It’s been a few months since I’ve posted any new science research here. Tough to keep up with things lately!
But here’s what’s been happening. First, I was looking into how to get people interested into science more, and also how students can study science. That led me down the rabbit hole of looking for articles on how to study. I’d like to share some of these resources. In my view, learning how to study effectively and having a love and passion for science is far more important than your natural intelligence.
First: Greatist.com has published an article Test Study Tips which I thoroughly enjoyed. And check out the LEARNING CENTER and their studying 101 article (this is from the university of north Carolina). And a unique article I also saw (actually someone emailed it to me) is this where a bunch of different teachers and students commented on how they study effectively.
If you read those 3 articles, I’m confident you’ll be able to study better.
Fungi could be a strong ally to improve crops and to make plants absorb key nutrients according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Leeds who have specifically analyzed the relationship between cereal plants and soil fungi.
According to the researchers, a smaller amount of fertilizers could be used by using soil fungi also in view of the climate changes that are taking place globally considering that the fertilizers themselves are one of the main causes of global carbon emissions.
Researchers studied the relationship between fungi and plants in the laboratory and noted that some fungi known as arbuscular mycorrhizae come into strong connection with the roots of cereal plants to provide the latter with significant quantities of nitrogen and phosphorus. In return, plants supply their carbohydrates in a relationship known as symbiosis.
The study, published in Global Change Biology , speaks of mushrooms as a “valuable new tool to help ensure future food security in the face of climate and ecological crises”, as explained by Katie Field, researcher at the English University and Global Food and Environment Institute.
During the observations they made, the researchers noted that plants can supply up to 20% of the carbon they absorb from the air to the fungi in exchange for up to 80% of the phosphorus supply they need. . These mushrooms actually contribute to increasing plant growth.
According to the researchers, it is possible to develop new varieties of plants that are less dependent on fertilizers since over the past 10,000 years these plants, in particular those of cereals, have been mostly cultivated through intensive crops that have prevented the same varieties from continuing to have such close connections with soil fungi.
“We are beginning to realize that some of the crops we have tamed lack these important connections with the fungi in the soil. Our results suggest that there is real potential to breed new crop varieties that regain this lost relationship with beneficial mushrooms and improve the sustainability of future food production systems, “explains Tom Thirkell, another author of the study.
The Chinese Air Force could equip its planes with laser weapons according to an article in the South China Morning Post. The article takes up two press releases that appeared on the official website for the procurement of weapons and military equipment of the People’s Liberation Army.
These press releases, which serve to find potential new private suppliers, provide detailed requirements for a particular piece of equipment that could be a new type of laser assault weapon for aircraft, according to the Global Times. It would be an airborne laser weapon that could shoot down incoming missiles as well as hostile vehicles.
A prototype, according to a television broadcast on China Central Television, has already been built and the laser canon would have a power of 100 kW. The biggest advantage of such a weapon would be that the high-energy light beam would travel substantially straight, without any delay and at the speed of light, which would allow very precise attacks in flight.
However, due to the technological challenges that such a technology requires if it is prepared on an aircraft, we have not yet seen a fighter shooting laser beams, as we have seen in many science fiction movies since Star Wars.
Of course, China isn’t the first country that is trying to develop laser weapons for its military aircraft: the U.S. Air Force is also allegedly conducting several tests with similar weapons mounted on fighter jets as well as tests would be held in Russia where news has spread that the MiG-35 Mikoyan fighter jet could be equipped with laser weapons in the future.