Dynamics behind life’s supernova in the Ordovician

Studying how biodiversity on our planet has developed through time and how it reacted to environmental changes would be relatively straight-forward if we could time-travel, as ecologists.…


Can native plants make a comeback on their own?

As invasive shrubs become more prevalent in U.S. forests, they are creating dense understories that outcompete native plants. Land managers with limited resources find themselves facing a tough decision.…


Greening the Dark Side of Chocolate

A Qualitative Assessment to Inform Sustainable Supply Chains Fundamental changes are visible around the globe; part of Mozambique was recently flooded, large Californian forest areas have burned, and glaciers are shrinking.…


Dances with cranes: the rise of the Sarolga

The Buralga legend tells of an Australian Aboriginal woman famed for her dancing, who was turned into a brolga by a jealous magician.…


2018 JMR Paper of the Year: 3D-printed micro-trusses point the way toward stronger high-temperature ceramics

Congratulations to Huachen Cui, Ryan Hensleigh, Hongshun Chen and Xiaoyu Zheng of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for their article, Additive Manufacturing and size-dependent mechanical properties of three-dimensional microarchitected, high-temperature ceramic metamaterials (published February 14, 2018 in Volume 33, Issue 3 (Focus Issue on Architected Materials).


Biodiversity conservation in Madagascar: the plight of the tenrecs

Tenrecs are a diverse family of 31 small mammal species found on the tropical island of Madagascar. Whilst rampant deforestation means one in five tenrecs is threatened with extinction, most conservation attention in the country is focused on larger, more charismatic species, such as lemurs.…


Deep learning for automating pig tail scoring

The animal article of the month for May is ‘Tailception’: using neural networks for assessing tail lesions on pictures of pig carcasses’ Injuries caused by one pig biting the tail of another pig are a big welfare problem in pigs reared for slaughter.…


Weevil contraceptive: parasitic castration to fight agricultural pests

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘Prevalence of a nematode castrator of the carrot weevil and impact on fecundity and survival‘ by Annie-Ève Gagnon, Guy Boivin, Guy Bélair Not a day goes by without pesticides making news headlines.…


Frontiers of plasma-enabled materials processing and devices

Plasma-based synthesis and processing is an important technique for fabricating and functionalizing novel and technologically-useful materials at different length scales. Plasmas enable reactions and interactions that are otherwise impossible to achieve with conventional methods (e.g.…


MINDY, a grazing ruminant in silico

The article Diurnal patterns of urination and drinking by grazing ruminants: a development in a mechanistic model of a grazing ruminant, MINDY is available Open Access in the Journal of Agricultural Science Estimates of herbage and water intake with parallel measurements of ingestive, digestive and metabolic behaviours of grazing ruminants pose considerable experimental and technical difficulties.…


Watch: How does stone skipping work?

By bouncing elastic spheres across the surface of Bear Lake in Utah, researchers have discovered the physics behind stone skipping. The mechanism of ‘water walking’ occurs when a deformed sphere rotates continuously across the surface of the water giving the appearance that the sphere is literally walking on water.…


Gold nanoparticle—liquid crystal thin film shows off photonic and plasmonic flipping

We are pleased to announce the 2019 MRS Communications Lecture award for excellence in the field of materials research through work published in MRS Communications.