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Rise in methane emissions may hamper efforts to slow climate change

Rise in methane emissions may hamper efforts to slow climate change

A recent research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters highlights that global concentrations of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas and cause of climate change, are now growing faster in the atmosphere than at any other time in the past two decades.

The researchers reported that methane concentrations in the air began to surge around 2007 and grew precipitously in 2014 and 2015. In that two-year period, concentrations shot up by 10 or more parts per billion annually.

Wind farms limit carbon emission: Study

Wind farms limit carbon emission: Study

A recent study published in Energy Policy journal shows wind farms have made a significant impact in limiting carbon emissions from other sources of power generation in Great Britain.

Power from wind farms prevented the creation of almost 36 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from sources such as coal and gas, in a six-year period - the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road, analysis of nationwide output shows.

Scientists present novel aspects of magnetic reconnection

Scientists present novel aspects of magnetic reconnection

In a recent magnetic reconnection research, scientists have shed light on explosive phenomena in astrophysics and fusion experiments.

Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the study will help in better understanding the challenging process that occurs throughout the universe.

The study enables the scientists to unravel magnetic reconnection, a process that triggers explosive phenomena.

Researchers aim at developing better battery by peering into atom-sized tunnels

Researchers aim at developing better battery by peering into atom-sized tunnels

In a recent research, scientists have used a special electron microscope with atomic-level resolution to show that certain large ions can hold the tunnels open so that the charge-carrying ions can enter and exit the electrode easily and quickly.

Earlier battery researchers seeking improved electrode materials have focused on "tunneled" structures that made it easier for charge-carrying ions to move in and out of the electrode.

The findings are published in Nature Communications.

Scientists develop new algorithm to explain human face recognition

Scientists develop new algorithm to explain human face recognition

In a recent research published in Computational Biology, scientists have developed a new computational model of the human brain's face-recognition mechanism that seems to capture aspects of human neurology that previous models have missed.

The researchers designed a machine-learning system that implemented their model and they trained it to recognize particular faces by feeding it a battery of sample images.

2015-16 UK floods: Most extreme hydrological events of last century

2015-16 UK floods: Most extreme hydrological events of last century

A recent scientific review of the winter floods of 2015/2016 in UK confirms that the event was one of the most extreme and severe hydrological events of the last century.

The new hydrological appraisal - 'The Winter Floods of 2015/2016 in the UK', funded by Natural Environment Research Council, brought together both river flow and meteorological data in an analysis of the events that led to extensive river flooding in northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales over a three month period.

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Scientists find shape matters when light meets atom

Scientists find shape matters when light meets atom

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 4 : In a recent study published in the Natures Communications journal, researchers have shown that a photon's shape also affects how it is absorbed by a single atom.

Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what you're looking at.

Some photons reflect off, reaching your eyes, others get absorbed. The main decider of which happens is the photon's energy - its colour.

Can humans regenerate body parts like acorn worms?

Can humans regenerate body parts like acorn worms?

Is it possible for humans to regrow an amputated arm or leg, or completely restore nervous system function after a spinal cord injury?

It might be possible one day, as a new study of one of our closest invertebrate relatives, the acorn worm, reveals that acorn worms can regrow every major body part, raising hopes for regeneration in humans.

Acorn worms burrow in the sand around coral reefs, but their ancestral relationship to chordates means they have a genetic makeup and body plan surprisingly similar to ours.

Humanoid robot reveals learning process in toddlers

Humanoid robot reveals learning process in toddlers

A new research has found that toddlers learn new words using the same method as robots.

The study suggests that early learning is based not on conscious thought but on an automatic ability to associate objects which enables babies to quickly make sense of their environment.

Dr Katie Twomey from Lancaster University, with Dr Jessica Horst from Sussex University, Dr Anthony Morse and Professor Angelo Cangelosi from Plymouth wanted to find out how young children learn new words for the first time.

Rosie O’Donnell says she has no ill will toward Barron Trump

Rosie O’Donnell says she has no ill will toward Barron Trump

After getting severely slammed for suggesting that Donald Trump’s youngest son might be autistic, famed comedian Rosie O’Donnell defended her action, claiming that she did all that just because she thought that if it were true that the president-elect’s son suffered from the condition, it would help fight back the autism epidemic.

The 54-year-old comedian had posted a video on Twitter, suggesting that Trump’s youngest son Barron might be autistic. She wrote Barron’s condition would be an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the autism epidemic.

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