Archive: 12/10/2013

US solar power sector small but growing

Solar power, only a minuscule part of the energy mix in the United States, is getting a boost from cheap panels, growing acceptance by large companies and chances for homeowners to rent solar systems.

Dec 10, 2013
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Cotton waste becomes biodegradable packaging

Proprietary agricultural waste blends provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists to industry partners are being used in a new process that literally grows custom packaging products to protect ...

Dec 10, 2013
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Garage scientists benefit society

The hobbyists who conduct biology in their garage are not a threat to society, according to a recent report published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. They aren't developing a new ...

Dec 10, 2013
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Drawing the line between stars and brown dwarfs

(Phys.org) —Stars come in a tremendous size range, from many tens of times bigger than the Sun to a tiny fraction of its size. But the answer to just how small an astronomical body can be, and still be ...

Dec 10, 2013
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Utah supervolcanoes discovered

(Phys.org) —Brigham Young University geologists found evidence of some of the largest volcanic eruptions in earth's history right in their own backyard.

Dec 10, 2013
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Silver Banksia plants excel at phosphate saving

Plants in the leached soils of Western Australia have developed a special strategy for coping with the scarcity of phosphorus. Together with colleagues from the University of Western Australia, Perth, scientists ...

Dec 10, 2013
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New views of Mars from sediment mineralogy

The first detailed examination of clay mineralogy in its original setting on Mars is offering new insights on the planet's past habitability, research led by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Da ...

Dec 10, 2013
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