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Scientists created the world’s whitest paint. It could eliminate the need for air conditioning.

[USA Today] The whitest paint in the world has been created in a lab at Purdue University, a paint so white that it could eventually reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning, scientists say. The paint has now made it into the Guinness World Records book as the whitest ever made. So why did the […]

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Online Map Shows How Rising Sea Levels Will Impact Humanity

[Forbes, NASA] NASA’s Sea Level Change Team has created a sea level projection tool based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that visualizes the impacts of future sea level rise on coastlines and communities. More than 600 million people (around 10 percent of the world’s population) live in coastal areas that are less than […]

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‘Fool’s Gold’ Actually Contains a Newly Discovered Type of Real Gold, Scientists Find

[Science Alert, Wikimedia Commons] The mineral pyrite was historically nicknamed fool’s gold because of its deceptive resemblance to the precious metal. The term was often used during the California gold rush in the 1840s because inexperienced prospectors would claim discoveries of gold, but in reality it would be pyrite, composed of worthless iron disulfide (FeS₂). Ironically, pyrite […]

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There Is Only One Other Planet In Our Galaxy That Could Be Earth-Like, Say Scientists

[Forbes, Wikimedia Commons] It’s you and me, Kepler−442b. What does it take for an alien exoplanet to host life as we know it? A lot, as it turns out.  Despite a paper last year claiming that there may be 300 million planets in our galaxy that are “potentially habitable,” new research published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society confounds […]

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The Earth is spinning faster than at any time in the past 50 years

[Daily Mail] Year 2021 is set to fly by, prompting scientists to call for the addition of a ‘negative leap second’  Atomic clocks accurately record how long every day is at millisecond level Since invention in 1970s the days have been slightly longer than 24 hours  But since mid-2020 the Earth’s spin has accelerated and is now, on average, […]

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Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

[Wired, Getty Images] On a “body farm,” researchers are exploring whether the nutrients from human cadavers can change the look of plants, which authorities might use to locate missing persons. SINCE 1980, THE University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center has plumbed the depths of the most macabre of sciences: the decomposition of human bodies. Known colloquially as the […]

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Breakthrough in Artificial Photosynthesis Lets Scientists Store The Sun’s Energy as Fuel

[Science Alert, iStock] Plants have a seemingly effortless skill – turning sunlight into energy – and scientists have been working to artificially emulate this photosynthesis process. The ultimate benefits for renewable energy could be huge – and a new approach based on ‘photosheets’ could be the most promising attempt we’ve seen so far. New Artificial Photosynthesis Breakthrough Uses Gold […]

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Hot ocean waters along East Coast are drawing in ‘weird’ fish and supercharging hurricanes

[The Washington Post] Warm waters are a major concern with Hurricane Isaias forecast to ride up the Eastern Seaboard. Vacationing on Nantucket in early July, Terrence Boylan cast his line in to the strangely warm surf. The creature he reeled in left the veteran angler baffled. It was a skinny, 4-foot-long fish with a needlelike […]

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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattles Southern California – and its rich and famous

[USA TODAY] Every year, there are about 500,000 earthquakes – 100,000 of which can be felt on the Earth’s surface. But how do earthquakes work? We explain. At least two small temblors rocked an area near Los Angeles early Thursday, shaking residents out of their sleep but drawing no initial reports of damage or injury. A preliminary […]

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