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The Transit of Venus – Not To Be Missed

The Venus transit of June 8, 2004, as viewed by NASA’s sun-observing TRACE spacecraft. NASA/LMSAL How big is our solar system? How far away are our planetary neighbors? Back in the 18th century, astronomers had…


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The Year of the Higgs?

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. (cc) John McNab This month, researchers are renewing their search for one of the universe’s most elusive mysteries, the Higgs boson — a hypothetical particle that if found…


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Life Built With Arsenic

Image of GFAJ-1 grown on arsenic. Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical…


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Super Massive Galaxy Cluster in the Constellation Pictor

An infrared/optical representative-colorimage of the galaxy cluster Pictor. NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Brodwin (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA) Astronomers using the South Pole Telescope report that they have discovered the most massive galaxy cluster yet seen at a distance of 7…



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Researchers Find A Stable Way To Store The Sun’s Heat

New materials should make it easier to store thermal power from the Sun in rechargeable heat batteries. NASA Researchers at MIT have revealed exactly how a molecule called fulvalene diruthenium, which was discovered in 1996,…


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Researchers Find A Stable Way To Store The Sun’s Heat

New materials should make it easier to store thermal power from the Sun in rechargeable heat batteries. NASA Researchers at MIT have revealed exactly how a molecule called fulvalene diruthenium, which was discovered in 1996,…


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Brown University Chemists Simplify Biodiesel Conversion

Aaron Socha, left, and Jason Sello devised a way to convert waste vegetable oil to biodiesel using environmentally friendly catalysts. Mike Cohea/Brown University As the United States seeks to lessen its reliance on foreign oil,…


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Mists of Time: Skeletons in the Closet

(cc) Volker Stenzel It’s October. In northern climes the leaves are beginning to change and, later this month as they begin to fall, there will be a chill in the night air. A fitting time…


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Pickle Spoilage Bacteria May Help Environment

The bacteria on this pickle may help clean up textile industry wastewater. Spoilage bacteria that can cause red coloration of pickles’ skin during fermentation may actually help clean up dyes in textile industry wastewater, according…


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If Spiders and Worms Can Do It, Why Can’t We?

Scientists are working to reverse-engineer the silk producing design of spiders and silkworms. (cc) Martin LaBar Imagine a material that is tougher than Kelvar or steel, yet remarkably flexible. It’s something you can easily find…