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Under Pressure, Black Holes Feast

It has been known for some time that when distant galaxies — and the supermassive black holes within their cores — aggregate into clusters, these clusters create a volatile, highly pressurized environment.

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Researchers Capture Rarely Heard Narwhal Vocalizations

With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord.

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Astronomers Create Cloud Atlas For Hot, Jupiter-Like Exoplanets

Giant planets in our solar system and circling other stars have exotic clouds unlike anything on Earth, and the gas giants orbiting close to their stars — so-called hot Jupiters — boast the most extreme.

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Sugar Turns Brown Algae Into Good Carbon Stores

You may like them or not, but almost everyone knows them: brown algae such as Fucus vesiculosus, commonly known as bladderwrack, grow along the entire German coast.

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Building Blocks For ‘Green’ Construction

Revolutionary ‘green’ types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibres or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer discovered by Australian scientists.

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Deep-Sea Microbes Discovered That Feed on Ethane – Mechanism Is Reversible

Researchers find deep-sea microbes that feed on ethane and grow them in the laboratory; what is particularly exciting: The mechanism by which they break down ethane is reversible.

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Ocean Virus Hijacks Carbon-Storing Bacteria

Beneath the ocean’s surface, a virus is hijacking the metabolism of the most abundant organism on Earth. 

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UToledo Chemists Identify Toxic Chemicals in Fracking Wastewater

Before water produced during hydraulic fracturing is disposed of in waterways or reused in agriculture and other industries, chemists at The University of Toledo are zeroing in on water quality and environmental concerns of fracking wastewater to determine if it is safe for reuse.

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Will Floating Turbines Usher in a New Wave of Offshore Wind?

At Scotland’s easternmost headland, the old fishing port of Peterhead juts out into the North Sea. 

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Birds, Bees and Butter – Biodiversity Crucial for Shea Production in West Africa

Shea yields are likely to benefit from a diversity of trees and shrubs in parkland habitats in West Africa, according to a new study led by scientists from Trinity.

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