Coal burns cleaner when you add oat hulls

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Scientists wondered what would happen if you burned biomass in a controlled environment, such as in a power plant, that at least partially replaces using a fossil fuel. To find out they examined practices...

Teeth link ‘Darwinius’ fossil to lemurs not monkeys

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The fossil Darwinius is the best preserved primate known to exist. The scientists who discovered it thought the 47-million-year-old fossil was closely related to squirrel monkeys. But a new examination of the sequence in which adult teeth come in—known as dental...

ExoMars 2016 targets March launch window

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A problem recently discovered in two sensors in the propulsion system of the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module has prompted the recommendation to move the launch of the ExoMars 2016 mission, initially foreseen...

How to prep forests for wildfires to come

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In a decade strung with devastating fire seasons, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most destructive wildfire seasons yet. Nearly 9 million acres have burned this year across the nation. And...

Closer look debunks ‘pause’ in global warming

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The hiatus in the recent rate of global warming you may have heard about didn’t really happen, say researchers. The apparent lull is actually an artifact arising from faulty statistical methods, they report in Climatic Change. The study...

Alpine plants fight for turf as temperatures rise

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Rising temperatures are forcing wild animals and plants to escape the heat by moving into new habitats at higher elevations. For alpine plants, this means that they may soon be facing competition from species that...

Tricky math solves old Arctic ice mystery

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To answer a 40-year-old question about Arctic ice thickness, scientists have treated the ice floes of the frozen seas like colliding molecules in a fluid or gas. Although today’s highly precise satellites do a fine...

How ‘good’ bacteria make E. coli worse

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Some people get extremely sick and even die after being infected by a particular strain of foodborne E.coli, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now scientists believe they have figured out why. Over...

How your brain quickly yells ‘Stop!’

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Researchers have found the part of the brain that directs us to make split-second changes in actions—like when a driver slams on the brakes or a batter checks a swing when a pitch suddenly...

This pre-reptile was first to stand like a cow

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The bones of Bunostegos akokanensis, a 260-million-year-old pre-reptile, suggest it likely stood upright on all fours like a cow or a hippo, making it the earliest known creature to do so. To date all of...
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