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    Scientists develop self-healing composites

    Researchers have developed a composite material that has the ability to repair small cracks within itself, a characteristic that could be used to extend the reliability and service life of electronic and aerospace components.
  • News

    Siberian snow has long-range effects

    The strength of the winter weather feature called the Siberian high is linked to the amount of early-season snow cover in its namesake region.
  • News

    Lack of oxygen locks up peat's carbon

    The inactivity of a single enzyme in peat due to the lack of oxygen may be the only thing preventing massive releases of carbon dioxide from the peatlands.
  • News

    Did ancient superbees squash diversity?

    The recent discovery of several dozen extinct bee species in ancient amber deposits has led one paleontologist to propose that the very success of some bees' social lifestyle led to today's dearth of hive-dwelling species.
  • News

    Antarctic glacier thins and speeds up

    One of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is growing thinner and retreating inland, spurring concerns that changes occurring along the coastline may be causing the ice stream to drain more material from the interior of the continent and send it out to sea, thus aggravating rising sea levels.
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    Rock guitarist inspires rock hounds

    A team of paleontologists who dug up a new dinosaur recently chose to name their find after singer-songwriter Mark Knopfler, guitarist and cofounder of the rock group Dire Straits.
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  • Feature

    Pinning Down the Sun-Climate Connection

    Many scientists propose that changes in the sun's magnetic field and radiation output during its 11-year sunspot cycle also affect the atmosphere, changing Earth's climate by steering weather systems and influencing the amount of cloud cover.
  • News

    Simple system may curb auto emissions

    Researchers have developed a four-component system that acts like an on-vehicle oil refinery and may help significantly reduce the hydrocarbon emissions from internal combustion engines.