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Scientists Accidentally Convert CO2 into Ethanol, Potentially Solve Climate Change

Scientists Accidentally Convert CO2 into Ethanol, Potentially Solve Climate Change | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Global warming is largely caused by carbon dioxide. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory just figured out a way to change it into something better. 
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Blu-ray discs as solar panels?

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You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent shine are also at work on Blu-ray. All are examples of what physicists call structural color, which are colors created not from pigments, but from translucent, microscopic shapes that capture light and reflect it in such a way that it appears colored to the human eye.
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Can taming wild plants help feed a crowded planet?

Can taming wild plants help feed a crowded planet? | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Some scientists dream of a future in which people can add sorghum, intermediate wheatgrass and other currently wild perennial plants to their diet. In St.
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How an Elephant Loses Its Tusks - Issue 41: Selection - Nautilus

How an Elephant Loses Its Tusks - Issue 41: Selection - Nautilus | Popular Science | Scoop.it
It takes a moment to register what’s missing from the elephants of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique: Many of the females don’t…
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Vast Pile of Plant Skeletons Hides in the Great Barrier Reef

Vast Pile of Plant Skeletons Hides in the Great Barrier Reef | Popular Science | Scoop.it
New scans of the structures—termed bioherms—reveal odd nets, rings, and ripples of unknown origin
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The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus

The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Thirst is harder for trees to endure than hunger, because they can satisfy their hunger whenever they want. Like a baker who always…
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Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Tardigrades Are So Indestructible

Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Tardigrades Are So Indestructible | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are microscopic animals capable of withstanding some of the most severe environmental conditions. Researchers from Japan have now created the most accurate picture yet of the tardigrade genome, revealing the neat tricks it uses to stay alive.
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Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created | Elsa Panciroli

Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created | Elsa Panciroli | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Reconstruction is based on studies of a spectacular fossil from China, preserved with skin and pigments intact
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DNA reveals that giraffes are four species — not one

DNA reveals that giraffes are four species — not one | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Finding could alter conservation strategies for long-necked animals.
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Stunning Videos of Evolution in Action

Stunning Videos of Evolution in Action | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The MEGA-plate allows scientists to watch bacteria adapting to antibiotics before their eyes.
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The Long History of Humans Taming Plants on Planet Earth

The Long History of Humans Taming Plants on Planet Earth | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A collection of plant histories, when and where humans domesticated them, with a table of dates and places and links to the stories themselves.
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Back to the Lecture - ACS Central Science (ACS Publications)

Back to the Lecture - ACS Central Science (ACS Publications) | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Teaching the STEM field - tell a story and practice a lot!
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The World’s Oldest Fossils Are 3.7 Billion Years Old

The World’s Oldest Fossils Are 3.7 Billion Years Old | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The newly discovered rocks suggest that life arose very quickly after the Earth was formed.
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Mysterious origin of European bison revealed using DNA and cave art

Mysterious origin of European bison revealed using DNA and cave art | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Threatened forest icon may be a hybrid of two extinct species.
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Business backs the basics

Business backs the basics | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, a number of leaders from major U.S. corporations gathered at Sunnylands in California to discuss the critical importance of basic scientific research.
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Silkworms Spin Super-Silk After Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene

Silkworms Spin Super-Silk After Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The strong, conductive material could be used for wearable electronics and medical implants, researchers say 
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This Is the Perfect Tomato... But supermarkets refuse to sell it

This Is the Perfect Tomato... But supermarkets refuse to sell it | Popular Science | Scoop.it
This Is the Perfect Tomato... But supermarkets refuse to sell it By Mark Schatzker | JULY 16 2015 Tomato lovers, rejoice, for science has achieved the impossible: the perfect supermarket tomato
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The Viruses That Made Us Human — NOVA Next | PBS

The Viruses That Made Us Human — NOVA Next | PBS | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Viruses that infected our ancestors provided the genetic foundations for many traits that define us.
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How cats conquered the world (and a few Viking ships)

How cats conquered the world (and a few Viking ships) | Popular Science | Scoop.it
First large-scale study of ancient feline DNA charts domestication in Near East and Egypt and the global spread of house cats.
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Rattlesnakes silently shook their tails before evolving rattles

Rattlesnakes silently shook their tails before evolving rattles | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Which came first, the rattle or the shake? A study of some 50 species of venomous and non-venomous snakes suggests the behaviour existed long before the tool
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A novel compound protects, cures malaria in mice

A novel compound protects, cures malaria in mice | Popular Science | Scoop.it
In a major discovery, scientists from Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, New Delhi’s International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and other institutions have found a series of novel compounds (bicyclic azetidine series)...
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France most skeptical country about vaccine safety

France most skeptical country about vaccine safety | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Massive new survey assesses global confidence in immunization
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CRISPR-Modified Corn May Soon Be Ready For Market

CRISPR-Modified Corn May Soon Be Ready For Market | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Researchers at DuPont Pioneer have published a study about a strain of corn engineered with CRISPR to be more resistant to drought. Once it receives government approval, this could soon be the first-ever CRISPR-modified crop to go on sale.
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FDA bans common ingredients in antibacterial soaps and body washes

FDA bans common ingredients in antibacterial soaps and body washes | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The agency said that makers of some products had failed to prove they were better than plain soap and water in stopping the spread of infections.
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Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber

Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Bone, tissue, and feathers show the almost 100-million-year-old wings are remarkably similar to those on modern birds.
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