New record for the whitest paint ever

Want to save big on your air conditioning bills? Wait a few years to coat your home with the world’s whitest paint, which may dramatically reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning. The paint, developed at Purdue University, has earned a Guinness World RecordsTM title. The record appears in the 2022 edition of Guinness World Records, available […]

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Chemours under fire for trying to exempt fluorochemicals from EU regulation

DuPont spin-off Chemours has mounted a legal challenge to the EU’s 2019 decision to include GenX fluorinated chemicals in its Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs). Environmental groups ClientEarth and Chem Trust appeared at the European Court of Justice on 14 September, joining the European Chemicals Agency (Echa) and the Netherlands’ government […]

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Fully synthetic proteins make tailored medicines

Jeffrey Bode from ETH Zurich in Switzerland has a fitting analogy for why synthetic proteins are a compelling next step for the development of therapeutic molecules. ‘Almost all modern antibiotics have been found or produced in nature, but were then modified with synthetic chemistry to make a better drug,’ he says. ‘In the same way, […]

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Concrete’s role in reducing building and pavement emissions

Encountering concrete is a common, even routine, occurrence. And that’s exactly what makes concrete exceptional. As the most consumed material after water, concrete is indispensable to the many essential systems — from roads to buildings — in which it is used. But due to its extensive use, concrete production also contributes to around 1 percent […]

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Biologists identify new targets for cancer vaccines

Over the past decade, scientists have been exploring vaccination as a way to help fight cancer. These experimental cancer vaccines are designed to stimulate the body’s own immune system to destroy a tumor, by injecting fragments of cancer proteins found on the tumor. So far, none of these vaccines have been approved by the FDA, […]

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AI system identifies buildings damaged by wildfire

People around the globe have suffered the nerve-wracking anxiety of waiting weeks or months to find out if their homes have been damaged by wildfires that scorch with increased intensity. Now, once the smoke has cleared for aerial photography, researchers have found a way to identify building damage within minutes. The DamageMap application identifies buildings […]

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To Colonize Different Environments, Bacteria Precisely Tune Their Nanomotors

In their roughly 3.5 billion years on Earth, bacteria have fine-tuned the art of colonizing all kinds of habitats, from the inner lining of digestive tracts to the blistering hot waters of geysers. But in their quest for world domination, bacteria face a critical snag when moving across diverse environments — preserving their navigational apparatus. […]

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Crafting super steel to contain nuclear waste

Metals embedded in concrete can erode, rusting, and weakening until the concrete splits and the structure it supports falls. Such corrosion is believed to be one of the main issues that exacerbated the damage that led to the June 24 Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and […]

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Better predictions to help save New Zealand blue whales

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a method for forecasting the locations where a distinct population of New Zealand blue whales are most likely to occur up to three weeks in advance. This ability to forecast is a significant advance in conservation management for a species whose habitat overlaps with a wide range of […]

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