Daily Archives: July 7, 2019

Solubility mystery of widely-used plastic solved

Computer simulations of PEG and POM molecules in water. Left: PEG molecules dissolve in water. Center: POM molecules do not dissolve in water, but stick together in a lump. Right: When the charge of the oxygen atoms is changed to the value in PEG, the POM molecules rapidly dissolve. Credit: …

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How scientists used NASA data to predict appearance of July 2 eclipse

Animation comparing the predicted appearance of the Sun’s corona during the July 2, 2019, eclipse with a photo of the actual event. Credit: Eclipse prediction (blue image): Predictive Science Inc.; Eclipse photograph: Williams College/NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division/Jay Pasachoff/David Sliski/Alan Sliski/Christian Lockwood/John Inoue/Erin Meadors/Aris Voulgaris/Kevin Reardon As sunset drew …

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24-hour webcast shows star Thai sea cows

Mariam captured hearts in viral social media posts last month, while Jamil washed ashore further up the coast a week ago A round-the-clock webcast starring two beloved baby dugongs in Thailand named Mariam and Jamil went live Sunday, allowing a more in-depth look at the celebrity sea cows. Mariam captured …

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New approach to energy strategy accounts for uncertainty

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many countries—including Switzerland—are developing an energy strategy to meet various objectives such as reducing reliance on fossil fuels, cutting CO2 emissions and promoting the energy transition. That means governments have to make important decisions about which power sources to prioritize in the future and what technologies …

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Turning food waste into bioplastics

At UC’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Dr Alex Yip is leading research into food waste conversion. Credit: University of Canterbury An ingenious new solution being engineered at the University of Canterbury (UC) aims to turn food waste into valuable chemical components that could be used to make bioplastics. …

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