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How mosquitoes changed everything

August 19th, 2019 at 2:13 pm » Comments Off

They slaughtered our ancestors and derailed our history. And they’re not finished with us yet. The insects are estimated to have killed more people than any other single cause. In 1698, five ships set sail from Scotland, carrying a cargo of fine trade goods, including wigs, woollen socks and blankets, mother-of-pearl combs, Bibles, and twenty-five […]



Hydrogel uses sunlight to harvest fresh water from the sea

July 22nd, 2019 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

The research team (led by Tan Swee Ching, at right) with samples of the hydrogel In many arid coastal regions, a great quantity of valuable fresh water is lost into the atmosphere every day, as it evaporates from the surface of the ocean. This situation prompted scientists to create a new hydrogel that’s highly effective […]



New analysis techniques unearth a trove of unusual minerals

July 17th, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  Nataliyamalikite was discovered in Kamchatka’s Avacha Volcano, which emits sulfurous vapor that’s high in thallium.YURI SMITYUK/GETTY IMAGES THE LANDSCAPE OF Kamchatka Peninsula steams with sulfurous vapor, its 29 active volcanoes forming a hazy backdrop for the region’s herds of reindeer and rivers of salmon. One of the most geologically active places in the world, […]



New unprinting method can help recycle paper and curb environmental costs

July 12th, 2019 at 3:12 am » Comments Off

A new way to unprint paper using intense pulsed light from a xenon lamp. Imagine if your printer had an “unprint” button that used pulses of light to remove toner—and thereby quintupled the lifespan of recycled paper. A Rutgers-led team has created a new way to unprint paper that, unlike laser-based methods, can work with […]



Special report: Our plastic planet

June 30th, 2019 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

  We have sipped, packaged and played our way into a global plastics crisis. Why it matters: Activist consumer groups are pushing for less use, and to some extent, less production, while industry aims for increased recycling. The big picture: Plastics demand is projected to only increase — and the footprint of plastic pollution with […]



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