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Ocean creatures keep millions of viruses at bay

The rainforest has long been a cradle for virus-kind. HIV, ebola and yellow fever all started out in those lush fortresses of biodiversity. But when it comes to harboring viruses, the rainforest has nothing on the ocean. Scientists have tallied…

Bandwagon Of Weather Doom Washed Away By Tidal Wave Of Data

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for each degree of global warming, the amount of water vapor in the air should increase by about 6-7%. As with so many things the IPCC talks about, this small change…

What is a solar tower and how does it work?

A solar tower, also known as a solar power tower, is a way to concentrate solar power to make it a more powerful energy source. Solar towers are sometimes also called heliostat power plants because they use a collection of…

Fatal eruption triggered a 'volcanic freeze'

On Dec. 22, 2018, the Anak Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia erupted in a violent display of ash and lava. The event was so powerful that it caused an underwater collapse of the southwest portion of the volcano, reducing its height…

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Most of Earth’s carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years

Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet’s geologic processes — not to mention the impact that carbon released by human activity has on the planet’s atmosphere and oceans. Despite this, the total amount of carbon on Earth remains a mystery, because much of it remains inaccessible in the planet’s depths.

4 things you can do for science from home

You might be surprised by how much you can do for the world from home. (Photo: Sunny studio/Shutterstock) Eventually, even Netflix will run its course. There’s only so many seasons of so many shows you can soak up from self-imposed…

Most of Earth’s carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years

(Smithsonian) A team of scientists reports March 30 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences how carbon behaved during Earth’s violent formative period. The findings can help scientists understand how much carbon likely exists in the planet’s core and the ways it influences chemical and dynamic activities that shape the world, including the convective motion that powers the magnetic field that protects Earth from cosmic radiation.

Uncertain climate future could disrupt energy systems

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) An international team of scientists has published a new study proposing an optimization methodology for designing climate-resilient energy systems and to help ensure that communities will be able to meet future energy needs given weather and climate variability. Their findings were recently published in Nature Energy.

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On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products

Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon dioxide and water into organic molecules and oxygen. On Earth, such a biohybrid could remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On Mars, it would provide colonists with raw material to manufacture organic compounds ranging from fuels to drugs. The efficiency is greater than the photosynthetic efficiency of most plants.