News tagged with environment

Surfactants do not harm the environment

When you take a shower and rinse the soap and shampoo off your body, the foam conveniently disappears between your toes and down the drain. Have you ever thought about what happens to the surfactants afterwards? Whether they ...

dateOct 03, 2014 in Environment
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Study shows how giant clams harness the sun

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

dateOct 02, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Shape up quickly—applies to fish, too

Fish can live in almost any aquatic environment on Earth, but when the climate changes and temperatures go up many species are pushed to the limit. The amount of time needed to adjust to new conditions could prove critical ...

dateSep 30, 2014 in Ecology
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Cold atom laboratory chills atoms to new lows

(Phys.org) —NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument leading up to its debut on the International ...

dateSep 29, 2014 in General Physics
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Soft design for a sustainable world

"Around the world at unprecedented rates, people are moving from the country to the city," says Sheila Kennedy, professor of the practice at MIT's Department of Architecture. "But this rapid urbanization is not a one-way ...

dateSep 24, 2014 in Energy & Green Tech
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Getting to the root of the problem in space

When we go to Mars, will astronauts be able to grow enough food there to maintain a healthy diet? Will they be able to produce food in NASA's Orion spacecraft on the year-long trip to Mars? How about growing food on Earth ...

dateSep 23, 2014 in Space Exploration
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