Science:

Scientists have invented a window coating that could cut air-conditioning costs

Scientists at MIT have discovered a see-through film that rejects 70 percent of the sun’s incoming heat. The material is thermochromic, meaning that it changes color in response to heat, getting darker at higher temperatures. Sticking it on windows could potentially make air-conditioners, which are greedy energy consumers, become obsolete. With the cost of cooling down America’s homes standing at around $29 billion annually, this window coating offers a simple yet effective solution.

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  • The Daily Mail
  • Date:11/12/2018

Archaeologists are one step closer to uncovering how the pyramids were built

The question of how the great pyramids were built is one of the greatest mysteries of time. Now archaeologists are one step closer to solving the puzzle after making a chance discovery in an ancient Egyptian quarry. Have a look here to see what they found, and how it might explain how those huge blocks of stones were hauled into place.

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  • The Guardian
  • Date:11/07/2018

Research on the nutrition of your favorite foods is not what it seems

Our beliefs about how nutritious products are being increasingly shaped by scientific research dreamed up and paid for by major food companies. Borrowing a dirty tactic from the tobacco industry, the food industry has distorted science by paying for research that makes erroneous claims like that chocolate helps fight diabetes. Have a look here to see how nutrition research has become deeply biased by food companies.

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  • Vox
  • Date:11/02/2018

New research suggest Mars has enough oxygen to support underground life

Researchers believe there could be life on Mars. Well, not on Mars, but underneath it. According to a new paper, briny water under the planet’s surface could hold enough oxygen to support aerobic Martian life. It’ll be tough to test the paper’s conclusions because Mars rover missions avoid areas where there could be water—they don’t want to accidentally taint any life there with rugged bacteria that survived the journey from earth. But the findings do suggest we may one day find out whether or not our solar system is more populated than we once thought. </p

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  • Futurism
  • Date:10/24/2018

How diesel cars could run on algae-based fuel in the future

For years corn and soybeans have been touted as possible alternatives to dirty diesel fuel, but until now, nobody has figured out how to make biofuel from these crops in a cheap, sustainable manner. That’s why researchers from the University of Michigan are turning to algae. Unlike corn or soybeans, algae not only grows quickly but can also be grown anywhere—at a cheap price. Now the researchers have zeroed in on the type of algae that can be used to make a high-performance fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent.

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  • Popular Mechanics
  • Date:10/18/2018

UK scientists turn coffee industry waste into electricity

Scientists have turned coffee waste into electricity for the first time, in research that could help farmers and curb pollution in the developing world. The coffee industry generates a huge amount of liquid waste during the process of turning the raw material of the tree – the coffee cherries – into the 9.5m tons of coffee the world produces each year.

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  • Date:10/17/2018

The way to Mars: bewildering discovery of life found 2,000 feet below the ground

Cyanobacteria are life-sustaining micro-organisms that have played a key role in providing oxygen to our planet’s oceans and atmosphere, thus allowing life to flourish on Earth. It was believed that they can only survive in habitats with enough sunlight, water, and nutrients. But scientists were baffled when they found these organisms living 2,000 feet beneath the earth. This impressive discovery may have important implications in our quest to find alien life on Mars.

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  • National Geographic
  • Date:10/16/2018

Innovative material regenerates itself by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air

Scientists at MIT have developed a pioneering material that absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and uses it to restore itself. The material, which undergoes a chemical reaction similar to the process of photosynthesis in plants, could be used to make pavement that heals itself.

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  • MIT News
  • Date:10/12/2018

A study that shows that homeopathy works, causes outrage in the academic world

An Italian study has found evidence that homeopathy can be effective in treating pain in rats. The study has sparked a fierce scientific debate as homeopathy groups worldwide welcomed the results, but other researchers in Italy were not convinced by the way the study was carried out.

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  • Nature
  • Date:10/11/2018

First gene treatment therapy for blindness undergoes successful trial

Scientists in the UK have managed to restore the vision of people suffering from choroideremia, the most common form of inherited blindness. By injecting patients with a virus containing a lacking gene into the rear of their eyes, patients were able to experience significant gains in their vision. Out of 14 patients, 12 showed signs of improved or maintained vision since having the injection, some as long as five years ago.

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  • The Telegraph
  • Date:10/10/2018
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