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6% of All Methane Emissions Occur During Fracking

July 29, 2015 | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

In this short video, hear from Anthony Ingraffea, hydraulic fracturing expert and retired professor of engineering at Cornell University, on the impacts fracking can have on climate change, especially considering the amount of dangerous methane that can leak into the atmosphere during the extraction process.


Ants Use ‘Combs,’ ‘Brushes’ to Clean Their Antennae

July 28, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Comments

Using unique mechanical experiments and close-up video, researchers have shown how ants use microscopic “combs” and “brushes” to keep their antennae clean, which could have applications for developing cleaners for nanotechnology.


Worms May Shed Light on Human Heart

July 27, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Rob Matheson | Comments

Tasting and spitting out toxic food is a survival trait shared by many complex organisms. Now, researchers have shown that a simple roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans, has the ability to spit out potentially deadly substances— a finding that could have surprising implications for human heart research.


Invisibility Cloaks May Be Possible

July 24, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

Celebrate the International Year of Light by exploring the science behind light, sight and invisibility.


Model May Solve Supernova Mystery

July 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | Comments

Giant stars die a violent death. After a life of several million years, they collapse into themselves and then explode in what is known as a supernova. How these stars explode remains a mystery. However, recent work may bring some answers to this astronomical question.


Can Fracking Be Our Main Energy Source?

July 22, 2015 8:59 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

While renewable energy research, like wind and solar, continues, the U.S. has turned to hydraulic fracturing as an untapped energy source in recent years. In this short video, hear from Charles Mason, professor at the University of Wyoming, on the economics behind the fracking process. 


Chemistry of Wine

July 22, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

If you're stumped in the wine aisle of the store, then you're not alone. Every bottle has unique nuances of taste and smell.


Origins of Life May Be Seen in a Drying Puddle

July 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Anyone who’s ever noticed a water puddle drying in the sun has seen an environment that may have driven the type of chemical reactions that scientists believe were critical to the formation of life on the early Earth.


The Secret to the Sea Sapphire’s Colors—and Invisibility

July 15, 2015 8:32 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Sapphirina, or sea sapphire, has been called “the most beautiful animal you’ve never seen,” and it could be one of the most magical. Some of the tiny, little-known copepods appear to flash in and out of brilliantly colored blue, violet or red existence. Now scientists are figuring out the trick to their hues and their invisibility. 


Water: The Ultimate Green Solvent, Or is it?

July 9, 2015 9:46 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

Everyone wants to contribute to the sustainability movement—being green is the way to go. In this short video, hear from Philip Jessop, a leader in green chemistry, on why the "greener" solvent option is not always the most obvious. Take water, for example...


This Town Has Been on Fire for 53 Years

July 8, 2015 7:00 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

In 1962, an underground fire started in the coal-mining town of Centralia, Penn. Fifty-three years later, that fire still burns. No one knows how it started, but the leading theory today is that burning trash near an old mine entrance accidentally ignited the coal beneath, and then spread. 


Did That Honey Actually Come from Bees? NMR Will Tell You

July 7, 2015 9:39 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

Food fraud is a global problem—whether it is horsemeat sold as beef or drug cartels limiting access to limes.In this one-minute video, hear from Frank Laukien, President and CEO of Bruker Corp., on how new NMR spectroscopy techniques can help identify unauthentic food.


Pac-Man to Gobble Space Debris

July 7, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Comments

The Clean Space One Project has passed a milestone. The space cleanup satellite will deploy a conical net to capture the small SwissCube satellite before destroying it in the atmosphere. It’s one of the solutions being tested for eliminating dangerous debris orbiting the Earth.


Binoculars Can Take You on a Cosmic Journey

July 6, 2015 7:00 am | by NASA | Comments

July's a great month to make a dark sky getaway. Many parks have astronomy programs at night and dark conditions necessary to show off the summer skies.


The Chemistry of Summer's Pretty Insect

July 2, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow. They have reported new evidence of how the beetles’ chemistry works.


Fall of Dinos Meant Rise of Fish

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | Comments

A pair of paleobiologists have determined that the world’s most numerous and diverse vertebrates– ray-finned fishes– began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs.



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