge

If India’s water-short farmers were to adopt more efficient methods of irrigation, cutting evaporation from their fields, farmers in East Africa might see less rainfall – and worsening drought – within five years, scientists have warned.

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World’s first research hub to create living buildings launches

Experts from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities are to develop new technologies to revolutionise how buildings are constructed and how they operate. The new hub will include The OME, an experimental biological house, which will be built on Newcastle University’s campus. A living lab, the OME will be used as an experimental facility to test and showcase the hub’s ground-breaking research.

Chimney stack: a resin developed by a team at Swansea University could help improve carbon capture materials. Credit Veeterzy.

Could a simple glue be the solution to carbon capture at power stations?

Is glue the answer to climate change? Researchers at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University have proven that it could certainly help. They have developed a new material capable of capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) with the key ingredient being a common epoxy resin you probably have at home.