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Why are vines overtaking the American tropics?

Sleeping Beauty’s kingdom was overgrown by vines when she fell into a deep sleep. Researchers at the Smithsonian in Panama and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee received more than a million dollars from the U.S. National Science Foundation to…

Biogeochemistry at the core of global environmental solutions

Millbrook, NY — If society wants to address big picture environmental problems, like global climate change, acid rain, and coastal dead zones, we need to pay closer attention to the Earth’s coupled biogeochemical cycles. So reports a special i…

A paperweight for platinum

RICHLAND, Wash. — A new combination of nanoparticles and graphene results in a more durable catalytic material for fuel cells, according to work published today online at the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The catalytic material is n…

Analyzing long-term impacts of biofuel on the land

Madison WI, FEBRUARY 03, 2011 — The growing development and implementation of renewable biofuel energy has considerable advantages over using declining supplies of fossil fuels. However, meeting the demands of a fuel-driven society may require uti…

Curved carbon for electronics of the future

A new scientific discovery could have profound implications for nanoelectronic components. Researchers from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with Japanese researchers, have shown h…

Carbon swap bank to beat climate change

Australian researchers have suggested that nations should abandon the concept of carbon emissions trading in favor of a carbon swap bank that might lead to genuine reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere and…

What can ice reveal about fire?

Scientists studying a column of Antarctic ice spanning 650 years have found evidence for fluctuations in biomass burning–the consumption of wood, peat and other materials in wildfires, cooking fires and communal fires–in the Southern Hemisph…

Researchers create new high-performance fiber

Researchers at Northwestern University have nanoengineered a new kind of fiber that could be tougher than Kevlar.
Working in a multidisciplinary team that includes groups from other universities and the MER Corporation, Horacio Espinosa, James N. …