Tires (Magda Ehlers from Pexels)

MIT chemists make tough plastics recyclable

WNM | Oct 12, 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.

The global nitrous oxide budget for 2007–2016 (Modified from Tian et al. 2020)

Global food production poses an increasing climate threat

WNM | Oct 8, 2020 at 7:26 AM

The growing use of nitrogen fertilizers in the production of food worldwide is increasing concentrations of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere. The emissions are putting reaching climate goals in jeopardy.

Shark (Andrea Bohl from Pixabay)

Sharks almost gone from many reefs

WNM | Sep 30, 2020 at 8:40 AM

A massive global study of the world’s reefs has found sharks are ‘functionally extinct’ on nearly one in five of the reefs surveyed.

Covid-19 cases can be traced to weak spots in patients’ immune systems

WNM | Sep 28, 2020 at 10:14 AM

Two new analyses suggest that some life-threatening cases can be traced to weak spots in patients’ immune systems. A subset of patients has mutations in key immunity genes; other patients have auto-antibodies that target the same components of the immune system.

1.5 billion people will depend on water from mountains

WNM | Sep 25, 2020 at 7:17 AM

Global water consumption has increased almost fourfold in the past 100 years. In 30 years, almost a quarter of the world’s lowland population will strongly depend on runoff from the mountains.