Soft devices, powered by ‘stressed’ algae, glow in the dark when squished or stretched

Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31705-6″ width=”800″ height=”530″/> Schematic of the working principle and potential applications of the biohybrid mechanoluminescence. In the light phase, the soft biohybrid robot integrated with dinoflagellate culture solution is charged with sunlight for photosynthesis to produce oxygen, providing energy for the organism. In the dark phase, the mechanically induced bioluminescence of … Read more

Museum collections indicate bees stressed by changes in climate over the past 100 years

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists from Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum today published two concurrent papers analyzing UK bumblebee populations. The first investigation of the morphology (body shapes) of bee specimens dating back to 1900. Using digital images, the first group investigated the asymmetry in bumblebee wings as an indicator of stress. … Read more

Stressed teachers find hope in peer-support model used by frontline health workers

Credit: Shutterstock Teachers are burning out and leaving the profession in numbers. Classrooms and workloads are challenging, made worse by staff shortages, and teachers are stressed. Student welfare needs to be prioritised, but the educators supporting them need support too. A model of peer support used by front-line health workers could provide a way forward. … Read more