Environment

We could recycle plastic bags into fabrics in the future

Engineers have developed self-cooling fabrics from polyethylene, a material commonly used in plastic bags. In considering materials that could become the fabrics of the future,...

Living near water can be beneficial to your mental health

We know that people are more likely to experience mental health disorders in areas with greater population density. Overcrowding, pollution, urban violence and less social...

Pollen can raise your risk of getting COVID-19, whether you have allergies or not

Exposure to pollen can raise your risk of developing COVID-19, and it isn’t just a problem for people with allergies, new research released March...

This roadside barrier could mitigate air pollution

The curved barriers deflect pollution away from pedestrians and back onto the road. A unique curved barrier has been designed by researchers at Imperial College...

8 ways pollutions can harm your health

In a new study, researchers found chemical pollutants could harm the body in 8 ways: oxidative stress and inflammation, genomic alterations and mutations, epigenetic...

Icing could cost wind turbines 80% of power production, shows study

Wind turbine blades spinning through cold, wet conditions can collect ice nearly a foot thick on the yard-wide tips of their blades. That disrupts blade...

Venus was once more Earth-like, but climate change made it uninhabitable

We can learn a lot about climate change from Venus, our sister planet. Venus currently has a surface temperature of 450℃ (the temperature of an...

Why sunshine could help treat depression

Looking outside at another cloudy sky, on another dreary winter day in the Midwest? Experts say it makes sense that a lack of sunshine leaves...

Switch to electric vehicles is the best option for cleaner road transport, study finds

The widespread adoption of battery electric vehicles offers the greatest energy efficiency and potential for CO2 reduction, new analysis by Cambridge engineers has shown. But...

Living near trees may prevent vascular damage, study finds

In a new study, researchers found that living near an abundance of green vegetation can offset the negative effects of air pollution on blood...