Learning from sand castles to build future chips
In the United States, data centers already consume two percent of the electricity available with consumption doubling every five years. In theory, at this rate, a supercomputer in the year 2050 will require ...
Higher grain prices could have long-lasting effect on livestock sector
High grain prices continue to take a toll on the livestock sector as higher feed costs erode profit margins and lower bids for beef cattle, pork and related markets, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economist.
Every atom counts in graphene formation
(Phys.org)—Like tiny ships finding port in a storm, carbon atoms dock with the greater island of graphene in a predictable manner. But until recent research by scientists at Rice University, nobody had ...
Europe cereal crop harvest drops just 2.2%
The drought experienced in some parts of the world is unlikely to impact heavily on Europe's crop harvests, the European Commission said Friday in its production forecast for 2012-2013.
ISU experts predict rise in 2013 grocery prices to reflect today's high grain costs
(Phys.org)—Americans can expect to pay more for groceries due to high commodity prices driven by this year's drought, but food prices likely won't hit their peak for a few months, said ISU grain market ...
All about dust
(Phys.org)—The space between stars is not empty—it contains copious amounts of gas and dust. Astronomers estimate that about 5-10% of the total mass of our Milky Way galaxy is contained in the interstellar ...
Engineers achieve longstanding goal of stable nanocrystalline metals
Most metals—from the steel used to build bridges and skyscrapers to the copper and gold used to form wires in microchips—are made of crystals: orderly arrays of molecules forming a perfectly repeating ...
New plant databases and models could lead to more nutritious foods
(Phys.org)—Creating virtual plants could solve real problems, such as reducing vitamin deficiencies in humans, according to University of Florida researchers.
Friendships promote better farming in developing countries
A study that examined how rural farmers in Ethiopia learn new farming techniques and adopt them on their own farms discovered that learning from a friend was a stronger motivator than learning from neighbors in close proximity.
Electrophilic sneeze: Terpenoids isolated from common ragweed show ability to induce airways irritation
(Phys.org) -- Allergy to pollen of common ragweed is increasingly affecting patients and is second only to grass pollen in terms of incidence in the general population of many European countries. An Italian ...
Early weaning, DDGS feed could cut costs for cattle producers
If the drought forces producers to feed a larger portion of distillers dried grains with solubles, cattle can maintain gains and improve meat quality if the animals are weaned early, a Purdue University scientist has shown.
US 'extreme drought' zones triple in size
The drought in America's breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world's key producer are decimated.
Helping pigs to digest phosphorus
Phosphorus is a vital nutrient for pig growth, but pigs do not always digest it well. Research conducted at the University of Illinois has determined how adding various levels of the enzyme phytase to the diet improves how ...
Oil spill causes massive harm to microscopic creatures
(Phys.org) -- Oiled seabirds and turtles may have been the dominant images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but new research indicates there was also massive harm to microscopic creatures in coastal sands, lasting months ...