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2010-10-19 09:48:35

For the first time scientists have been able to watch nanoparticles grow from the earliest stages of their formation. Nanoparticles are the foundation of nanotechnology and their performance depends on their structure, composition, and size. Researchers will now be able to develop ways to control conditions under which they are grown. The breakthrough will affect a wide range of applications including solar-cell technology and chemical and biological sensors. The research is published in...

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2010-06-15 06:00:00

A new study by NASA-funded scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory finds that the interior of the moon may hold 100 times more water than previously believed. The scientists analyzed samples of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts nearly four decades ago, and found that the volume of water molecules inside minerals in the moon's interior could exceed that of the entire U.S. Great Lakes.  The researchers concluded that the water was likely preserved from...

2010-06-14 15:29:00

WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA-funded scientists estimate from recent research that the volume of water molecules locked inside minerals in the moon's interior could exceed the amount of water in the Great Lakes here on Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, along with other scientists across the nation, determined that the water was likely present very early...

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2009-07-26 14:45:31

The oil and gas that fuels our homes and cars started out as living organisms that died, were compressed, and heated under heavy layers of sediments in the Earth's crust. Scientists have debated for years whether some of these hydrocarbons could also have been created deeper in the Earth and formed without organic matter. Now for the first time, scientists have found that ethane and heavier hydrocarbons can be synthesized under the pressure-temperature conditions of the upper mantle...

2009-02-03 16:43:35

 An international team of researchers including scientists at the Carnegie Institution has discovered a new chemical compound that consists of a single element"•boron. Chemical compounds are conventionally defined as substances consist of two or more elements, but the researchers found that a high pressure and temperature pure boron can assume two distinct forms that bond together to create a novel 'compound' called boron boride.Because of its low mass, high strength, and response...

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2006-11-15 10:15:00

Over the last half century, researchers have found that mineral surfaces may have played critical roles organizing, or activating, molecules that would become essential ingredients to all life, such as amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and nucleic acids (the essence of DNA). But which of the countless possible combinations of biomolecules and mineral surfaces were key to this evolution? This vexing question has stumped scientists for years because of the sheer volume of...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'