Vomiting bumblebees show that sweeter is not necessarily better

22 January 2020

Animal pollinators support the production of three-quarters of the world’s food crops, and many flowers produce nectar to reward the pollinators. A new study using bumblebees has found that the sweetest nectar is not necessarily the best: too much sugar slows down the bees. The results will inform breeding efforts to make crops more attractive to pollinators, boosting yields to feed our growing global population.

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Shallow river bed in Buderim Forest Park, Queensland, Australia. Credit: Laura Bentley

Local water availability is permanently reduced after planting forests

20 January 2020

River flow is reduced in areas where forests have been planted and does not recover over time, a new study has shown.?Rivers in some regions can completely disappear within a decade. This highlights the need to consider the impact on regional water availability, as well as the wider climate benefit, of tree-planting plans.

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Women in STEM: Agnieszka S?owik

16 January 2020

Agnieszka S?owik is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, where she is a member of the artificial intelligence research group. Here, she tells us about neural networks and how they communicate with each other, the importance of supportive supervisors, and how to be a supportive team member.

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The 'P' word

16 January 2020

How do we shift our 'take, make, throw-away' plastic world towards 'recycle, recover, re-use'? It's time for blue-sky thinking plus practical measures in the battle to reduce plastic waste.?

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