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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News

New materials yield record efficiency polymer solar cells

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 08:04 AM PST

Researchers have found that temperature-controlled aggregation in a family of new semi-conducting polymers is the key to creating highly efficient organic solar cells that can be mass produced more cheaply.

Moderate drinking is healthy only for some people, study finds

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 06:07 AM PST

A new study confirms that moderate alcohol consumption can protect against coronary heart disease. But only for the 15% of the population that have a particular genotype.

Woodland bat species sweats it out in the tropics

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:35 AM PST

A bat species thought to be restricted to temperate forests has been found living thousands of miles from its known range in the sweltering heat of the southern Indian rainforest.

Unique Roman relief discovered: Depiction of unknown god in Turkey; Relics from 2,000 years of cult history excavated

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:35 AM PST

A bearded deity has been discovered with astral symbols. Archaeologists excavated the unique Roman relief depicting an unknown god in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. According to a first assessment, the one and a half meter (five foot) high basalt stele which was used as a buttress in the wall of a monastery shows a fertility or vegetation god, as classical scholar and excavation director said.

Climate variability has an opposing impact on marine life and tree growth

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:34 AM PST

The same climatic drivers that enhance upwelling of nutrient-rich ocean waters and support of marine productivity can result in lower precipitation on land and slower tree-growth. Tree-ring chronologies helped to explain how upwelling was happening during the past 600 years.

Crustaceans win battle against being feminized

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:34 AM PST

Male crustaceans can 'lock down' their maleness to avoid being completely feminized by seawater contaminated by feminizing pollutants, according to scientists.

New natural supplement relieves canine arthritis

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:22 AM PST

Arthritis pain in dogs can be relieved, with no side effects, by a new product based on medicinal plants and dietary supplements. Two formulas were developed. The first formula, composed of curcumin, devil's claw, black current, Indian frankincense (Salai), willow bark, pineapple bromelaine and camomile, was developed to treat arthritis-induced inflammation. The second included the same ingredients, plus dietary supplements such as omega 3, chondroitin sulfate and glutamine, and was formulated in the hope that it would promote the regeneration of articulations.

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