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Avoiding Cutting Down Palm Trees For its Fruits in Amazonia Can Reduce Economic and Environmental Damage

Researchers at the University of Leeds and the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute ( Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia; IIAP ) have found that cutting down the palm tree Mauritia flexuosa for its fruits had caused ecological and economical disturbances in Peru. Image credits: Pexels The scientists have prepared a detailed study to show why and where the palm trees fell down and the extent of the economic and environmental damage caused by it. “Cutting down female palm trees to harvest the fruit has halved the total production of the fruit of this palm that is available to local communities," said Gabriel Hidalgo , a postgraduate student at Leeds’ School of Geography and lead author of the study. “This is a clear example of the impact of humans on natural resource levels, in an ecosystem that, on first look, appears undamaged. However, changing the way the fruit is harvested can increase both the number of fruit-bearing palm trees and the value of these Amazonian peatlan

Petroleum Residue Can Replace Carbon Fibers in Automobile Parts, Says American Research

Researchers at the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge , have found a way of making lightweight materials from petroleum residue for automobiles to improve their efficiency and reduce  greenhouse gas  emissions. It is a cost-effective alternative for materials made from carbon fiber. Image credit: Pixabay A heavier car needs a heavy engine, strong brakes and other structural materials for efficient working. Carbon fiber is required to make these materials. Automobile parts made from carbon fiber are more expensive than materials made from aluminum or steel. The Department of Energy (DOE) in the U.S. was seeking methods to enhance the efficiency of cars and reduce the consumption of fuel by decreasing their overall weight. Researchers were looking for ways to make lightweight, cheap and safe materials that could replace steel. As carbon fiber could not be used to make lightweight structural materials for all automobiles , therefore, researchers aimed to develop low

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