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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…


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Near Earth Asteroids: No Cause For Alarm … Yet

The asteroids’ trajectory brings them within the moon’s orbit of Earth. NASA/JPL-Caltech Two asteroids are passing within the moon’s distance from Earth today. The Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona discovered both objects on Sunday,…


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Protecting Cell Membranes Against Leaks and Ruptures

Hsp 12 binds to membranes and stabilizes them against rupture and leakiness. Technische Universitaet Muenchen Despite clear evidence that Hsp12 — a so-called heat shock or stress protein — helps cells survive life-threatening conditions, how…


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The Mists of Time: Amateur Scientists

Comet Hale-Bopp NASA/JPL-Caltech August isn’t a special month (unless you’re fortunate enough to be on Summer vacation, then it’s magic) but, historically, August has brought us many exciting scientific developments. Atomic Bombs In a future…



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Rain Contributes To Cycling Patterns Of Clouds

Marine stratocumulus clouds have open cells (sky in the middle) and closed cells (cloudy in the middle). (Click for larger image.) Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Like shifting sand dunes, some clouds disappear in one place and…


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Latest ‘Green’ Packing Material? Mushrooms!

EcoCradle packaging material is composed of agricultural byproducts bound by fungal mycelium. (cc) Edward Browka, Ecovative Design A new packing material that grows itself is now appearing in shipped products across the US. The composite…