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World’s Largest Solar Plant to Go Online in California
By November 18, 2013 Read More →

World’s Largest Solar Plant to Go Online in California

WASHINGTON — The world’s largest solar thermal plant is set to go online in California by the end of the year. While wind and sun-generated energy are generally considered clean, unlike coal-generated energy, environmentalists now worry that large-scale solar development could harm fragile desert ecosystems. Ivanpah is a field of mirrors, shimmering like a mirage […]

CO2 Reshaping the Planet, Meta-Analysis Confirms
By September 28, 2013 Read More →

CO2 Reshaping the Planet, Meta-Analysis Confirms

The melting of Mexico’s Orizaba glacier is another consequence of global warming. Credit: Mauricio Ramos/IPS NANTES, France – Greenland will eventually truly become green as most of its massive ice sheet is destined to melt, the authoritative U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported Friday. By Stephen Leahy The IPCC’s new 36-page summary of […]

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44 Years Ago This Week
By July 20, 2013 Read More →

44 Years Ago This Week

On July 16, 1969, the Kennedy Space Center in central Florida, three astronauts sat in their command module, Columbia, atop the most powerful, complex mechanical object ever built, the Saturn V rocket, and awaited a liftoff that would take them to their rendezvous with history. By Nathan James Four days later, after sailing through the […]

Kenya Using Satellite Dishes for Space Exploration
By June 29, 2013 Read More →

Kenya Using Satellite Dishes for Space Exploration

NAIROBI — The construction of a huge radio telescope in South Africa is giving a boost to the science and space industries in Kenya.  The country’s top space physicist says telecommunication companies are leasing out their now-obsolete satellite dishes for use in the new project. By Mohammed Yusuf Several African countries are working to build a […]

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E. coli bacteria ‘can produce diesel biofuel’
By April 28, 2013 Read More →

E. coli bacteria ‘can produce diesel biofuel’

A strain of bacteria has been created that can produce fuel, scientists say. Researchers genetically modified E. coli bacteria to convert sugar into an oil that is almost identical to conventional diesel. By Rebecca Morelle If the process could be scaled up, this synthetic fuel could be a viable alternative to the fossil fuel, the […]

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Obama proposes brain mapping project
By April 7, 2013 Read More →

Obama proposes brain mapping project

US President Barack Obama has unveiled a new initiative to map the brain. Speaking at the White House, he announced an initial $100m investment to shed light on how the brain works and provide insight into diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. President Obama said initiatives like the Human Genome Project had transformed genetics; now […]

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‘Vulcan’ leads Pluto moon name vote
By February 23, 2013 Read More →

‘Vulcan’ leads Pluto moon name vote

Star Trek fans have something to rejoice in: “Vulcan” is the leading contender in a vote to name two of Pluto’s recently discovered moons. In the TV series and films, it is also the name of Spock’s home planet. Vulcan has taken more than 100,000 of some 325,000 votes cast in the online poll. A […]

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Study: Earth-Like Planets Closer Than Expected
By February 10, 2013 Read More →

Study: Earth-Like Planets Closer Than Expected

Astronomers say there could be as many as 4.5 billion Earth-like planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and the nearest of them could be practically next door, in cosmic terms. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, after analyzing data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, calculated that six percent of the galaxy’s 75 […]

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Frogs Could Provide Big Leap in Antibiotics
By January 6, 2013 Read More →

Frogs Could Provide Big Leap in Antibiotics

A bit of old Russian folk wisdom could produce a crop of new antibiotics. With drug-resistant bacteria a growing public health threat worldwide, a type of frog Russians have used to keep milk fresh could provide a fresh source of germ fighters. By Steve Baragona Moscow State University chemist Albert Lebedev grew up in a […]

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Injectable Foam Could Prove Life Saver
By December 31, 2012 Read More →

Injectable Foam Could Prove Life Saver

After any serious injury, it’s crucial to stabilize the injured long enough to get them to sophisticated medical assistance. In life-threatening cases, it’s called the golden hour, and while huge advances have been made to buy the needed time, there hasn’t been much first responders can do to stem internal bleeding caused by trauma. But […]

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