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Climate Change: Carbon Emissions From Soil May Intensify Global Warming

Warmer soils release more carbon that can contribute to increase in temperatures. Scientists said that the addition of soil carbon into the atmosphere may accelerate the global warming process.

Earth/Environment October 8, 2017

Sixth Mass Extinction Will Happen By 2100: MIT Study

A mass extinction might occur by 2100, according to an MIT professor’s new study. If Earth’s oceans hit a certain carbon threshold, the sixth mass extinction could occur at the end of this century.

Earth/Environment September 21, 2017

Carbon Storage Capacity Of Trees Doubtful: Study

Contrary to the perception that trees absorb carbon dioxide in bulk, a study by Western Sydney University has shown that the capacity for storage of carbon dioxide is not substantial. This was proved in reference to Eucalyptus trees in Australia.

Earth/Environment March 9, 2017

Building Blocks Of Life Discovered On Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft detected carbon-containing materials on Ceres similar to what may have been the building blocks for life on Earth. The organic molecules also appear to be native to this dwarf planet.

Space February 17, 2017

Western US Sitting Over Vast Expanse Of Molten Carbon

Western United States is sitting over a vast expanse of molten carbon that is stored beneath a depth of 200 miles. According to a study, this carbon will ultimately reach the surface and induce serious climate change issues.

Earth/Environment February 15, 2017

Forests ‘Held Their Breath’ During Global Warming Pause

A new study has found that forests around the world, widely deemed the lungs of the planet, 'held their breath' during the most recent episode of a so-called climate change hiatus. These ecosystems were shown to have been a strong carbon sink from 1998 to 2012.

Earth/Environment January 25, 2017

NASA Pushing Through With Earth Science Programs, Announces First Mission To Measure Greenhouse Gases And Vegetation Health From Space

NASA has announced that it is mounting a GeoCARB Mission as part of the Earth science mission, for the first time, to measure greenhouse gas and vegetation health from space. The mission will be led by Berrien Moore of the University of Oklahoma.

Space December 8, 2016

Carbon Nanotube Outperforms Silicon: Will Microprocessors Ditch Silicon Transistors Over Carbon Nanotube Transistors?

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered a carbon nanotube transistor that outperformed silicon transistors for the first time. Will carbon nanotubes replace silicon in the future?

Material Science September 4, 2016

How Graphene Is Made And How It Was Discovered

Graphene could radically change electronics in the coming decades, but how is it manufactured? And what is the odd story of its invention, more than a decade ago?

Material Science June 21, 2016

Life In The Universe May Have Started On Carbon-Based Diamond Planets

The early days of the universe might have been filled with carbon-based planets or those consisting mostly of graphite, carbides and diamond, a new study has found. What is a carbon planet and what is its link to carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars?

Space June 11, 2016

Iceland Power Plant Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Solid Rock

Tons of carbon dioxide produced by Iceland's Hellisheidi power plant was converted into solid rock, no longer posing an environmental threat. How does the method work?

Earth/Environment June 10, 2016

Wonder Material Carbyne Produced In Bulk For First Time - What Could This Mean?

Carbyne has been produced in long chains for the first time. What are the possible uses of this remarkable "one-dimensional" material?

April 14, 2016

Scientists Finally Know Why Planet Mercury Is So Dark

Studying the planet Mercury is quite difficult because of its proximity to the sun, but MESSENGER's past mission has helped scientists find new data from the planet. One very puzzling aspect of the planet is its very dark surface.

Space March 8, 2016

Plankton Remove Carbon From Atmosphere And Carry Them To The Ocean

The ocean is the Earth's largest carbon sink. A team of international experts shed light on how the ocean and its inhabitants carry carbon from the atmosphere and deposit it deep into the waters.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2016

Man-Made Forests Do Not Help Cool Climate: Managed Forests Contribute To Global Warming Rather Than Mitigate It

Europe's shift to coniferous forests may have stoked climate change instead of mitigating it, according to a new analysis. While expanding since 1750, the continent's forests have been found to contribute to warming.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2016

A New Type Of Carbon Is Harder Than Diamonds And Can Glow

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a third type of carbon — one that is harder than diamonds and can glow when exposed to electric fields.

Animals December 2, 2015

Scientists Discover New Technique To Create Diamonds At Room Temperature

North Carolina State University researchers have discovered a revolutionary process to create diamond-like structures using a new state of solid carbon known as Q-carbon. The characteristics of the material make it an ideal component for the production of new electronic displays.

