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These Scientists Ground an iPhone to Dust to Figure Out What’s Inside

Image: University of Plymouth You probably don't spend much time thinking about what your smartphone is made of. But perhaps you should, because the average telephone is a dizzyingly complex compendium of metals and minerals from all over the Earth. Now, a group of scientists from the University of Plymouth is trying to demystify the list of ingredients, hoping to …

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Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages, study finds

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Over the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured three periods of glaciation during which global temperatures collapsed, producing large ice caps and glaciers that stretched beyond the polar ice caps. Now the scientists at MIT, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at Berkeley have identified the probable trigger …

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Did Softer Foods Give Us The F-Word? : The Salt : NPR

A biomechanical model of producing an "f" sound with an overbite (left) compared to an edge-to-edge bite (right). Some linguists argue that the advent of softer food, thousands of years ago, has led to changes in biting patterns and, ultimately, to more frequent use of sounds such as "f" and "v" in human language. Scott Moisik hide caption activate caption …

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Scientists left camera traps to record wild apes—watch what happens

Researchers analyzed video from camera capture devices placed in monkeys populated throughout Africa to see how the wild monkeys would react to these unknown objects. The responses varied by species and even between individuals within the same species, but one thing was consistent throughout: the monkeys definitely noticed the cameras – they beat them, stared at them and occasionally tried …

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New fuel cell material can run efficiently in reverse, storing energy

Zoom in / Close up of a hydrogen fuel cell Wladimir Bulgar | Science Photo Library Lithium batteries can easily eliminate short-term hiccups in intermittent renewable energy supply. But they are not ideal for long-term storage, as they will discharge slowly. They are also not great for large amounts of energy: to store more, you have to keep buying more …

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Study reveals the wolf within your pet dog

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists say that the negative image of wolves is not always justified Wolves and dogs follow – but both are equally able to work with humans, according to research that adds a new twist to the story of how one was domesticated by the other Dogs owe their nature cooperative "il lupo dentro", the …

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Mercury, Not Venus, Is the Closest Planet to Earth

An image of the surface of Mercury. Image: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Carnegie Institution of Washington (Wikimedia Commons) A team of scientists has just demonstrated something that could shock you: Mercury, not Venus, is the planet closest to Earth on average. The researchers presented their findings this week in an article in the journal Physics …

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Here’s why NASA’s administrator made such a bold move Wednesday

Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks on Wednesday's Senate hearing. His favorite fuel is not LOX / Kerosene, but rather Mountain Dew. NASA Last Wednesday, at a remarkable turning point, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the space agency would consider launching its first missile mission Orion on the commercial missile instead of their own NASA Space Launch System. …

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