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[Boron Catalysis] A metal-free catalyst born of frustration

Boron (a Lewis acid) and nitrogen or phosphorus fragments (both Lewis bases) tend to pair up. Keeping them separated on opposite ends of the same molecule creates a “frustrated” Lew – [Read More]...

 
[Nuclear Chemistry] Subsurface corrosion of uranium

Uranium dioxide, the most common form of nuclear fuel, becomes mobile as it oxidizes. Although oxidative corrosion is inherently a surface-mediated process, interstitial oxygen atoms – [Read More]...

 
Life's Building-Block Chemicals Found on Comet by Lander

Instruments on the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander discovered nitrogen and amino acids, key ingredients for life, on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
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Cheers! 'Blue Moon' Beer Celebrates Lunar Sight for 20th Anniversary

In a coincidence of cosmic proportions, the second full moon of July rises tonight, making it a so-called "Blue Moon" — and Blue Moon Brewing Co. will celebrate its 20th anniversary by painting the town red. A celestial Blue Moon comes around roughly every 2.7 years. Tonight (July 31), a Blue Moon will rise on the same night as Blue Moon Brewing Co. celebrates its 20th anniversary with parties and events at more than 750 locations across the country....

 
Affordable genetic diagnostic technique for target DNA analysis developed

A technique to analyze various target DNAs has been developed using an aptamer, a DNA fragment that can recognize and bind to a specific protein or enzyme....

 
Effects of spinach extract on satiety: Feel full, curb cravings

A new study examines how consuming the concentrated extract of thylakoids found in spinach can reduce hunger and cravings. Thylakoids encourage the release of satiety hormones, which is very beneficial in slowing down fat digestion....

 
Antiburp compound could reduce methane emissions from cows

Simple chemical decreased cows’ production of the gas by 30% but didn’t cut milk production...

 
U.S. Air Force closely following SpaceX blast probe: general

The U.S. Air Force is involved in and closely following a SpaceX-led investigation into the explosion that destroyed an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket minutes after liftoff from Florida on June 28, a top general said on Friday. Lieutentant General Samuel Greaves, who heads the Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center, did not address those concerns directly....

 
[Forest Ecology] Drought effects on carbon cycling

The response of forest ecosystems to drought is increasingly important in the context of a warming climate. Anderegg et al. studied a tree-ring database of 1338 forest sites – [Read More]...

 
[Paleomagnetism] Unlocking Earth's ancient magnetic past

The magnetic field protects Earth's surface from deadly cosmic radiation and provides clues about the planet's interior. Tarduno et al. found that some of the oldest minerals – [Read More]...

 
[Infectious Disease] Innate lymphoid cells to the rescue

Most people enter the hospital with the hope of getting better, but recent increases in hospital-acquired infections have made hospitals deadly in their own right. For instance, deaths – [Read More]...

 
[Signal Transduction] Signaling probed by single-molecule tracking

Developmental signaling through the so-called Hedgehog pathway is transduced through the receptor-like protein Smoothened. Hedgehog signaling requires highly specific localization of – [Read More]...

 
What Science Says about Kids and Tech

Are touch screens rotting the brains of our youth? New research is finding some answers -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Magnetism at nanoscale

As the demand grows for ever smaller, smarter electronics, so does the demand for understanding materials’ behavior at ever smaller scales. Physicists are building a unique optical magnetometer to probe magnetism at the nano- and mesoscale....

 
US energy plan to boost renewables

President Obama's clean power plan is likely to be delayed by 2 years but is also expected to push renewable energy....

 
Exercise in Teen Years Tied to Lower Mortality Later

During the study, 5,282 of the women died, including 2,375 who died from cancer and 1,620 who died from cardiovascular disease. "In women, adolescent exercise participation, regardless of adult exercise, was associated with reduced risk of cancer and all-cause mortality," study author Sarah J. Nechuta, an assistant professor of medicine Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said in a statement....

 
Earth magnetic shield is much older

Researchers have revealed that the Earth's magnetic field is 550 million years older than previously believed....

 
VIDEO: 'Blue moon' as seen around the world

There has been a rare opportunity to witness a unique lunar event in the night sky; a so-called "blue moon"....

 
How the Brain Purges Bad Memories

A brain circuit has been found that allows us to forget fear and anxiety -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
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