Archive: 01/09/2007

Metric Moon

If you think in pounds and miles instead of kilograms and kilometers, you're in the minority. Only the United States, Liberia, and Burma still primarily use English units -- the rest of the world is metric. ...

dateJan 09, 2007 in Space Exploration
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Converting Nitrogen to a More Useful Form

Nitrogen-containing organic compounds are important products as well as intermediates for many pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and chemicals used in electronics. Air contains plenty of nitrogen, but it is in a form that cannot ...

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Scientists celebrate 50 years since key RNA discovery

Profound doubts were the frequent response when MIT biophysicist Alexander Rich announced that two single-strand ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules could spontaneously align themselves to form a double helix, ...

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Magellanic Clouds May Be Just Passing Through

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) are two of the Milky Way's closest neighboring galaxies. Both are visible only in the southern hemisphere. By studying their orbits, astronomers ...

dateJan 09, 2007 in Astronomy
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China world's e-waste dump site

China is the world's dump for electronic waste with about 70 percent of the industry's material smuggled into the country, a Chinese scientist said.

dateJan 09, 2007 in Environment
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