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Physicists may have discovered a fifth force of nature

Physicists tell us the universe is controlled by just four fundamental forces. Gravity and electromagnetism operate on a scale we can readily recognize, while the strong and weak forces act on the atomic level to connect atoms or break them…

‘4°C of global warming is optimal’ – even Nobel Prize winners are getting things catastrophically wrong – The Conversation UK

William Nordhaus was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics for “integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis”. This implies that he worked out what global heating means for our economy, given what climate scientists say will happen to our…

Why Chuck Schumer Is Completely Wrong About Electric Cars

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer has proposed a law requiring every car in America to be electric by 2040. Sorry, Senator — “not gonna happen,” to use President George H.W. Bush’s iconic phrase. And anyway, it wouldn’t begin to make…

Post-lithium technology

(Wiley) Next-generation batteries will probably see the replacement of lithium ions by more abundant and environmentally benign alkali metal or multivalent ions. A major challenge, however, is the development of stable electrodes that combine high energy densities with fast charge and discharge rates. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, US and Chinese scientists report a high-performance cathode made of an organic polymer to be used in low-cost, environmentally benign, and durable sodium-ion batteries.

Sorry, Greta: The Nobel Committee Has A Reputation To Recover

Well, surprise, surprise: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2019 peace prize to someone who at least worked on promoting actual …. peace. Here’s the johnny-on-the-spot Guardian, which sets such store by such awards: “The Norwegian Nobel committee…

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Honors Shift Toward a ‘Fossil Fuel-Free World’

The Three Winners Developed Lithium-Ion Batteries that Made Electric Vehicles and Battery Storage for Solar and Wind Power Possible  As Climate Solutions. When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday to three…

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019: How cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is being awarded jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for identifying molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen.

Molecular nanocarbons with mechanical bonds

(Japan Science and Technology Agency) Scientists at Nagoya University have succeeded in synthesizing molecular nanocarbons with knots and catenanes by using a novel method in which silicon atoms are used. The epoch-making product of this research will pave the way to the development of new nanocarbon materials with complex geometric structures.

The American Institute of Physics announces 2019 Science Communication Award winners

(American Institute of Physics) The winners of the 2019 AIP Science Communication Awards are announced for their topical works on robotics inspired by animals, the nature of the universe, climate change, the awe and excitement of space, and the mystery of black holes. The winners are David L. Hu, Marcia Bartusiak, Nathaniel Rich, Raman Prinja, and Rushmore DeNooyer.

Climate Change And Greta’s Superpower: ‘Neurodiversity’

The U.N. afforded Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger syndrome an opportunity to speak before the General Assembly regarding the rapidly approaching collapse of the Earth’s fragile climate. Wednesday’s release of a new U.N. report warning that the…