Water in Hawaii volcano could trigger explosive eruptions
Aug03

Water in Hawaii volcano could trigger explosive eruptions

For the first time in recorded history, a pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, a development that could signal a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. After a week of questions about a mysterious green patch at the bottom of the volcano’s Halemaumau crater, the former home of a famed lava lake, researchers confirmed the presence of water on Thursday,...

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103-year-old ex-chemist to be honored for work on penicillin
Aug03

103-year-old ex-chemist to be honored for work on penicillin

The story is family lore. In 1942, chemist Robert Walton, then in his late 20s, was drafted following the attacks on Pearl Harbor and boarded a bus in Rahway, New Jersey, for basic training at Fort Dix. His journey lasted only a few miles (kilometers) when FBI agents boarded the bus and explained that Walton had to return to work at his laboratory at nearby Merck & Co. His mission: to expand supplies of penicillin. “Audrey...

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Crows enjoy getting food cleverly more than getting it easily
Aug03

Crows enjoy getting food cleverly more than getting it easily

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Getting food is nice. But scoring that food through clever tool use is even better, according to a study on a famously smart species of crow. The findings suggest that humans aren’t the only animals to enjoy puzzles, games and challenges for their own sake. New Caledonian crows live on a cluster of remote islands in the South Pacific. The crows are well known to...

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Climate protesters block entrance to German coal plant
Aug03

Climate protesters block entrance to German coal plant

Dozens of environmentalists are blocking the entrance to a coal-fired power plant in the German city of Mannheim in protest over the burning of fossil fuels. Mannheim police said about 40-50 climate activists have been staging the protest since the early hours of Saturday. Police spokesman Michael Klump said that while most protesters are gathered at the plant’s main entrance, several have entered the premises and are blocking a...

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