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Winning Nat Geo photos reveal nature and humanity at their finest

National Geographic asked readers to show them the world, and these photographers didn’t disappoint, offering inspiring images from their travels. For the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, the judges chose winning images in three categories — cities, people and…

Origin of life: A prebiotic route to DNA

DNA, the hereditary material, may have appeared on Earth earlier than has been assumed hitherto. Chemists now show that a simple reaction pathway could have given rise to DNA subunits on the early Earth.

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POLITICS: N.Y. lawmakers agree to historic climate plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said yesterday he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders over a bill to slash New York’s greenhouse gas emissions, setting the stage for one of the most significant climate victories since President Trump took office.

Mid-June Polar Bear Update: Plenty Of Sea Ice For Survival

Here we are at the middle of June when most polar bears are pretty much done with hunting seals for the season. And despite hand-wringing from some quarters, sea ice extent is down only marginally from average at this time…

Guest blog – The Ethics of Animal Exploitation part 2 by Alick Simmons

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35-year career as a Government veterinarian, latterly as the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer. Alick’s lifelong passion is wildlife; he volunteers for…

‘Self-healing’ polymer brings perovskite solar tech closer to market

(Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University) A protective layer of epoxy resin helps prevent the leakage of pollutants from perovskite solar cells (PSCs), report scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). Adding a ‘self-healing’ polymer to the top of a PSC can radically reduce how much lead it discharges into the environment. This gives a strong boost to prospects for commercializing the technology.

Strawberry Moon and Jupiter from dusk to dawn

The crest of the moon’s full phase comes on June 17, 2019, at 8:31 UTC. On both June 16 and 17, the moon will appear full to the eye as it shines close to the king planet Jupiter all night long.

Rather Than End Up in a Landfill, Non-Recyclable Glass May Soon Be a Cheaper New Ingredient in Concrete

Australian researchers have developed an exciting new technique for making concrete out of non-recyclable glass that has been turned back into sand. The team found that ground-up glass can be used specifically to make polymer concrete, a material that uses polymers – typically resins – to replace lime-type cement as a binder for roads. Since […]

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