Towards an improved estimation of animal feed efficiency

The animal article of the month for June is ‘Isolating the cow-specific part of residual energy intake in lactating dairy cows using random regressions ‘ Improving feed efficiency is essential for sustainable livestock farming: it is expected to reduce feed resources use and to decrease waste and environmental impacts.…

John Ockendon Prize 2018 winner announced

The European Journal of Applied Mathematics and Cambridge University Press are pleased to award the 2018 John Ockendon Prize to G.

Better, Faster, Stronger: Building Batteries That Don’t Go Boom

Lithium ion batteries hold incredible promise for improved storage capacity, but they are volatile. Much of the problem arises from the use of flammable liquid electrolyte inside the battery. One approach is to use a non-flammable solid electrolyte together with a lithium metal electrode.

Martian Bees, Canopies, and Dandelion Seeds

Dandelion seeds that outperform man-made parachutes, designing the flow over forest canopies, and bee-inspired micro-robots for exploring Mars – catch up on the latest in fluid dynamics research.…

The Quaternary Record of Loess Deposits

Deposits of loess (deposits of windblown dust of silt size) are widely distributed in mid- and high-latitude areas of North America, Europe, and Asia.…

Bees, Squid and Oil Plumes

Spring has almost sprung which means we’re taking a look at the fluid dynamics of bees, how to build squid-inspired robots and modelling oil plumes eight years on from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.…

From snowball Earth to the Cambrian explosion: Evidence from China

Geological Magazine Guest Editor, Xian-Hua Li answers questions on the thematic issue “From Snowball Earth to the Cambrian Explosion: Evidence from China”.…

Beehive fences protect farms from foraging elephants in Tanzania

Southern Tanzania is home to over half of East Africa’s elephants making it a globally important region for their conservation. Unfortunately, abrupt boundaries between protected areas and farmland mean elephants easily wander into village farms and eat or trample human food crops or both.…

Q&A with Tünde Fülöp

Professor Tünde Fülöp, of the Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, the newly appointed editorial board member of the Journal of Plasma Physics, participates in a Q&A with the Journal.

On the Cover of HPL: Research on cleanliness optimization of multisegment disk amplifier based on vectorized flow mode

Rigorous cleanliness on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is essential to assure that 99.5% optical efficiency is maintained on each of its 192 beam lines by minimizing obscuration and contamination-induced laser damage.” said James A. Pryatel and William H. Gourdin from Akima Infrastructure Services and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

In memory of Prof. Zunqi Lin

Prof. Zunqi Lin, co-editor-in-chief of HPL, passed away aged 76 in Shanghai, China, on 28th May. He was one of the pioneers of inertial confinement fusion science in China, and a well-respected scientist in high power laser from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics. He was elected the academician of CAS in 2003.

Political Control and Policymaking Uncertainty in Environmental Justice Policies

Inequities in the enforcement of environmental regulations are an important problem, as a number of studies show that ethnic minorities and low-income citizens are likely to suffer disproportionately from the effects of toxic waste, and air and water pollution.  In response to this problem, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898 in February, 1994 which required all federal agencies to consider “disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations” when writing new regulatory rules.…