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Plant Plastics Seed New Tech, from Miatas to Tea Bags

Plant Plastics Seed New Tech, from Miatas to Tea Bags

Jacqueline Conciatore is a science writer for the U.S. National Science Foundation. Every year in the United States, more governments enact such restrictions, which are part of a larger shift away from petroleum-based plastic. Bioplastics are made wholly or in part from renewable biomass sources such as sugarcane and corn, or from the digest of microbes such as yeast. Some bioplastics are biode…

  • Ancient Bolivians Stripped Flesh from Dead Bodies in Ritual Complex
    Ancient Bolivians Stripped Flesh from Dead Bodies in Ritual Complex LiveScience.com - 5 hours ago

    At an ancient ritual complex in Bolivia, archaeologists discovered the ruins of a room where dead bodies were dissolved down to their bones in sizzling pots of caustic … More »Ancient Bolivians Stripped Flesh from Dead Bodies in Ritual Complex

    Ancient Bolivians Stripped Flesh from Dead Bodies in Ritual Complex

    At an ancient ritual complex in Bolivia, archaeologists discovered the ruins of a room where dead bodies were dissolved down to their bones in sizzling pots of caustic chemicals. Founded during the late first century A.D., the site known as Khonkho Wankane was one of the smaller ceremonial centers to pop up in the Andes …

  • DNA may predict when and how we're going to die ANI - 10 hours ago

    Washington, Mar. 02 (ANI): The DNA strands on the end of chromosomes may help predict when people are going to die. BYU biologist Jonathan Alder stated that, DNA end … More »DNA may predict when and how we're going to die

    Washington, Mar. 02 (ANI): The DNA strands on the end of chromosomes may help predict when people are going to die. BYU biologist Jonathan Alder stated that, DNA end caps, called telomeres, are the great predictors of life expectancy: the shorter your telomeres, the shorter your lifespan. Shorter telomeres also indicate …

  • Iran says ready to let in Google, other Internet firms AFP - Sun, 1 Mar, 2015

    Tehran (AFP) - Iran could allow Internet giants such as Google to operate in the Islamic republic if they respect its "cultural" rules, Fars news agency said … More »Iran says ready to let in Google, other Internet firms

    Tehran (AFP) - Iran could allow Internet giants such as Google to operate in the Islamic republic if they respect its "cultural" rules, Fars news agency said Sunday quoting a senior official.

  • A worker cleans photovoltaic solar panels inside a solar power plant at Raisan village near Gandhinagar
    India says clean energy a $160 billion opportunity over five years Reuters - Fri, 27 Feb, 2015

    India's renewable energy industry is likely to generate business opportunities worth $160 billion in the next five years, the Economic Survey said on Friday, the day … More »India says clean energy a $160 billion opportunity over five years

    A worker cleans photovoltaic solar panels inside a solar power plant at Raisan village near Gandhinagar

    India's renewable energy industry is likely to generate business opportunities worth $160 billion in the next five years, the Economic Survey said on Friday, the day before a budget that is set to boost clean energy funding. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is banking on renewables to fight climate change rather than committing …

  • A truck engine is tested for pollution near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California
    Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty Reuters - Fri, 27 Feb, 2015

    By Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to … More »Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

    A truck engine is tested for pollution near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California

    By Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, …

  • 'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps
    'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps LiveScience.com - Thu, 26 Feb, 2015

    A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region. This gene seems … More »'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

    'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

    A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region. This gene seems to be uniquely human: It is found in modern-day humans, Neanderthals and another branch of extinct humans called Denisovans, but not in chimpanzees.  …

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks on stage during the plenary session titled "Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 Instead of 2134 ?" at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New York
    Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties Reuters - Thu, 26 Feb, 2015

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists … More »Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks on stage during the plenary session titled "Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 Instead of 2134 ?" at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New York

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she would be the natural candidate to support for president. The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's environmental record has come …

  • Earth's Worst Mass Extinction Preserved Ancient Footprints LiveScience.com - Thu, 26 Feb, 2015

    Earth's worst mass extinction may have created ideal conditions for preserving the ancient footprints of giant reptiles on the muddy ocean floor, according to a new study. … More »Earth's Worst Mass Extinction Preserved Ancient Footprints

    Earth's worst mass extinction may have created ideal conditions for preserving the ancient footprints of giant reptiles on the muddy ocean floor, according to a new study. Researchers found a spike in fossilized tracks of tetrapods (these early four-limbed vertebrates include amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) during …

  • Confirmed: Space Rock Created Swedish Lake
    Confirmed: Space Rock Created Swedish Lake LiveScience.com - Thu, 26 Feb, 2015

