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Cheap Material Could Capture CO2 Exhaust From Auto Tailpipes

BY ROBERT SANDERS UC BERKELEY Researchers have created a cheap, easy, and energy-efficient way to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks. They used an inexpensive polymer called melamine—the main component of Formica. The new work is a key goal for the United States and other nations as they seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The process …

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ALERT! Dangerous asteroid, as big as a bus, approaching Earth today, says NASA

Asteroid 2022 OC4 is classified as an Apollo class asteroid and it is set to make a dangerously close approach to the Earth today, August 9, according to NASA. Dangerous asteroids have been passing the Earth left and right even as our planet has been narrowly escaping potential crashes. Last week, a 700-feet wide potentially …

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Stars Shed Light on Why Stellar Populations Are So Similar in Milky Way

AUSTIN, Texas — Scientists have uncovered what sets the masses of stars, a mystery that has captivated astrophysicists for decades. Their answer? Stars, themselves. Using highly detailed simulations, a collaborative team led by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin has made a breakthrough discovery that star formation is a self-regulatory process, knowledge that …

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UCLA researchers receive $4M from NIH for ‘miniscope’

The miniature microscope can be mounted on the heads of lab animals and the NIH grant will help the study team develop next-generation versions of their miniscope. The four-year award will support the design, manufacturing, and distribution of two types of two-photon miniscopes. As they did previously, the UCLA researchers will share detailed instructions on …

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Screening a new promoter library for use in p

Plant scientists are actively striving to successfully introduce valuable traits into plants and use them as bioreactors for ‘molecular pharming,’ whereby pharmaceutically useful molecules are produced in living organisms serving as chemical factories. The molecules produced include important therapeutic proteins that can be expressed in a plant by aging its synthetic switches or metabolic pathways. …

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Rotting fish help solve mystery of how soft tissue fossils form — ScienceDaily

New research at the University of Leicester has transformed scientists’ understanding of how spectacular fossils with delicate soft tissues form. While most fossils are ‘hard’ tissues, such as bone, shells or teeth, some rare sites around the world had unique conditions which allowed minerals to fossilize soft parts such skin, muscles and other organs — …

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Yale researchers discover molecular mechanism behind growth of the nervous system

Our nervous system is composed of billions of neurons that speak to each other through their axons and dendrites. When the human brain develops, these structures branch out in a beautifully intricate, yet poorly understood way that allows nerve cells to form connections and send messages throughout the body. And now, Yale researchers have discovered …

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Beck: CAPSTONE demonstrates feasibility of low-cost interplanetary smallsats

LOGAN, Utah — Rocket Lab’s launch of a NASA lunar cubesat mission lived up to its name, serving as a capstone for the company’s efforts to develop end-to-end space systems and interplanetary missions, according to its chief executive. Giving a keynote at the Small Satellite Conference here Aug. 8, Peter Beck said the company’s work …

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