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September 5, 2014

 

a beaker containing electrodes is used to perform water electrolysis

Plant-free Ethanol

Scientists produce ethanol from carbon monoxide—a breakthrough that may provide clean and sustainable energy.

September 4, 2014

 

artists rendering of zombie virus cells

Zombie Plants

These zombies don't go for brains, they're after your flowering plants.

September 3, 2014

 

swimming pool handstand

Killer Chlorine

Small doses disinfect, but large chlorine quantities are deadly to humans.

September 2, 2014

 

Salty dog cocktail in salt-rimmed glass

Salty Seas

Oceans became saline hundreds of millions of years ago as rainfall mixed with sodium from the Earth's crust.

September 1, 2014

 

tomato plant sprouts

Dormant Seeds

Some seeds lie dormant as a survival technique: they wait until weather conditions are optimal to make their big debut.

August 29, 2014

 

Paradise tree snakes coiled around a branch

Flying Snakes

Snakes are best known for their slithering, but scientists have discovered a "flying" species.

August 28, 2014

 

Senior Citizens parking icon

Thinking About Aging

Insecurities about aging can actually cause incompetence and health problems in elderly people.

August 27, 2014

 

The sun, peeking through the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, photographed from the International Space Station.

The Dark Side of the Universe

The curved and expanding universe has no other "side," per se.

August 26, 2014

 

Horse with horseshoes gallops through muddy terrain

Hoofing It

Wild horses don't need horseshoes, but domesticated horses travel paved surfaces that wear down their hoofs at an uncomfortable rate.

August 25, 2014

 

Pluto and its large moon Charon are depicted in this artistâs concept. The distant Sun appears as a very bright star. Prepared for NASA by Norman W. Lee and Stephen Paul Meszaros

Dwarf Planets

Astronomers made a big discovery in determining Pluto's dwarf planet credentials.

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