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Geothermal’s Carbon Dioxide Boost

Discover – Carbon dioxide, the bane of climate change, can serve a positive role to boost geothermal energy output.

Degrees of separation

Nature – Chemists hope to break China’s monopoly on rare-earth elements by finding cheap, efficient ways to extract them from ore.

Solar Cells — Now In A Rainbow Of Colors

Science – Researchers have made solar cells in several colors that still perform efficiently.

New Fabric Turns Your Body Into A Furnace

Science – Researchers have created a new cloth that warms up with just a bit of electricity and traps body heat more efficiently than standard cotton fabric.

Hey, Want To Hang Out? Pheromone Cocktail Traps Bedbugs

Science – Scientists are reporting a combination of six chemicals that lure and trap bedbugs by mimicking a pheromone.

New Screen Design Could Extend Smart Phone Battery Life

Science – A newly designed polarizer with much higher energy efficiency could help to extend devices’ battery lives.

A Plastic That Recycles Itself

Science – Researchers report that they have designed new plastics that break down upon exposure to light.

Embodying Emotion, Performing Gender

Boston University News Service – “Take your pen, do this.” Nicole Noll said as she reached into her backpack for a pen, and placed it horizontally between her teeth. “Don’t let your lips touch it.”

I did as she demonstrated. Noll and I were in the Harvard Science Center, sitting in the first-floor hallway. As we held our pens in our teeth, two men passed by and gave us puzzled looks.

Time To Face The Thorium

Boston University News Service – Love your smartphone that delivers clear sound and bright colors but still fits in your pocket? Give thanks to neodymium, a rare earth element that makes the magnets in your phone so powerful that it can be as small as it is. Wind turbines and electric cars need the unique magnetic properties of dysprosium, another rare earth element. Virtually every form of clean energy technology today needs rare earth elements to function. But the rare earth elements come with an unavoidable by-product: thorium.

    “The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can't destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don't they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” - Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone