Archive: 02/7/2013

Nylons made from shrimps

Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions.

dateFeb 07, 2013 in Materials Science
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Pacific locked in 'La Nada' limbo

(Phys.org)—Sea-surface height data from NASA's Jason-2 satellite show that the equatorial Pacific Ocean is still locked in what some call a neutral, or 'La Nada' state. This condition follows two years ...

dateFeb 07, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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The secrets of spider silk

Each time a spider draws silk from its spin­neret to create a new web, it also draws on more than 400 mil­lion years of evo­lu­tion. Spi­ders have evolved to pro­duce a library of silks, each using ...

dateFeb 07, 2013 in Materials Science
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Tapping into the rubber plant genome

A group of international scientists have sequenced the draft genome sequence of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis, the major commercial source of natural rubber. The manuscript describing the draft genome is published in ...

dateFeb 07, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Farmers markets driving tomato research

The emergence of farmers markets in the Lower Rio Grande Valley has led to new research that shows planting dates affect the productivity of organic tomatoes, according to an expert at the Texas A&M AgriLife ...

dateFeb 07, 2013 in Other
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Fostering critical thinking via assessment

Critical thinking skills have been identified as learning outcomes expected of students. Teaching towards developing thinking skills is quite recent, attempts are observed to find ways to infuse critical thinking into the ...

dateFeb 07, 2013 in Social Sciences
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