After warming a natural seabed in the Antarctic Ocean by just 1 or 2 Celsius, researchers observed massive impacts on a marine assemblage, as growth rates nearly doubled. The findings of what the researchers call the 'most realistic ocean warming experiment to date' show that the effects of future warming may far exceed expectations.
There might be a new and improved way to rid contaminated soil of toxins and pollutants: zap it with lasers. By directly breaking down pollutants, researchers say, high-powered lasers can now be more efficient and cheaper than conventional decontamination techniques. They have shown how such a laser system could work and described the proof-of-principle results.