Ammonia, an essential compound used in fertilizers, plays a crucial role in agriculture and various industries. With the increasing focus on sustainable practices, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) in Japan have made a groundbreaking discovery. Led by Satoshi Kamiguchi, the team has developed a new catalyst that offers a greener
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An expedition led by the University of Melbourne to the waters surrounding Antarctica has uncovered a groundbreaking discovery – wind plays a significant role in the formation of colossal rogue waves. These unpredictable waves, which can rise much higher than surrounding waves, pose a serious threat to ships and coastal infrastructure. Contrary to previous beliefs,
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Psychedelics have been gaining popularity within scientific communities and among the general public due to their potential therapeutic benefits. These powerful substances have the ability to alter perception, mood, and various mental processes. However, when it comes to individuals with personality disorders, using psychedelics may pose certain risks that need to be carefully considered. A
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NASA’s Mars Sample Return mission has been facing uncertainty in recent times due to budget and schedule issues. An independent review highlighted unrealistic expectations, an unwieldy structure, and ineffective leadership within the program. As a result, there have been significant budget cuts proposed by both the House and Senate appropriations committees, leading to NASA reducing
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In the world of healthcare, infections acquired during a hospital stay have long been associated with superbugs lurking in healthcare facilities. However, recent genetic data has revealed a different story. It turns out that the majority of health care-associated infections are actually caused by harmless bacteria that patients already have on their bodies before they
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In the 16th century, Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory was rumored to have murdered hundreds of girls in a twisted effort to retain her youthful appearance. While the truth behind these accusations remains unclear, the desire for eternal youth continues to captivate the human imagination. Recent studies have uncovered a fascinating phenomenon in the Milky Way’s
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The field of organic chemistry is filled with challenges when it comes to synthesizing complex molecules, especially those containing ring-shaped structures called saturated heterocycles. These compounds are often found in FDA-approved drugs but are notoriously difficult to create. However, a recent breakthrough by Scripps Research chemists has provided a surprisingly easy method for making these
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The impact of climate change on rainfall patterns is becoming increasingly evident, with April showers turning into deluges and May flowers facing a new reality. A University of Maryland-led study published in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment highlights a global trend towards more intense but less frequent rainfalls throughout the year. This change in rainfall
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The field of materials science has seen significant advancements in recent years, with machine learning (ML) playing a crucial role in predicting electronic properties of various compounds. Scientists from Tokyo Tech have demonstrated the effectiveness of ML in accurately estimating fundamental electronic properties of binary and ternary oxide surfaces, paving the way for the development
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Solar energy has long been regarded as a free and virtually unlimited resource here on Earth. However, its potential extends far beyond our planet, especially when it comes to spacecraft operating in the inner Solar System. In addition to providing electrical energy, the Sun emits a steady stream of solar wind that can be harnessed
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While many may view eye infections as minor inconveniences, they can actually be quite serious and even life-threatening. An outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria Burkholderia cepacia in 2023-24 serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers of eye infections. Contaminated eye gel led to at least 52 infections, one of which was fatal. This
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