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A Carbon-Neutral Fuel Alternative

October 1, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

As early as the 1950s, researchers were looking at algae for methane gas production. The algae was grown on rooftops of Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT). Drawings and illustrations of open pond raceways on the roof of Harvard Univ. were also recovered from the 1950s. The reason for this research was algae naturally make oil, and this intrigued researchers as a feedstock for biodiesel.

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9,000-Year-Old Evidence of Decapitation Found in Brazil

September 23, 2015 4:13 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It’s an eerie archaeological find, a human skull with amputated hands resting over the face. In July 2007, archaeologists working at Lapa do Santo, an archaeological site in east-central Brazil, exhumed bone fragments from a ritualized decapitation dating back 9,000 years.


Pope Backs Obama's Climate Plan, Addresses Congress Tomorrow

September 23, 2015 12:16 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Following introductory remarks from President Obama, Pope Francis praised the president’s initiative to reduce air pollution at the White House’s welcome ceremony Wednesday morning.


New Image of Rosy Nebula

September 23, 2015 11:02 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In 1836, astronomer John Herschel published a sketch of a nebula located 5,500 light-years away.


Zipping Micromotors Capture Carbon Dioxide from Water

September 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Carbon dioxide stands as the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human activities.


11,500-Year-Old Evidence of Salmon Fishing Found in Alaska

September 23, 2015 8:40 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

About 300 salmon bone fragments were found at the site.


Sequenced Worm Genome May Yield Stem Cell Insights

September 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hoping to uncover stem cell insights, a team led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory sequenced the genome of the flatworm Macrostomum lignano, an invertebrate named after the Italian beach town it was discovered near.


Apple Removes Infected Apps Following Hack

September 22, 2015 11:25 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Apple has removed apps infected with malicious software from the App Store, which suffered its first large-scale cyberattack. 


NASA Tests New Wing Shape for Mars Planes

September 22, 2015 10:27 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new wing shape from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Langley Researcher Center—which may be outfitted on a future Mars airplane—was recently tested in a wind tunnel, allowing researchers to answer some questions regarding the boomerang wing scheme.


Blue Crabs Tolerate Low Oxygen, Still at Risk to Warming Temperatures

September 22, 2015 9:59 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

With more than 550 dead zones occurring annually worldwide, scientists are attempting to discover the long-term effects dead zones will have on local species. 


Salinity Gradient Energy: A Viable Solution?

September 22, 2015 9:58 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Griffith Univ. researchers explored salinity gradient energy—released when waters with different salinities mix—and how it may help the country reduce reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate climate change impacts.


U.K. Finalizes Funding Deal for Nuclear Power Plant

September 22, 2015 9:57 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne announced on September 20 that the British government finalized the amount it would provide to help finance the construction of a nuclear power plant at Hinckley Point in southwest England that could cost at least £16 billion.


Apple May Introduce First-Ever Electric Car in 2019

September 22, 2015 9:57 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Other details surrounding the car are still shrouded in mystery though.


Your Brain on Fatty Food

September 21, 2015 11:20 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from Vanderbilt Univ.’s Neuroscience Program in Substance Abuse delved into the mechanisms of overeating, and found a high fat diet results in defective signaling in the central nervous system, leading to increased high-fat food consumption.


Finding the “Holy Grail” Treatment for Fatty Livers

September 21, 2015 9:18 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

When Dr. Peter Traber, the president, CEO and chief medical officer of Galectin Therapeutics, was in medical school, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) was an ill-defined liver disease. The disease’s biomarkers, observed in biopsies, were awfully similar to alcohol-induced liver diseases.


An Octopus’ Disappearing Act

September 21, 2015 9:17 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

With its eight skinny tendrils spread out, the southern sand octopus floats for a moment above the sand. Suddenly, it begins sinking, its body and legs swallowed by the gravely bottom. Sand clouds disperse as the octopus disappears. In seconds, the only indicator of disturbance is a slight discoloration where the octopus once floated.



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