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Environment

Metal makes for a promising alternative to fossil fuels

Clean fuels come in many forms, but burning iron or aluminum seems to be stretching the definition – unless you ask a team of scientists led by McGill University, who see a low-carbon future that runs on metal. The team is studying the combustion characteristics of metal powders to determine whether such powders could provide a cleaner, more viable alternative to fossil fuels than hydrogen, biofuels, or electric batteries.Read More

Medical

Implant could bring tears of joy to "dry eye" sufferers

Caused by a lack of proper tear fluid, dry eye syndrome is among the world's most common eye diseases. Although it rarely results in complete vision loss, it is painful, and can lead to ulcers or scars on the cornea. There may be new hope for sufferers of the condition, however. Scientists from Stanford University have created an implant that causes the eye to produce more tears.Read More

Space

New Pluto image showcases intricate pit pattern

NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft has returned the most detailed view ever of a region of the dwarf planet Pluto, which is covered in an intricate pattern of pits. The image was taken on July 14th by the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) from less than 9,550 miles (15,400 km) above the planet's surface.Read More

Environment

Unique production process could slash diesel CO2 emissions

A join team of researchers from Belgium's KU Leuven and from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has examined the fuel production process, developing a new method that allows for cleaner diesel. According to the team, the technique could easily be scaled up to industrial levels for use within the next decade.Read More

Space

This year’s best meteor shower peaks in the next few days

If you've never made a wish on a falling star, now's your chance to make up for lost time. The Geminid meteor shower, which is best viewed without a telescope and in clear, dark skies, should peak from 13 to 15 December with scores of meteors expected to shoot across the sky each hour.

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Space

Elon Musk announces December 19 launch date for next Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX is heading back into orbit with founder and CEO Elon Musk announcing that a Falcon 9 rocket launch is scheduled for December 19. The improved version of the rocket is set to lift off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and will carry 11 Orbcomm OG-2 communication satellites into low Earth orbit. This marks the first flight of the Falcon 9 since the June 28 mid-air explosion of the CRS-7 mission shortly after launch.Read More

Space

New research probes mystery of Ceres' bright spots

Two new studies published in the journal Nature have put forward fascinating theories on the origins of the dwarf planet Ceres, and the nature of its enigmatic white spots. The studies drew on data collected by NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it continues its ongoing mission to characterize Ceres.Read More

Electronics

Multi-purpose Symbisa sensor looks to fast track the Internet of Things

Ceiling fans, thermostats, mailboxes and light fittings. It seems that no matter which direction you look in a smart home of the future you'll find a connected appliance interacting with its environment in one way or another. These smart devices generally feature hardware that's been carefully designed with a very specific purpose in mind, but what if there was more of a "one-size-fits-all" solution? British company Hanhaa is looking to offer inventors an easier route to the so-called Internet of Things, with a multi-purpose sensor kit that can be adapted to various tracking or monitoring applications within minutes of breaking open the box. Read More

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