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As tellurium demands rises, so do contamination concerns

Demands for tellurium, a rare element, are on the rise. Some forms of tellurium are toxic, so as the element finds applications in solar panels, rubber production, electronics and more, there are rising concerns over contamination of the environment.

'Forgotten' antibiotic offers hope against worst superbugs

An antibiotic overlooked since its discovery in the late-1970s could help develop new drugs against life-threatening infections caused by some of the world's most dangerous superbugs.

Mining for silver in your laundry wastewater

Silver nanoparticles are being used in clothing for their anti-odor abilities but some of this silver comes off when the clothes are laundered. The wastewater from this process could end up in the environment, having a detrimental effect.

Out-sized benefits of kale overlook its dark side

People who love kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower often eat these vegetables on a regular basis. But over-indulgence may be dangerous. It may sound strange, but healthy-eating food addicts may be doing themselves harm.

Ladybugs — The brighter the colors, the more toxic they are

In Europe they are known as Ladybirds, and in America, we call them Ladybugs. But whichever name is used, the bright red ladybug with black spots is one of the world's most cherished beetles. But did you know why they have such bright colors?

Disputed study links chemicals to erosion of child IQs

Paris - Two public health experts warned Saturday about the stunting effects that a wide array of industrial chemicals, including toothpaste ingredient fluoride, may be having on child brain development, in a report some called alarmist.The pair, Philippe Gran...

New technique to reduce arsenic levels in rice

Delaware - Levels of arsenic in rice presents a major toxicity risk to millions of people. Scientists are experimenting with a new bacterium to see if the organism can reduce arsenic deposits down to a safe level.

Dental products raise concern about zinc toxicity

Dental experts warn of zinc toxicity that might innocently occur for overuse of dental products. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea and neurological impairment in addition to lower testosterone levels.
 

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Lina María Arenas, Dominic Walter & Martin Stevens
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"Ladybird, ladybird, Fly away home....."
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Adalia.bipunctata.adult. (Two-spot ladybug).
Adalia.bipunctata.adult. (Two-spot ladybug).
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Survival probability in wild environments for each of the five colours of models used in this experi...
Survival probability in wild environments for each of the five colours of models used in this experiment.
Lina María Arenas, Dominic Walter & Martin Stevens