Category: Technology

Did Earth’s magnetic field collapse for 2 hours on April 23?

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Originally Published by EarthSkyThe answer is no, Earth’s magnetic field did not collapse. Here’s all that really happened on April 23. A website claimed that the magnetic field did collapse and suggested that that worldwide disasters would result: Topic: Technology

Glowing nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells, which could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team has demonstrated a new artificial material, or metamaterial, that glows in […]

Planets stripped bare by host stars

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment Astronomers have defined a class of planet that have had their atmospheres stripped away by their host stars. Topic: Technology

First US rice drip irrigation research project in CA leverages Israeli R&D

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science“We believe this initiative represents the first use of drip irrigation in the U. for a rice crop,” explains Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president, principal and chief executive officer of Conaway Preservation Group, which owns the 17,000-acre Conaway Ranch. This effort could serve as a model for other farms and potentially […]

What happens to its stuff when black hole vanishes?

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Originally Published by EarthSkyPhysicists have argued strenuously that it was not possible that all quantum information could remain hidden withinthe black hole when it shrunk to minute sizes. Topic: Technology

Geochemists show experimental verification of principle of detailed balance

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth ScienceGeochemists at Indiana University and Virginia Tech have developed and demonstrated a technique for assessing the validity of a principle that has long been important in thermodynamics and chemical kinetics but has proven resistant to experimental verification. Topic: Technology

Seashells or spider silk: how nature could transform the structure of cities

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianIn the race to replace concrete and steel, bioengineers and architects are experimenting with alternatives including blood, bone and eggshells Ask the Cambridge bioengineer, Michelle Oyen, how the cities of the future might look, and she’ll reference termite mounds, along with the swirling architecture of Antoni Gaudí, whose buildings […]

Court upholds federal plan to protect vast polar bear habitat in Alaska

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianA federal government plan to protect a vast area of the US Arctic as habitat for polar bears has been upheld by an appeals court, overturning a previous victory by the state of Alaska and fossil fuel lobbyists against the designation. Topic: Policy

Graphene’s Role as a Superconductor Just Got Better

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Originally Published by IEEE Spectrum Recent ContentFor first time, Japanese researchers have observed “zero” electrical resistivity in graphene Topic: Technology

Can Pulling Carbon from Air Make a Difference on Climate?

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 Numerous technologies exist to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and new companies are entering the field. But can CO2 ‘air capture’ scale up from a niche business to an industry that will lower atmospheric concentrations of CO2? BY NICOLA JONES Topic: Technology