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Rare UV-C Light Rays Remove Coronavirus From Surfaces

SANTA BARBARA, California, April 23, 2020 (ENS) – As the world races to find vaccines, therapies and cures for the deadly respiratory disease COVID-19, the deep ultraviolet color of rare UV-C light rays may soon be seen cleaning surfaces, as well as air and water, contaminated with the novel coronavirus that causes the disease. […]

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MIT Engineers Find New Way to Remove CO2 From Air

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, October 29, 2019 (ENS) – A new way of removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from a stream of air could provide a valuable tool in the battle against climate change say the engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, who developed the new system. […]

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Carbon-neutral Fuel Created from Sunlight and Air

ZURICH, Switzerland, June 25, 2019 (ENS) – An innovative technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels from only sunlight and air has been developed by researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, known as ETH Zurich. For the first time anywhere in the world, scientists have demonstrated the entire thermochemical process chain… […]

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Nano Villain Blamed for Oil Pipeline Corrosion

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, June 7, 2019 (ENS) – A form of nanoscale corrosion is responsible for unpredictable breaks in the steel pipelines that carry oil, decreasing their working life, new research has found. The universal use of steel in pipeline infrastructure makes aqueous steel corrosion a global concern, with negative effects in most industrial sectors. […]

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Seeing the Unseeable: First Image of a Black Hole

WASHINGTON, DC, April 11, 2019 (ENS) – An international team of scientists has for the first time captured an image of a black hole. Revealed Wednesday by researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope, the image shows a bright ring of material surrounding a dark center … […]

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Here Come the RoboBees: Autonomous Flying Microrobots

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, February 19, 2019 (ENS) – Inspired by the biology of a bee, researchers at the Wyss Institute have developed RoboBees – constructed systems that can do tasks such as pollinating crops, going on search and rescue missions or conducting climate and environmental monitoring. […]

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Plasticizers Inhibit Fertility in Female Mice

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, February 7, 2019 (ENS) – A phthalate found in many plastic and personal care products may decrease fertility in female mice, new research has found. Phthalates are used as plasticizers, substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. […]

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China Will Launch Artificial Moon to Light City Streets

CHENGDU, China, October 22, 2018 (ENS) – China is preparing to launch the world’s first artificial moon to increase light on city streets at night. By 2020, China plans to place an illumination satellite that will act an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, a city of 14 million that is the capital of Sichuan province.. […]

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Novel 4D Scanning Predicts Volcanic Activity

MANCHESTER, UK, June 7, 2018 (ENS) – British scientists are using the latest in 4D technology to predict the behavior of lava flows and what that means for volcanic eruptions. The findings explain why some lava flows move slowly yet others can cover kilometers in just a few hours. […]

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Rare Earth Elements Discovered in American Coal

WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2018 (ENS) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has found high concentrations of rare earth elements in coal samples taken from five American coal basins.  Currently, China controls about 98 percent of the world market for these critical minerals. […]

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Wearable Bio-batteries Use Bacteria to Generate Power

BINGHAMTON, New York, December 7, 2017 (ENS) – In the future, people could wear garments that incorporate power-generating bacteria to support electronic devices. A textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery has been created by a research team at Binghamton University, State University of New York. […]

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Grab Your Eclipse Glasses, Here It Comes!

NEWPORT, Oregon, August 20, 2017 (ENS) – The first total solar eclipse since 1979 to be visible across North America starts early Monday morning, prompting hundreds of celebrations, festivals, star-viewing parties, exhibits, astronomy teachings and citizen science events. […]

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Scientists Urge New Research Integrity Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2017 (ENS) – The United States should establish an independent, nonprofit Research Integrity Advisory Board to support ongoing efforts to strengthen research integrity, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. […]

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First NanoCar Race Heralds ‘Dawn of Atom Technology’

TOULOUSE, France, March 23, 2017 (ENS) – NanoCars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race to be held on April 28-29 in Toulouse. The vehicles, which consist of just a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hour-long race. […]

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Biotech Explosion Will ‘Overwhelm’ Regulators, Panel

WASHINGTON, DC, March 14, 2017 (ENS) – So many biotechnology products are expected to come to market over the next five to 10 years, that their number and diversity could “overwhelm the U.S. regulatory system,” advises a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. […]

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Earth’s Earliest Organisms Lived in Submarine Vents

LONDON, UK, March 1, 2017 (ENS) – Direct evidence of the oldest life forms ever found on Earth – the fossilized remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old – has been discovered by an international team led by scientists with the University College London. […]

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NASA Discovers Seven Earth-Size Exoplanets

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2017 (ENS) – Seven Earth-sized planets have been found by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope around a small, relatively nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star. Three of these planets are located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water… […]