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Transforming waste in order to transform people's lives

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Essentium Materials converts coconut husk fibers into materials for cars and homes
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Dispatches from a connected future

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Researchers from academia, government and industry team up to create networked solutions to society's problems
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New answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections: clay minerals?

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Researchers discover natural clay deposits with antibacterial properties
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New tool, savings for manufacturing hard materials

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Laser device could have major impact for manufacturing electronics, computer chips, lenses, windows and mirrors
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(Really) learning physics

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Sustained investment in 'peer instruction' leads to wide-scale use of innovative teaching practice in undergraduate physics education and a Minerva Prize for NSF-funded physicist Eric Mazur
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Atmospheric scientists take to the skies to study Colorado Front Range ozone pollution

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Results are applicable to metropolitan areas across the country, around the world
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Exploring dramatic changes in galaxies

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Scientist hopes to uncover physical process behind the changes, including cosmic webs and supermassive black holes
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Bees from the inside out

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Researchers work to save bees by studying the diversity of microbes that live in their guts and the impacts on these microbes of exposure to antibiotics
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Everything is better in 3-D

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
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Walking can recharge the spirit, but what about our phones?

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Device captures energy from walking to recharge wireless gadgets
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"Bottom-up" proteomics

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes
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Strawberries with a thirst

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues
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Converting biomass to fuels

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
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New, high-energy rechargeable batteries

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Researchers develop molten air battery with commercial potential
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The aeroacoustics of jets

NSF Discoveries - 36 min 16 sec ago

Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines
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Bats and polarized light.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - 4 hours 44 min ago
Bats and polarized light.


Bats Use Polarized Light to Set Their Internal Compasses | Science Blogs | WIRED
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Although bats are known for using echolocation to orient and navigate, they draw on a suite of senses to get around. A new study reveals another ability: bats use patterns of polarized light in the sky to navigate. Richard Holland and Stefan Greif, of Queen’s University Belfast, with Ivailo Borissov…
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São Paulo state joins mega-telescope

Nature Newsblog - 6 hours 40 min ago

The Giant Magellan Telescope received a boost today when Brazil’s São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) confirmed its plans to join the project. The $880-million facility, some components of which have already been built, is one of three competing mega-telescopes that will study the skies in the next decade.

Approving plans reported by Nature in February, the richest state in Brazil confirmed on 22 July that it would contribute US$40 million toward membership of the GMT, which is managed by a consortium of institutions in the United States, Australia and South Korea.

São Paulo researchers might not be the only ones to benefit. FAPESP scientific director Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz told Nature’s news team that negotiations between the foundation and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil were “well advanced to share these costs and allow astronomers from all states of Brazil to have access to the telescope”. If that plan goes ahead, the ministry will refund part of the costs to FAPESP.

Although a boon for Brazilian astronomers, the move could raise concerns for advocates of the Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which is being built by the European Southern Observatory in Chile. ESO has begun blasting the top off the 3,000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones where the E-ELT will be based, but is reliant on funding from Brazil’s federal government to enter the main construction phase. In 2010 Brazil agreed to contribute €270 million (US$371 million) to ESO over a decade, but the deal has yet to be ratified and remains held up in legislative committees.

Some legislators may see the GMT agreement as a cheaper way for Brazil’s astronomers to access a future mega-telescope, even though the ESO deal also allows access to existing observatories in Chile. However Beatrice Barbuy, head of the Astronomical Society of Brazil’s ESO committee, says the plans are still moving ahead. She adds that they had stalled in recent months due to the country hosting the FIFA World Cup and staff going on winter vacations, but discussions were likely get underway again in August.

The 25-metre GMT, to be built at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, is scheduled to begin operations in 2020. It is designed to have six times the collecting power of the largest existing observatories and 10 times the resolution of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The agreement is expected to secure São Paulo a 4% stake in the GMT project, guaranteeing 4% of observation time for Brazilian astronomers each year, as well as representation on the consortium’s decision-making board.

The GMT, E-ELT and a third planned next-generation ground-based observatory, the Thirty Meter Telescope proposed to be built in Mauna Kea in Hawaii, are intended to address similar science questions. Astronomers hope to use the huge light-collecting capacity of the telescopes to explore planets outside our Solar System, study supermassive black holes and galaxy formation, and unravel the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

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Chemical engineer studies how to design the best materials with the least environmental impact

NSF Discoveries - 7 hours 36 min ago

Researcher examines nanoparticle-membrane interactions to determine safety
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Such beautiful snakes.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - 10 hours 15 min ago
Such beautiful snakes.


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#wildlife #reptile #Herpetology | #NorthAmerica Regal Ringneck #Snake | #Diadophis punctatus regalis #endemic to the southwestern #UnitedStates and northern #Mexico. photo: http://imexcursions.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/special-snakes-2011
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Scientists in Australia are not happy with the reduction in environmental protec...

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - 10 hours 20 min ago
Scientists in Australia are not happy with the reduction in environmental protections.


Scientists blast Australian government's moves to dismantle environmental protections
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On Tuesday a prominent group of conservation scientists meeting condemned the Australian government's recent moves to eliminate protections for native ecosystems, cut research funding, backtrack on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and step up persecution of individuals and organizatio…
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