Archive for October, 2012

London Array is the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

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The London Array is the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and it’s currently under construction in the outer Thames Estuary in the UK. The goal of this platform is to create a 1,000 megawatt capacity.

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Smartphones Are Great for Sharing Bacteria

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Smartphones’ proximity to people’s ears, nose and mouth make them a good vector for transferring microbes. Bacteria and other infectious agents on smartphones can cause the flu, pinkeye, or diarrhea. Lab tests show that most phones have abnormally high levels of coliforms, a bacteria stemming from fecal contamination.

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Hurricane Sandy Viewed from Space

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Hurricane Sandy has been downgraded to a post-cyclone storm, and most of the devastating effects of the hurricane are past, but people in 22 states in the USA are still dealing with the effects of its landfall.

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Image of RCW 120 Nebula Shows Expanding Bubble of Ionized Gas

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In this color composite image of the RCW 120 nebula (above), an expanding bubble of ionized gas, about ten light-years across, is revealed. It is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps where star formation occurs.

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Archer Fish Shoots Down Prey with Its Incredible Water Jet

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Archer fish have been observed to knock down prey with a precise jet of water that is six times as powerful as the fish could generate with its own muscles. This allows the archer fish to take down aerial prey from inside the water.

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Filamentous Bacteria Act as Living Power Cables

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The filamentous bacteria Desulfobulbus can function as living power cables in order to transmit electrons thousands of cell lengths away. The bacteria, which are only a few thousandths of a millimeter in length and are invisible to the naked eye, can form a multicellular filament that can transmit electrons across a distance as large as 1 cm under the right conditions.

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Synthetic Molecule Destroys Key Allergy-Inducing Complexes

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A new synthetic molecule has been used to destroy the complexes that induce allergic responses, a discovery that could lead to highly potent, rapidly acting interventions for a host of acute allergic reactions.

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