Dec 8, 2008
You might recall that the British precursor of NBC's The Office was set in the town of Slough. Well, Slough has another claim to fame, besides, that is, being the Scranton, Pa., of the U.K. (or rather Scranton is the Slough of the U.S. since the British show came first): carbon neutrality.
The city has joined a growing list of communities worldwide, including Rizhao, China and the island nation of Niue, attempting to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.N. agency charged with minding environmental matters of global import. Of course, as actor Steve Carrell's TV character Michael Scott might observe, that could mean the residents of Slough have to cut back on breathing, too, given that humans and other animals exhale carbon dioxide (CO2), the most ubiquitous greenhouse gas warming the climate.
Oct 23, 2008 | 5
There's no question that carbon when paired with fellow element oxygen can spell trouble. The combo creates carbon dioxide (CO2), the root of climate change, the most destructive environmental woe facing our planet. But carbon is not inherently evil. In fact, it is a building block of life, present in all living creatures. In our daily lives we often see it in its pure form–think diamonds or lead in pencils. And it is a key ingredient in oil (made from hydrocarbons), certain types of surfboards, and even carbohydrates like bread and pasta, which provide energy for humans and animals.
Oct 9, 2008 | 2
Researchers say they have developed an adhesive that can stick stronger than the toes of geckos. The little lizard can dash up walls and hang from the ceiling by a single toe, thanks to microscopic hairs on the soles of its feet that latch onto nooks and crannies on surfaces.
A team of materials scientists (from the University of Dayton, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the University of Akron, and the Georgia Institute of Technology) report in Science today that they used carbon nanotubes (tiny tubes of carbon about 1/50,000th the width of a human hair) to model the shape of gecko microhairs (each hair is straight with a curly top).
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The Dow Chemical Company is the leading producer of polyalkylene glycols (PAGs) used in synthetic fluids and lubricants where petroleum,
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