"This year's Nobel prize in Chemistry will be awarded to Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman for his discovery of quasicrystals, metallic alloys with atoms arranged in orderly, infinite, aperiodic, crystal-like patterns with theoretically forbidden (typically 5 fold) symmetry. This form of matter was believed to be impossible to create."
"We finally know how fish swim so fast": https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.02410
"Physicists have argued for 50 years over which of two theories explains how fish produce thrust. Now a computer simulation has provided the answer."
Can the 'Great Green Wall' stop desertification in China?
Two generations spent 55 years building world's largest man-made forest in Saihanba, N. China
The Friends Who Planted 10,000 Trees:
The miracle of Saihanba
Dongying, China: Growing Forests in Saline Soil
How China transformed its desert into a fruit growing oasis
China's Greening of the Vast Kubuqi Desert is a Model for Land Restoration Projects Everywhere:
NASA satellite pictures reveal China's expansion:
Why is Africa building a Great Green Wall? BBC News:
Maartje Dros http://maartjedros.nl
Dutch designers convert algae into bioplastic for 3D printing: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/12/04/dutch-designers-eric-klarenbeek-maartje-dros-convert-algae-biopolymer-3d-printing-good-design-bad-world/
Interview Eric Klarenbeek et Maartje Dros:
Incredible View Of General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park:
With a height of 83.8 meters, a diameter of 7.7 m, an estimated bole volume of 1,487 m3, and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, it is nevertheless among the tallest, widest, and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.
Flowers respond to pollinator sound within minutes by increasing nectar sugar concentration: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/12/28/507319 #FFHCI #Nature