December 2, 2015

Carbon Content Of Temperate Forests Overestimated: NASA Study

A new NASA study revealed that previous mathematical methods to predict the carbon content of forests were more likely to be overestimated. Researchers said this occurs because of a sampling bias in which scientists prefer to evaluate smaller trees than larger ones.

Earth/Environment November 26, 2015

Organic Carbon From Thawing Permafrost Quickly Turns Into Carbon Dioxide, Study Reveals

Two new studies warned that organic carbon from thawing permafrost was being quickly converted into more carbon dioxide into the air and water. Increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere had led to further warming of the planet and had triggered more thawing of permafrost.

Animals October 27, 2015

Nonprofit Offers $7.5 Million To Anyone Who Can Make Excess CO2 Useful

The XPrize Foundation issues a call to harness the greenhouse gas for good.

Earth/Environment September 29, 2015

Glacial Melting In Antarctica May Be Boon For Penguins

The melting of the sea ice drives the growth of phytoplankton in the polynyas. The phenomenon appears beneficial for marine organisms such as seals, whales and penguins that depend on these microorganism.

FEATURE August 14, 2015

Scientists Predict Substance With Higher Melting Point Than Previously Studied Materials

What’s the highest melting point recorded experimentally for a material? According to a study, it’s two-thirds the temperature on the surface of the sun!

July 29, 2015

Here's How Fossil Fuel Emissions Can Make Radiocarbon Dating Inaccurate

A new study found that radiocarbon dating may be inaccurate due to fossil fuel emissions. The manner in which these emissions affect the efficiency of the ever-reliable technique is something experts are monitoring for the future.

Earth/Environment July 24, 2015

New Designer Carbon Means Better Energy Storage And Better Batteries

A team of researchers at Stanford University recently created a new and versatile form of designer carbon, which could lead to better energy storage, as well as longer-lasting batteries and supercapacitors.

Energy June 11, 2015

Fjords Not Just Picture Perfect But Humans' Big Ally In Climate Change Fight: Here's Why

Regardless of the fact that they represent only a fraction of a percent of the oceans in the world, fjords have been found to have a hand in addressing climate change through carbon sequestration.

Earth/Environment May 6, 2015

Mercury Painted Black By 'Invisible Paint': Here's What Happened

Mercury is far darker than traditional planetary models would suggest. Now, a team of astronomers thinks they know why that may be.

Space March 30, 2015

Ocean Acidification Levels Seen From Space

A new map shows ocean acidification around the world, as seen from space. Why is this image so valuable to climate researchers?

Earth/Environment February 18, 2015

Carbon 'Burped' From Oceans Helped End Ice Age

The last ice age may have ended when carbon was released from the oceans. What could this mean for our modern age?

Earth/Environment February 12, 2015

Will Carbon from Melting Glaciers Drastically Impact Atmospheric Levels of Greenhouse Gas?

Melting glaciers will release vast amounts of carbon into the global ocean. A new study examines what could this mean for the environment.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2015

Social Cost of Climate Change May Be 6 Times More Than We Thought, Stanford Scientists Warn

Researchers have pointed out the problem with current models used for assessing the effects of future climate change: these do not often consider all the economic damages caused by a warming world.

Earth/Environment January 14, 2015

Wonder Material Graphene Better than Kevlar at Stopping Supersonic Bullet

Graphene is even better than Kevlar at stopping supersonic bullets, according to a new study. So, why won't new bulletproof vests be available soon?

November 30, 2014

Space elevator with diamond nanothreads? Why not, says PSU prof

A research team from Penn State University has come up with a diamond nanothread so strong, stiff and lightweight, it could have crucial applications such as in the creation of less polluting vehicles and possibly the realization of a "space elevator."

Space September 24, 2014

Graphene paint: This wonder paint might herald a rust-free world

Graphene paint is capable of covering nearly anything with a coating of the strongest material known to mankind. This could revolutionize industries worldwide.

September 13, 2014

Carbon emissions rise at record speed, WMO puts oceans in center of climate discussions

A new report from the World Meteorological Organization reveals that carbon dioxide concentration made a sharp increase last year.

Earth/Environment September 9, 2014

Space bling: White dwarf star may have crystallized into super-massive diamond

A diamond in space, the size of the Earth, has been discovered 870 light years from Earth, using a system of radio telescopes.

Space June 24, 2014

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