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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…

Bison in northern Yellowstone proving to be too much of a good thing

(Oregon State University) Increasing numbers of bison in Yellowstone National Park in recent years have become a barrier to ecosystem recovery in the iconic Lamar Valley in the northern part of the park.

Wonderchicken fossil casts new light on bird evolution

The oldest known bird fossil, from the age of dinosaurs, has skull features similar to modern chickens. The scientists who found it have nicknamed it “Wonderchicken.” It’s providing valuable insights into the evolution of birds.

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Scientists program cells to carry out gene-guided construction projects

Researchers developed a technique called genetically targeted chemical assembly, or GTCA, which they used to assemble electronically active biopolymer meshes on mammalian brain cells and on neurons in C. elegans. The polymers changed the firing rates of neurons in mammalian cells and altered C. elegans crawling behavior. GTCA was also tested on kidney cells and should work with other cell types.

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Fear Of (Everybody Else) Flying

Just over a year ago, newly elected U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) shocked the world by proposing a Green New Deal. One of its more controversial provisions was a proposal to build high-speed rail…

How to help your community during a pandemic

In times, like these seniors may especially appreciate the company. (Photo: Mangostar/Shutterstock) A pandemic doesn’t always bring out the best in humanity. A visit to the toilet paper aisle at your local grocery store will confirm that. But there’s a…

Have the first proteins been found in meteorites?

Researchers say they’ve discovered the first complete proteins inside 2 meteorites. It’s tantalizing, since proteins play a key role in the cells of living creatures. But will the results hold up to scrutiny?

PBS’ Amanpour Finds Eco ‘Silver Lining’ In COVID-19 Outbreak

On Monday’s Amanpour & Co., PBS/CNN International host Christiane Amanpour echoed climate alarmists who have suggested that the Coronavirus has been good for the climate by depressing human activity as she suggested there has been a “silver lining” for the…

How communication about environmental issues can bridge the political divide

(Ohio State University) A relatively new theory that identifies universal concerns underlying human judgment could be key to helping people with opposing views on an issue coax each other to a different way of thinking, new research suggests.