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Earth and Beyond

How To Listen To The Perseids

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, and you happen to be viewing the Perseid meteor shower as it hits peak activity later this week and early next week, you might want to put on some wire-rimmed glasses...not to see better, but to hear better. Such glasses are ...

Earth and Beyond

Could Ammonia Work As A Fuel Alternative?

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Currently being tested at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a technique to create ammonia by pulling hydrogen from water vapor through an electrically-charged membrane before combining it with nitrogen. This type of synthesis, if it works as expected ...

Earth and Beyond

The Heat, in Global Context

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about 1 year ago

If you are feeling hot today, you certainly are not alone. Nearly every state in the U.S. is experiencing temperatures in the 90s or above. And the U.S. is not alone.  And we're not just talking about the current heat wave.  The June numbers have been crunched and, according to NOAA, the ...