Indonesia is being contaminated by imported plastics

Researchers from the Sweden-based International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) have found that plastic waste shipped from Western countries is contaminating Indonesia's food supply.

Tesla's new Solar Roof costs less than a new roof plus solar panels

Tesla has launched the third iteration of its solar roof tile for residential home use. On balance, the Solar Roof provides more energy generation than a similarly sized roof retrofitted with traditional tiles.

Nanoparticles from air pollution go straight into brain

The discovery of abundant toxic nanoparticles from air pollution in human brains was made in 2016. A comprehensive global review earlier in 2019 concluded that air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body.

TESS is finding hundreds of exoplanets

TESS is likely to find between 10,000 and 15,000 exoplanet candidates by 2025. By 2030, the European Space Agency’s GAIA and PLATO missions are expected to find another 20,000-35,000 planets. 

Something is syncing the movements of galaxies

Scientists have been gathering a growing well of evidence that our universe may be connected via a vast array of large-scale "structures" that seem to reach out across the cosmos to synchronize the movements of galaxies that are separated by vast distances.

'Invisibility cloak' that looks closer to reality

Harry Potter’s ‘invisibility cloak’ appears closer to reality as Canadian camouflage manufacturer Hyperstealth Biotechnology has applied for patents on its ‘Quantum Stealth’ material.

Disappearing Arctic sea ice

This visual representation of the ice age clearly shows how the quantity of older and thicker ice has changed between 1984 and 2016 and how the arctic sea ice is disappearing dramatically.

Ukraine to ban plastic bags from 2022

Plastic bags will be banned in retail and restaurants as of 2022. The ban will apply to bags under 50 microns but not to biodegradable bags. However, the ban will not apply to bags used for packing fresh fish and meat, bulk food and ice.

Italy is making climate change study mandatory in schools

All children in Italy will have to study climate change at school starting from next year, becoming the first country in the world where this will be compulsory. The decision will come into force from the start of the 2020 school year.

New Zealand Vows to Stop Emitting Carbon by 2050

The country will pursue 100% renewable energy by 2035, overhaul public transportation, invest in electric cars, plant 1 trillion trees, and stop permitting oil and gas exploration.

Aviation emissions' impacts on air quality larger than on climate

When you consider the full flight, which includes emissions from takeoff, cruise and landing, aircraft emissions are also responsible for around 16,000 premature deaths a year from impaired air quality. 

New Study Suggests The Universe Is a Closed Sphere

Years of observational data, cosmological models and physics suggest the Universe is flat. However, a recent study suggests that the Universe is actually curved and closed, like an inflating sphere.

Scientists Just Officially Declared a Global Climate Emergency

A massive alliance of more than 11,000 scientists have signed, sealed and delivered an important message to the world: if we don't make rapid, deep and lasting changes to our lives, they write, there will soon come "untold human suffering".

Screen time and brain differences in kids

Children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and other emergent literacy skills. 

Any amount of running can lower risk of early death

Recent study shows that any amount of running is associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running. It is also associated with a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.