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What impact will robots and autonomous systems have on urban ecosystems?
Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), autonomous cars, robots that can repair urban infrastructure and wireless sensor networks used for monitoring, etc. are just some of the devices that will spring up all over our cities in a few years. They have a wide range of potential applications, such as autonomous transport, waste collection, infrastructure maintenance and repair, surveillance and precision agriculture, among others. However, we must also consider the impact these technologies will have on urban biodiversity and its ecosystems in the future. (2021-02-19)

Research brief: Global trends in nature's contributions to people
A U of M-led study examined the risks to human well-being and prosperity stemming from ongoing environmental degradation. (2020-12-07)

A regular dose of nature may improve mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
A study published in Ecological Applications suggests that nature around one's home may help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-11-18)

Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing, finds new study
Watching high quality nature programmes on TV can uplift people's moods, reduce negative emotions, and help alleviate the kind of boredom associated with being isolated indoors. (2020-10-13)

Childhood connection to nature has many benefits but is not universally positive, finds review
A literature review by Dr Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado, finds that children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it, but this connection is complex and can also generate negative emotions linked to issues like climate change. (2020-08-06)

NUS study reveals positive connection between nature experiences and happiness globally
An AI analysis of photographs posted on social media revealed a positive association between nature and happiness globally. (2020-03-09)

Mother nature and child development
A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children's play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children's physical, social and emotional development. (2020-02-14)

Reconnecting with nature key for the health of people and the planet
Researchers at the University of Plymouth, Natural England, the University of Exeter and the University of Derby are the first to investigate -- within a single study -- the contribution of both nature contact and connection to human health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours. (2020-02-13)

Changing experiences of the natural world
Digital innovations have the potential to bring people closer to nature, to help ensure there is the necessary strong public support for conservation measures. (2019-11-22)

Global model reveals a future without nature's crucial contributions to humanity
A new model that captures nature's contributions to human wellbeing and compares them to peoples' future needs shows that, within the next thirty years, as many five billion people could face water and food insecurity -- particularly in Africa and South Asia. (2019-10-10)

Two hours a week is key dose of nature for health and wellbeing
Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study. (2019-06-13)

Stressed? Take a 20-minute nature pill
Taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. That's the finding of a study that has established for the first time the most effective dose of an urban nature experience. Healthcare practitioners can use this discovery to prescribe 'nature-pills' in the knowledge that they have a real measurable effect. (2019-04-04)

Counselors may find that focusing on the human-nature connection may help clients
The concept of 'ecowellness' encompasses a sense of appreciation, respect, and awe of nature that can contribute to holistic wellness. A new study described in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling examines the relationships between ecowellness measures and overall wellness among 749 participants aged 19-84 years. (2019-04-03)

Science confirms you should stop and smell the roses
A UBC researcher says there's truth to the idea that spending time outdoors is a direct line to happiness. In fact, Holli-Anne Passmore says if people simply take time to notice the nature around them, it will increase their general happiness and well-being. (2017-11-03)

Paving the way towards 'designer organelles'
New research paves the way towards 'designer organelles' as scientists create an alternative protein carrying pathway within the cell. (2017-09-06)

The fairer -- The greener
Researchers establish link between unequal income distribution and the economic value of nature. (2017-05-31)

Common bacterium may help control disease-bearing mosquitoes
Genes from a common bacterium can be harnessed to sterilize male insects, a tool that can potentially control populations of both disease-bearing mosquitoes and agricultural pests, researchers at Yale University and Vanderbilt University report in related studies published Feb. 27 in two Nature journals. (2017-02-27)

Springer Nature provides Italian universities hit by earthquake free access to electronic content
Springer Nature will open its digital resources to two Italian universities affected by the earthquakes of this past August and October. In addition to the journal titles to which they already subscribe, Università degli Studi di Camerino and Università degli Studi di Macerata will gain access to all Springer and Nature journals until the end of June 2017. All researchers, teaching staff and students at the two universities will benefit from the offer. (2016-11-25)

NYU among Nature Index's 2016 Rising Stars
New York University has been named among the 2016 'Rising Stars' by Nature Index, a database of research articles published in a group of 68 high-quality science journals. (2016-07-27)

MyCopy service from Springer Nature now available in Turkey
Starting immediately, Springer Nature's MyCopy service is also available to library users in Turkey. This service allows all registered library patrons there to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for their personal use through Springer's online platform SpringerLink. MyCopy books can only be ordered by registered patrons of Turkish academic libraries that have purchased the corresponding eBook Collection and have agreed to this service. (2016-05-31)

Scientists at TU Dresden discover new phenomenon in the field of gas-solid interactions
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaskel and his team of scientists at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry I at TU Dresden discovered in cooperation with the Helmholtz-Centre Berlin (HZB) and French researchers a new phenomenon in the field of gas-solid interactions: the so-called Negative Gas Adsorption (NGA). The renowned scientific journal 'Nature' thereon publishes a paper of the participating scientists under the title 'A pressure-amplifying framework material with negative gas adsorption transitions.' (2016-04-07)

