World faces (Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

World population likely to shrink after mid-century

WNM | Sep 2, 2020 at 5:06 PM

With widespread, sustained declines in fertility, the world population will likely peak in 2064 at around 9.7 billion, and then decline to about 8.8 billion by 2100 — about 2 billion lower than some previous estimates, according to a study.

Tires (Magda Ehlers from Pexels)

MIT chemists make tough plastics recyclable

WNM | Sep 1, 2020 at 6:51 AM

Chemists have developed a way to modify thermoset plastics with a chemical linker that makes it much easier to recycle them, but still allows them to retain their mechanical strength.

Fuel cells for hydrogen vehicles are becoming longer lasting

WNM | Aug 26, 2020 at 10:41 AM

A research team has developed an electrocatalyst for hydrogen fuel cells which does not require a carbon carrier and is therefore much more stable. The new process can be used to further optimize fuel cell powered vehicles without CO2 emissions.

Orangutan (Chris F from Pexels)

Apes may be vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection – analysis

WNM | Aug 24, 2020 at 9:19 AM

Genomic analysis reveals that many animal species are potentially susceptible to infection by the coronavirus. They include a number of endangered and threatened species, notably apes and old world primates.

Greenland ice sheet shows record losses in 2019

WNM | Aug 21, 2020 at 11:36 AM

After two years characterised by low loss of mass in 2017 and 2018, the ice sheet is now heading toward increasing mass losses. The five years with the greatest losses all occurred in the last decade.