World’s most massive canyon may be hidden beneath Antarctic ice

January 18, 2016 by  
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Researchers from Durham University have discovered what appears to be a massive canyon system beneath Antarctica’s ice. Using satellite data, geologists have mapped out a system over 1,000 kilometers long (621 miles), with sections that run up to 1 kilometer deep (3,280 feet) in the Princess Elizabeth Land region on the eastern side of the continent. For comparison, the Grand Canyon is only about 446 kilometers (277 miles) long. Read the rest of World’s most massive canyon may be hidden beneath Antarctic ice

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Time really is money in this little New Zealand town

December 18, 2015 by  
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In Lyttleton, New Zealand, an unusual currency has been circulating for the past decade, and now it’s gaining attention on a global scale. In the small port town, residents contribute hours to a ‘time bank’ from which others can make withdrawals, effectively allowing community members to trade the skills they possess in exchange for services they need. In a community where time literally is money, local residents have discovered a new kind of wealth. Read the rest of Time really is money in this little New Zealand town

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Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to our growing garbage problem

October 2, 2015 by  
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Every year, 6.4 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean . On land, plastic gathers in landfills, on beaches and in sensitive ecosystems all around the world. In America alone, we throw away 33 million tons of plastic per year and we show no signs of slowing down. Now, new research shows the tiny mealworm might just help us solve our massive plastic problem. Scientists at Stanford have discovered that the humble mealworm can live on a diet of Styrofoam and other polystyrene. Read the rest of Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to our growing garbage problem

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Underwater “Stonehenge” discovered near Sicily is over 10,000-years-old

August 7, 2015 by  
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Off the coast of Sicily, researchers have discovered a giant stone monolith submerged in a shallow channel. A report published in Science Direct suggests the man-made object was created by an ancient civilization for a purpose likely akin to that of Stonehenge, which the monolith resembles. Researchers estimate the monument’s age at over 10,000 years, and believe its existence confirms “significant Mesolithic human activity in the Sicilian Channel region.” Read the rest of Underwater “Stonehenge” discovered near Sicily is over 10,000-years-old

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15-year-old intern discovers new planet

June 12, 2015 by  
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While plenty of kids are given the advice that one is never too young to start changing the world, it’s pretty safe to say very few teens have discovered a whole new planet. But on this third day of work experience at the University of Keele , England, Tom Wagg—then 15-years-old—was observing a star some 1,000 light years away when he noticed a small blip in the light that suggested a planet may be passing by, and orbiting, the star. Two years on, after further study by astronomers at the University of Geneva and the University of Liege, it’s been confirmed that Tom has in fact discovered a previously unknown, yet to be named, planet. Read the rest of 15-year-old intern discovers new planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: exosolar planets , extra solar planets , keppler , nasa , new planets , teenage astronomer , tom wagg , university of keele , wasp , WASP-142b , wide angle search for planets

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How synthetic viruses can boost green energy production

July 2, 2013 by  
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MIT researchers have discovered how to use engineered viruses to improve lithium-ion batteries and solar cells.

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Whey Protein Transformed into Sustainable Food Packaging

September 1, 2011 by  
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Whey protein, a milk protein that is a byproduct of cheese production, is often used in protein bars and shakes, but scientists in Barcelona have discovered that it can also be made into a more sustainable plastic for food packaging . The WheyLayer project was funded by the European Commission to find an alternative to petroleum sources in food packaging.  Through this project, research company IRIS found that whey protein could replace synthetic petroleum-based polymers.  The whey protein plastic has similar oxygen-blocking properties to traditional food packaging, but it’s cheaper to make and, even better, more easily recyclable. Traditional plastic packaging is hard to recycle because the petroleum-based polymers are almost impossible to separate for individual recycling, but with the whey protein plastic, the whey can be removed with enzymes so that the remaining film can be recycled or reused in new packaging. This process also keeps the 40 percent of whey protein discarded by European cheese factories out of landfills. via Earth911  

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New Piezo Crystals Harness Sound Waves to Generate Hydrogen Fuel

March 17, 2010 by  
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It sounds like a strange combination: zinc oxide crystals , water, and noise pollution. But scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that the mix can efficiently produce hydrogen without the need for a dirty catalyst like oil.

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Synthetic Bone Material Made From Trees Matches Real Bone (Video)

January 6, 2010 by  
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Image via BBC Video Another reason to love trees – they can give you new bones! Scientists in Italy have discovered a way to transform rattan (yep, as in what we weave into furniture) into synthetic bone material, matching human bone structure incredibly closely – more so than anything else available right now. Anyone who n…

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More Methane Discovered Bubbling From Arctic Sea Floor – 1000 Times Background Levels in Places

January 6, 2010 by  
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photo: Ville Miettinen via flickr. While the scientists involved say there is no current reason for alarm, and that more study is needed to determine exact causes, pay attention to this one: Following up on a story that emerged back in August, BBC News reports that methane bubbling up from the Arctic sea floor appears to be stronger than first believed:..

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