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Scientists Make Diamonds from Peanut Butter

Generally speaking diamonds would be produced nearly 800 kilometers below the surface of Earth, where the temperature is over 2200 degrees Celsius and pressure 1.3 million times bigger than the atmosphere combine and crystallize carbon into the clear white stone with which we are quite familiar However, it could take […]

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Rare Mineral Unearthed in 450 Million-Year-Old Meteorite Impact Crater

When researchers were exploring an ancient meteorite impact crater in Wisconsin, they found a very unusual mineral which had been discovered three other places before. Such mineral, was known as reidite, a polymorph of the fairly strong gemstone zircon to be generated when the zircon was exposed to quite high pressures. Scientists […]

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Image credit: Princeton University. The surprising stability of the glaciers of the Karakoram mountains may have been explained.

Why a Glacier Is Not Melting in a Warming World

No matter where it is, at high altitudes or the poles, glaciers the all over world would be quite responsive to hotter temperatures, and retreat at the amazingly rapid rates. However, in regard to the Karakoram Range, it is now possible to explain the great anomaly to this pattern. In consideration […]

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Is This Biochemist’s Veggie Burger the Closest Thing to Real Meat?

We know that human being prefer to eat meat generally. However such habit would cause some obvious consequences, because it is unsustainable, always lead to the poor treatment of animals and enormously affect environment. For such reasons, scientists are making great efforts to work out some smart alternatives, which are […]

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Incredible Tims-Lapse Video of Asperatus Clouds Reminds Us that Clouds Could Also Act as Fluid

If you want to know more about Asperatus clouds, you had better watch this extremely gorgeous time-lapse of Asperatus clouds taken by storm-chaser Alex Schueth in Lincoln NE, on July 7 2014 It was only in 2009 when Asperatus clouds were classified by scientists; because they are so rare to be noticed. […]

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Image credit: The new lava that came up in the eruption in the first hours of August 29. The photo was taken at 10:44am local time / Icelandic Coast Guard

Icelandic Volcano Erupts after Weeks of Unrest

For the past seven years, seismic activity has been observed to be increased gradually at Bárðarbunga, the second highest mountain in Iceland. According to the report by Nature, a recent swarm of small earthquakes signified that molten rock underground was moving, thus the area was blocked from the outside visitors. During […]

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Renewable Power Generation Continues to Grow Strongly, Reaching Almost 22 Percent of the Global Mix

According to a latest report by the International Energy Agency, renewable power capacity, with its fastest pace so far, had reached about 22 percent of the global mix last year. That figure was 21 percent in 2012 and 18 percent in 2007 respectively. Renewable electricity generation refer to that from hydro, wind […]

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The Consequences of Peeing in the Ocean?

It might seem to be a little disgusting, but a lot of people have peed in the ocean at some stages in their lives, no matter they would like to admit it or not. Sure, most of people don’t actually think about the consequences of peeing in the ocean, but […]

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What Causes the Bizarre “Meeting of the Waters” in Brazil?

Looking as a big-sized sandbar or kind of serious pollution, the Meeting of the Waters in Brazil has actually incorporated the water from the rivers of Rio Negro and Rio Solimões. Although the two rivers meet up to give birth of the Lower Amazon River, in fact they never mix with each […]

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Sandstorm Unearths New Nazca Lines

After a sandstorm occurring recently, the unseen geoglyphs were discovered by a pilot when he flied over the Nazca desert. With the total area of 450 square kilometers, the well-known Nazca Lines on the Peruvian coastal plain was found in 1935. More than 700 geoglyphs took their scratching shape as early as […]

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