6
Oct
2016

Beery wastewater gets an electrifying new life

Fungal spores are added to beer-brewing wastewater

According to the University of Colorado Boulder, breweries go through about seven barrels of water for every barrel of beer produced. All that leftover wastewater can't just be dumped in the sewer – it has to be filtered first, which can be expensive. Now, however, the university says that there may be a new use for the water. It could be used to grow a fungus that's in turn made into "green" battery electrodes.

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Category: Environment

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6
Oct
2016

Male fishing spider might offer himself as snack to females to help offspring

Dark fishing spiders (female on the left, male on the right) get their name from the ...

The urge to reproduce in the animal kingdom can often be stronger than the urge to survive. Case in point – the male dark fishing spider. After the arachnid mates with his female companion, which is roughly double his size and can weigh up to 14 times more than the diminutive male, he dies and the female eats him. New research out of the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln postulates that the macabre ritual might have to do with ensuring healthy and abundant offspring.

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Category: Biology

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