01 July, 2019

Bionic catalysts to produce clean energy

A biohybrid material that combines reduced graphene oxide with bacterial cells offers an eco-friendly option to help store renewable energy.

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28 June, 2019

Insects inspire greener, cheaper membranes for desalination

Insect-inspired design principles lead to first-ever water-repellent membranes made from water-wet materials.

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19 June, 2019

Directed evolution comes to plants

Accelerating plant evolution with CRISPR paves the way for breeders to engineer new crop varieties.

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16 June, 2019

Turning up the heat on pathogenic bacteria

Protein found in gut-dwelling pathogens changes shape under human body temperatures, leading to toxins responsible for diarrheal disease.

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11 June, 2019

Casting a net for a sustainable water network

Global water challenges addressed through improvements to desalination techniques and limits to waste.

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19 May, 2019

Growth and death in bacterial communities

Predation, not resource availability, limits the abundance of coastal Red Sea bacteria.

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16 May, 2019

Global study links newly named syndrome with other disorders

Mutations in a repetitive protein motif are responsible for a rare cognitive disorder.

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13 May, 2019

Mangrove forests trap floating litter

Marine plastic pollution accumulates in mangrove forests and is a danger to sea life.

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07 May, 2019

Colorful solution to a chemical industry bottleneck

A graphene-oxide membrane design inspired by nature swiftly separates solvent molecules.

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01 May, 2019

A leap forward in estimating crop water use

High-resolution imaging data collected by small satellites could transform how we monitor freshwater use in agriculture.

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15 April, 2019

Bacterial mix helps predict future change

Understanding how bacterial metacommunities homogenize could help scientists predict future changes to ecosystems.

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08 April, 2019

Global study shows exotic species are a complex threat

Researchers disentangle the effects of introduced species on the marine environment.

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07 April, 2019

Solar-powered cup brews better brine treatments

Unique membrane design prevents salt crusts from being produced during the distillation of brine water.

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24 March, 2019

A fail-safe mechanism for DNA repair

Single-molecule fluorescent measurements provide fresh insights into a process for keeping errors out of our genomes.

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17 March, 2019

A drone on crop resources

Aerial imaging of plant heights could help farmers manage field crops more effectively to increase yields and preserve resources.

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13 March, 2019

Speargrass recruit sandy microbes for help

In the harsh sand of the Namib Desert, the sheaths of speargrass roots co-opt any growth-promoting bacteria they can find.

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11 March, 2019

The fiddlers influencing mangrove ecosystems

The types of bacteria living in and around fiddler crab burrows vary widely between mangroves, but their functional activities are remarkably similar.

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10 March, 2019

Cleaning up with cellulose

Environmentally friendly method for making membranes adds greener options for processing industrial waste.

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10 March, 2019

KAUST Associate Professor Peiying Hong wins environmental science award

Peiying Hong, KAUST associate professor of environmental science and engineering, recently won the 2019 James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award.

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05 March, 2019

Stressing the genetics in salt-tolerant crops

Unravelling the genes behind salt tolerance in crop plants is made easier using the latest sequencing and phenotyping technologies.

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