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Earth and Beyond

Big History: A Story For Everyone

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3 months ago

When thinking about the story of mankind what comes to mind? Politics? Monkeys? Maybe the use of tools and language; culture, economics, technology… how about fire? Depending on your disposition this notion could pull you in several different directions. It’s a matter of perspective; and though we ...

Earth and Beyond

Bringing Sunlight To Windowless Rooms

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5 months ago

What's the Latest Development? University of Cincinnati researchers Jason Heikenfeld and Anton Harfmann have designed a system, SmartLight, that captures sunlight and channels it to make less-well-lit rooms much brighter. It works by manipulating the surface tension of fluid embedded in tiny ...

Earth and Beyond

These Solar Cells Literally Rock Out

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6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Researchers at two London universities covered zinc oxide nanorods with a polymer in order to create a working solar cell. They then experimented with the piezoelectric effect -- a material's ability to produce voltage under certain types of pressure or strain ...

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The Amazon Rain Forest Is Getting Drier

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6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A team of University of Texas-Austin scientists examined rainfall patterns across the southern Amazon rain forest over the past three decades and used data simulations from several different climate models. Their results, published this week in Proceedings of the ...