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Pricing Carbon, Valuing People: Ways To Optimize US Climate Policy

New research suggests ways to optimize US climate policy design for a just energy transition. In November, inflation hit a 39-year high in the United States. The consumer price index was up 6.8 percent from the previous year due to major increases in the cost of rent, food, motor vehicles, gasoline, and other common household expenses. While inflation impacts […]

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Hunga Tonga Island Obliterated – NASA Satellites Capture Massive Blast

One of the most potent volcanic eruptions in decades has obliterated a small, uninhabited South Pacific island known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai. Damage assessments are still ongoing, but preliminary reports indicate that communities in the island nation of Tonga have taken heavy damage from volcanic ash and a tsunami caused by the eruption. The volcano had sporadically […]

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Quantum Algorithms Bring Ions to a Standstill – Towards Even More Accurate Optical Atomic Clocks

QUEST researchers overcome a major hurdle on the journey towards even more accurate optical atomic clocks. Laser beams can do more than just heat things up; they can cool them down too. That is nothing new for physicists who have devoted themselves to precision spectroscopy and the development of optical atomic clocks. But what is […]

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Artificial Intelligence Can Generate Plausible, Entertaining, and Scientifically Interesting Titles for Research Articles

AI generated titles were as attractive and entertaining to readers as real titles, but performance was enhanced by human intervention; AI could have a role in generating hypotheses or directions for future research. Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can generate plausible, entertaining, and scientifically interesting titles for potential research articles, finds a study in the Christmas issue […]

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New All-Season Smart-Roof Coating Enables Year-Round Energy Savings

Breakthrough regulates household temperature without consuming natural gas or electricity. Scientists have developed an all-season smart-roof coating that keeps homes warm during the winter and cool during the summer without consuming natural gas or electricity. Research findings reported in the journal Science point to a groundbreaking technology that outperforms commercial cool-roof systems in energy savings. “Our all-season […]

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MIT Quantum COVID Sensor May Offer Faster, Cheaper, and More Accurate Detection of SARS-CoV-2

A novel approach to testing for the presence of the virus that causes Covid-19 may lead to tests that are faster, less expensive, and potentially less prone to erroneous results than existing detection methods. Though the work, based on quantum effects, is still theoretical, these detectors could potentially be adapted to detect virtually any virus, […]

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AI Used To Predict Synthesis of Complex Novel Materials – “Materials No Chemist Could Predict”

AI machine learning presents a roadmap to define new materials for any need, with implications in green energy and waste reduction. Scientists and institutions dedicate more resources each year to the discovery of novel materials to fuel the world. As natural resources diminish and the demand for higher value and advanced performance products grows, researchers […]

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Graphene Nanoribbon Breakthrough Could Lead to High-Speed, Low-Power Nanoscale Data Storage

Technique Tunes Into Graphene Nanoribbons’ Electronic Potential Ever since graphene – a thin carbon sheet just one-atom thick – was discovered more than 15 years ago, the wonder material became a workhorse in materials science research. From this body of work, other researchers learned that slicing graphene along the edge of its honeycomb lattice creates one-dimensional zigzag graphene […]

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Unprecedented Number of Globular Clusters Discovered in Nearby Galaxy

Using observations of the nearby elliptical galaxy Centaurus A, a team of astronomers led by the University of Arizona found an unprecedented number of possible globular clusters – old, dense groups of thousands of stars that all formed at the same time. A survey completed using a combination of ground and space-based telescopes yielded a treasure […]