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All Possible Drug-like Chemical Compounds Mapped By Scientists
2013-04-23 09:00:43

Duke University Software builds "library" of millions of small, carbon-based molecules chemists might synthesize. Drug developers may have a new tool to search for more effective medications and new materials. It's a computer algorithm that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, carbon-containing molecules that chemists could feasibly create in a lab. The small-molecule universe has more than 10^60 (that's 1 with 60 zeroes after it) chemical structures. Duke...

Sewer Gas Accelerates Plant Growth, Development
2013-04-18 18:14:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Hydrogen sulfide, known to many as ℠sewer gas,´ is a deadly substance that many evolutionary biologists blame for several mass extinction events throughout Earth´s history. However, according to a new study in the open access journal PLOS ONE, very low doses of the pungent compound spur plant growth. The study´s lead researcher Frank Dooley, a University of Washington doctoral student, said he stumbled...

Primitive Batteries Helped Power Primordial Soup
2013-04-05 06:08:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team at the University of Leeds may have solved the question of how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth. Scientists generally accept that some of the important ingredients for life came from meteorites impacting the early Earth. However, they have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life. The new study, published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta,...

Earth’s Oxygen Poor Oceans Challenged Early Evolution Of Life
2013-03-19 08:59:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international research group led by biogeochemists at the University of California, Riverside has filled a billion-year gap in our understanding of conditions in the early ocean during a critical time in the history of life on Earth. There is a general consensus in the scientific community currently that appreciable levels of oxygen first accumulated in the atmosphere around 2.4 to 2.3 billion years ago and that the build-up of...

Mineral Diversity Gives Clues To Earth's Early Chemistry
2013-03-02 06:00:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new study focusing on the mineral molybdenite could provide new insight into the way that various geological and biological processes have resulted in changes to the Earth´s chemistry over the years. According to Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution for Science´s Geophysical Laboratory, molybdenite is a common ore mineral of a metallic element known as molybdenum. By analyzing samples of the substance obtained from...

Fluffy Antarctic Snow Provides New Insights On Climate Cycles
2013-02-26 10:35:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, has found particles from the upper atmosphere trapped in a deep pile of Antarctic snow that hold clear chemical traces of global meteorological events. The study was published in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and suggests anomalies in oxygen found in sulfate particles coincide with several episodes of...

Cooking Up Our Solar System, What's The Recipe?
2013-02-21 05:05:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the University of California, San Diego is hoping to learn how our solar system evolved by studying the origins of different isotope ratios among the elements that make up today´s smorgasbord of planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and interplanetary ice and dust. The scientists are led by Mark Thiemens, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, who has worked on this problem for over three decades. Most...

2013-02-10 23:00:43

Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study, published in Molecular and Cellular Biology, finding that hydrogen sulfide can offer a wide scope of anti-aging benefits. Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 10, 2013 Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural...


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Acid Rain
2013-04-01 10:21:17

Acid rain is any form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that is possesses high levels of hydrogen ions. It can have harmful effects on aquatic animals, plants, and infrastructure. Acid rain is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which react with the water molecules within the atmosphere to produce acids. Nitrogen oxides can be produced naturally by lightening strikes. Sulfur dioxide can be produced naturally by volcanic eruptions. The chemicals that are...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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