Overall Winner: “Sick” by David Costantini. Viruses are a significant ecological concern because they are responsible for a variety of pathological effects in wildlife. This picture shows a chick of Magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) with clear signs of a viral disease that gives low chances of recovery. Credit: David Costantini […]

There is a credible pathway to significantly reduce ocean plastic flow into the ocean, but only if all solutions are implemented. Credit: (c) The Pew Charitable Trusts/SYSTEMIQ ENLARGE Research lays out viable pathway to “break the plastic wave.” A new analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ finds that […]

A laser-etched, energy absorbing, water wicking metal surface, continually angled directly at the sun, provides a cheap, efficient way to purify water from sunlight. The technology was developed by the lab of Chunei Guo at the University of Rochester. Credit: H.M. Cao/University of Rochester By etching metal with ultrashort laser […]

Credit: © Spanish Council for Scientific Research While developing biodegradable food packaging from upcycled cheese whey and almond shells, the EU-funded project YPACK has discovered that integrating zinc oxide and oregano essential oil helps biopapers protect against bacterial contamination in food packaging. This promises to increase the shelf life of […]

Researchers “counted” Japanese jack mackerel (Trachurus japonicus) in Maizuru Bay, Japan, through quantitative measurements of environmental DNA concentration. Credit: Reiji Masuda, Kyoto University River water, lake water, and seawater contain DNA belonging to organisms such as animals and plants. Ecologists have begun to actively analyze such DNA molecules, called environmental DNA, to […]

Animation In a study published recently in Ecology and Evolution, an international team of researchers focused on what can happen to ocean ecosystems when fishing pressure increases or decreases, and how this differs between tropical to temperate marine ecosystems. The team, led by Elizabeth Madin, researcher at the Hawai’i Institute of […]

Beavers Gnawing Away at the Permafrost The large rodents are massively changing landscapes in the Arctic, which could have serious consequences for the frozen soils and our future climate. Alaska’s beavers are profiting from climate change, and spreading rapidly. In just a few years’ time, they have not only expanded […]

KIST research team used plant-originated tannic acid to develop a flame-retardant carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Credit: Korea Institute of Science and Technology Non-toxic, flame-retardant composite material based on bio-epoxy made from plant-source tannic acid. 99% eco-friendly recycling within tens of minutes merely by dissolving in water. A flame-retardant carbon-fiber-reinforced composite material […]

A colony of Leptoseris hawaiiensis at 315 feet in the Au’au Channel Hawaii. Credit: Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, University of Hawaii New research published in the journal Coral Reefs revealed unexpectedly high growth rates for deep water photosynthetic corals. The study, led by Samuel Kahng, affiliate graduate faculty in the University of Hawai’i at […]