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Turks turn tires into ‘stardust’

3 Comments 10 August 2010

Turks turn tires into ‘stardust’

A team of researchers in Turkey is attempting to turn abandoned tires into synthetic silicon carbide—an extremely hard and valuable abrasive element whose natural occurrence is usually in the form of interstellar stardust. If successful, the...

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Researchers on track to prevent train wrecks

Leave a Comment 05 August 2010

Researchers on track to prevent train wrecks

Trains may become safer soon, due to an EU-funded, multinational research project. A team of European and Israeli scientists is devising an electromagnetic sensing system that could serve as an early-warning mechanism for the natural disasters...

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A damming effect on giant catfish

1 Comment 05 August 2010

A damming effect on giant catfish

The giant Southeast Asian catfish is in danger of extinction, a recent report concluded. According to the report, "River of Giants: Giant Fish of the Mekong," a plan to build hydropower dams along the Mekong River in Laos will threaten the...

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The world of food … on a chart

Leave a Comment 23 July 2010

The world of food … on a chart

The world's human food system is a complicated matrix of supply, demand, economics, transportation and politics, among many other factors. But now, graphic artists at ShiftN.com. have attempted to visualize the system, creating a chart—or...

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Poop Power: Electricity generated from raw sewage

4 Comments 23 July 2010

Poop Power: Electricity generated from raw sewage

Raw sewage may become a new source of energy for the world. That’s right—electricity from poop. By coating graphite anodes with gold nanoparticles, Oregon State University engineers have been able to extract 20 times more electricity in...

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Big whales appear in great numbers in Northern California

2 Comments 16 July 2010

Big whales appear in great numbers in Northern California

An influx of huge krill swarms has drawn an unprecedented number of blue whales to the Monterey, Calif. coast, delighting boatloads of whale watchers throughout early and mid-July. But it's not just the endangered blues that are drawing...

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Algae could combat hunger

3 Comments 13 July 2010

Algae could combat hunger

Heralded by scientists as a near-miracle food, a protein-rich algae has potential to abolish malnutrition. The blue-green spirulina is integral to a United Nations cultivation project in Chad, which is set to end in December. "It gives you...

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Saudis raise the ante in mobile desalination

Leave a Comment 08 July 2010

Saudis raise the ante in mobile desalination

Saudi Arabia has pushed forward in its efforts to turn seawater into drinkable water, re-launching the world's largest floating desalination plant, with another floating plant close behind. Each barge has a production capacity of 25,000 cubic...

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Team embarks on simulated mission to Mars

Leave a Comment 08 June 2010

Team embarks on simulated mission to Mars

Humanity has long sought to put a person on Mars, but it might only be possible if astronauts can stand each other long enough to make the journey there and back. That’s just what an experiment launched on June 3 in Moscow is aiming to...

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Way up north, another kind of oil controversy

Leave a Comment 03 June 2010

Way up north, another kind of oil controversy

Not many people have heard of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, nor the Athabaskan Tar Sands. Not these days, anyway, with the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But in Fort Chipewyan, a hamlet of 1,007 people and commonly...

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