    After two centuries of arguing about its origin, scientists have finally confirmed that Hummeln Lake in southern Sweden is an impact crater. Hummeln Lake's rounded shoreline … More »Confirmed: Space Rock Created Swedish Lake

    Confirmed: Space Rock Created Swedish Lake

    After two centuries of arguing about its origin, scientists have finally confirmed that Hummeln Lake in southern Sweden is an impact crater. Hummeln Lake's rounded shoreline first drew interest from scientists as far back as the 1820s, but it wasn't identified as a possible impact crater until the 1960s, said Carl Alwmark, …

  • Ancient Croc with 'Shovel Mouth' Likely Enjoyed Clam Dinners
    Ancient Croc with 'Shovel Mouth' Likely Enjoyed Clam Dinners LiveScience.com - Wed, 25 Feb, 2015

    A peg-toothed crocodile relative with a mouth like a shovel lived in the prehistoric swamps of Peru about 13 million years ago, a new study finds. The newly discovered … More »Ancient Croc with 'Shovel Mouth' Likely Enjoyed Clam Dinners

    Ancient Croc with 'Shovel Mouth' Likely Enjoyed Clam Dinners

    A peg-toothed crocodile relative with a mouth like a shovel lived in the prehistoric swamps of Peru about 13 million years ago, a new study finds. The newly discovered reptile (Gnatusuchus pebasensis) is one of seven types of extinct crocodylians researchers found recently near the Amazon River in northeastern Peru. Two …

  • Crocodiles, not dinosaurs ruled Earth 13mln yrs ago ANI - Wed, 25 Feb, 2015

    Washington, Feb 25 (ANI): Scientists have found that it weren't the dinosaurs who ruled Earth 13 million years ago in Peru, it were the crocodiles. There were at least … More »Crocodiles, not dinosaurs ruled Earth 13mln yrs ago

    Washington, Feb 25 (ANI): Scientists have found that it weren't the dinosaurs who ruled Earth 13 million years ago in Peru, it were the crocodiles. There were at least 7 different species of the reptile that hunted in the lakes, swamps and rivers of the massive wetland region that pre-dated the Amazon basin, the Mirror …

  • Chockablock with crocs: 7 species rocked ancient Amazon basin Reuters - Tue, 24 Feb, 2015

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If one croc is reason enough to stay out of the water, how about dipping your toes in a place with seven different croc species … More »Chockablock with crocs: 7 species rocked ancient Amazon basin

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If one croc is reason enough to stay out of the water, how about dipping your toes in a place with seven different croc species including two 26-foot (8-meter) monsters, all living side by side eating just about anything that moves? With powerful jaws and teeth, 26-foot Purussaurus …

  • Handout of a model of a life reconstruction of the head of Gnatusuchus pebasenis, 13-million-year-old, short-faced crocodile
    Chockablock with crocs: Seven species rocked ancient Amazon basin Reuters - Tue, 24 Feb, 2015

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If one croc is reason enough to stay out of the water, how about dipping your toes in a place with seven different croc species … More »Chockablock with crocs: Seven species rocked ancient Amazon basin

    Handout of a model of a life reconstruction of the head of Gnatusuchus pebasenis, 13-million-year-old, short-faced crocodile

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If one croc is reason enough to stay out of the water, how about dipping your toes in a place with seven different croc species including two 26-foot (8-meter) monsters, all living side by side eating just about anything that moves? With powerful jaws and teeth, 26-foot Purussaurus …

  • 3D Printing Puts Giant Star System in Palm of Your Hand
    3D Printing Puts Giant Star System in Palm of Your Hand SPACE.com - Tue, 24 Feb, 2015

    Eta Carinae is the brightest and most massive star system within 10,000 light-years of Earth, and consists of two stars surrounded by luminous shells of gas. But the … More »3D Printing Puts Giant Star System in Palm of Your Hand

    3D Printing Puts Giant Star System in Palm of Your Hand

    Eta Carinae is the brightest and most massive star system within 10,000 light-years of Earth, and consists of two stars surrounded by luminous shells of gas. But the simulations were difficult to decipher on a computer screen, so the scientists used a 3D printer to bring features of Eta Carinae to life in three dimensions. …

  • Solar power set to become cheapest source of energy over next decade, German think tank says ABC - Tue, 24 Feb, 2015

    Solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world within the next 10 years, according to a new report released by German think … More »Solar power set to become cheapest source of energy over next decade, German think tank says

    Solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world within the next 10 years, according to a new report released by German think tank, Agora Energiewende.