environment

Researcher makes new plastics in lab faux paus

Researcher makes new plastics in lab faux paus

We all have the occasional oopsie, but rarely does that result in an unexpected creation. IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose hit a pocket of luck, however, accidentally creating the first recyclable durable thermoset plastic in a moment of absent-mindedness. The discovery could result in improved plastics in automobiles and more.

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It’s too late: No stopping melting glaciers says NASA

It’s too late: No stopping melting glaciers says NASA

Glacial melting in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is past the point of no return, NASA has revealed, with research spanning forty years indicating there's now nothing we can do to prevent their demise. The study, carried out in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, makes ominous predictions about just how significantly the water currently frozen in the ice sheets will contribute to rising sea levels: enough in total, NASA says, to bring the global sea level up by four feet.

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Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple has relaunched its Environmental Responsibility hub on Earth Day 2014, renewing attention on its materials selection, the impact of climate change, and how it is sourcing energy for new projects like the Yerington, Nevada data center from solar farms. The company also has a new video, filmed at different Apple locations around the world and narrated by CEO Tim Cook, in which the chief exec discusses the "big responsibility to leave a smaller footprint."

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Netherlands highway take glow in the dark paint for a test drive

Netherlands highway take glow in the dark paint for a test drive

Driving down a 500 meter stretch of highway N329 in Oss, Netherlands can only be best described as a scene right out of a science fiction film. Seeking alternative, and perhaps cheaper, means to light up night roads, the government has agreed to test out a proposal to make use of light-absorbing glow in the dark road paint in place of energy-consuming street lights.

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Researchers find evidence explaining northern China fossil troves

Researchers find evidence explaining northern China fossil troves

A new report published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers at China's Nanjing University reveals the myriad of fossils found in northern China are, in all likelihood, the result of multiple volcanic eruptions that took place in excess of 120 million years ago. As a result of these, says the researchers, a Pompeii-like blanket of ash resulted in both encased and preserved carcasses.

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