Piecing together the cells elevator-like mechanism for sodium
Researchers from Stockholm University have pieced together how sodium is transported into and out of our cells. This could be a potential benefit for the development of novel treatments against some forms of cancer and hypertension. The results are published as an article in the scientific journal Nature Structure and Molecular Biology. (2016-02-01)

Immune system may be pathway between nature and good health
Research has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protections against a startling range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many more. How this exposure to green space leads to better health has remained a mystery. After reviewing hundreds of studies examining nature's effects on health, University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Ming Kuo believes the answer lies in nature's ability to enhance the functioning of the body's immune system. (2015-09-16)

Springer nature created following merger completion
Key competition authorities including the European Union and the US Department of Justice have cleared the merger of Springer Science+Business Media and the majority of Macmillan Science and Education. The new company will be called Springer Nature. (2015-05-06)

Discovery demystifies origin of life phenomenon
Biomolecules, if large enough (several nanometers) and with an electrical charge, will seek their own type with which to form large assemblies. This 'self-recognition' of left-handed and right-handed molecule pairs is featured in the March 10, 2015, issue of Nature Communications. (2015-03-11)

Increased access to nature trails could decrease youth obesity rates, MU study finds
Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota have found that local governments can help reduce youth obesity levels by increasing the amount and type of public lands available for recreation. (2014-09-11)

Playing outside could make kids more spiritual
Children who spend significant time outdoors could have a stronger sense of self-fulfillment and purpose than those who don't, according to new Michigan State University research linking children's experiences in nature with how they define spirituality. (2014-05-01)

Nobel prize candidates wait often over 20 years to win their prize
Candidates for a Nobel prize often have to wait more than 20 years to receive this highest of scientific accolades. According to a Correspondence by Santo Fortunato of Aalto University in Finland and colleagues, such nail-biting delays are becoming the norm -- to the point that aspiring laureates may themselves have expired by the time the medal is due to be presented. (2014-04-11)

Eskitis Institute signs beautiful deal with Japanese skin care company
Natural drug discovery research center, Griffith University's Eskitis Institute, has signed a new three year deal with a Japanese skin care company which is searching for biological properties to form the basis of new cosmetic, skin care and functional food products. This is first time the resources of the Eskitis Institute have been used in search for products other than drugs. (2014-03-02)

Agricultural fires in Ecuador Dec. 3, 2013
The fires (outlined in red) in this image of Ecuador taken by the Aqua satellite are most likely agricultural in nature. (2013-12-03)

Toronto team IDs proteins key in stem cell production
A team of Toronto-based researchers may be one step closer to a 'recipe' for large-scale production of stem cells for use in research and therapy. (2013-07-05)

Trouble in paradise: Does nature worship harm the environment?
Consumers nurture romantic ideas of nature by engaging in practices that are often harmful to the environment, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Could eco-friendly products provide a solution? (2012-09-11)

Gender bias in leading scientific journals
Fewer women than men are asked to write in the leading scientific journals. That is established by two researchers from Lund University in Sweden, who criticize the gender bias. (2012-08-30)

Inspired by genetics, chemistry finally takes hold of its own code
Nature proves every day that it is both complex and efficient. Organic chemists are envious of it; their conventional tools confine them to simpler achievements. Thanks to the work of professor Stefan Matile's team from the University of Geneva, these limitations could become a thing of the past. His publication in the Nature Chemistry journal indeed offers a new kind of code to chemists, allowing them to access new levels of complexity. (2012-08-19)

UC Arlitt Center awarded NSF grant to research learning at PlayScapes
The grant will support researchers as they observe how the area's youngest learners gain a grasp on science through play in a natural, outdoor learning lab. (2011-11-21)

Finnish researchers discover regulator of human cell activity
The research teams headed by professors Johanna Ivaska and Marko Salmi have discovered that the SHARPIN protein regulates human cell activity. (2011-11-16)

Development of a new chip for characterizing ultrafast optical pulses
Boosting up microprocessors -the heart of modern computers- at the speed of light, reducing consumptions and costs, may now be a reality thanks to the development of a new high-performance chip, the results of which have been published in Nature Photonics. (2011-09-22)

Real nature beats technological stand-ins for human well-being
As our environment degrades and technology improves, can technological versions of nature become suitable replacements? In a new book, a University of Washington psychologist argues that to flourish, humans need exposure to the natural world. (2011-05-17)

Communing with nature less and less
From backyard gardening to mountain climbing, outdoor activities are on the wane as people around the world spend more leisure time online or in front of the tube, according to findings published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2008-02-04)

Transfer of knowledge in the Middle Ages
Peeters Publishers, based in Leuven, has recently published the book (2007-12-07)

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