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Navy should not be allowed to use LFA sonar systems: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Navy should not be allowed to use LFA sonar systems: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California has said that low-frequency active (LFA) sonar systems used in world’s oceans violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Also, they have a negative impact on dolphins, seals, whales and walruses, as they are dependent on underwater sound for navigation.

LFA are used in areas covering 70% of the world’s oceans. The court has ruled out that it would not allow the Navy to use the LFA sonar systems to detect the presence of submarines. Experts said that the navy sonar systems could generate sound waves as high as 235 decibels.

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Speculations high on new particle discovery with LHC

Speculations high on new particle discovery with LHC

Researchers at CERN are preparing to unveil the data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), after hiatus of three years of the confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson. The researchers said that the probability of finding something new is highest.

Scientists have been sifting through the debris from the smash-up of two beams of protons, so as to have hint of previously undiscovered particles. Last year, scientists were able to detect more photon particles than expected.

Researchers accidently create 'water-oozing' nanorods having large range of real-world applications

Researchers accidently create 'water-oozing' nanorods having large range of real-world applications

Researchers’ experiment didn't go as planned, resulting into the formation of nanorods by chance, they closely analyzed the microscopic, unplanned spawns of science. Using a vapor analysis instrument, Chemist Satish Nune was scrutinizing the solid, carbon-rich nanorods, and he noticed that the nanorods strangely lost weight with the rise in humidity.

Nune and his colleagues thought that the instrument had malfunctioned, and shifted their attention to another tool, a high-powered microscope.

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Researchers turn CO2 into stone in speed-up version of natural phenomenon

Researchers turn CO2 into stone in speed-up version of natural phenomenon

Researchers have turned carbon dioxide into stone. Naturally, this process can take a lot of time, but its speed-up version to just months. Researchers believe that the ability to capture and store carbon dioxide could help cut the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Study’s lead researcher Juerg Matter from the University of Southampton, UK, said that it is the best way to deal with carbon dioxide, turn them into stone. The experiment was carried out by a research team being led by Juerg Matter from the University of Southampton.

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Novel way to turn carbon dioxide into gas in two years

Novel way to turn carbon dioxide into gas in two years

Scientists have found a way to turn carbon dioxide into rock. Natures can perform the task but may take thousands of years. In the new method, the researchers have mixed carbon dioxide with water and then injected the mix into basaltic rock and there it solidified into veins.

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Bionic leaf converts solar energy into chemical far better than any other similar system

Bionic leaf converts solar energy into chemical far better than any other similar system

A very useful system has been developed by a team of Harvard researchers that imitates the process of photosynthesis therefore it has been named as bionic leaf or artificial leaf.

The new system stores the sun energy and converts the same into chemical energy using a hybrid mechanism of inorganic chemistry and living organisms. As per the researchers, the efficacy level of the process is far better than any other similar system and in fact, photosynthesis as well.

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MIT develops algorithm that can give ships 2-3 minutes of warning before rogue wave appears

MIT develops algorithm that can give ships 2-3 minutes of warning before rogue wave appears

MIT researchers claim they have created an algorithm that warns ships 2-3 minutes before rogue waves appear. Generally, rogue waves are twice as high as other waves and during rare circumstances, can reach 100 feet in height.

They can obviously prove quite destructive, both in terms of life and property. Though, two-three minutes don’t sound much, but in comparison to literally zero notice, the offered time can save life and help the crew manage the damage to some extent.

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Plasma confinement and cooling technique could revolutionize fusion energy sector

Plasma confinement and cooling technique could revolutionize fusion energy sector

Rapid cooling of high temperature plasma using a new confinement technique could be helpful in changing the way we look at fusion energy, according to a new research. The research team found that high-temperature and high-density plasma could be confined using strong magnetic fields and this could lead to further advancement of fusion energy techniques.

Scientists discover a way to boost efficiency of light-harvesting systems using genetically engineered viruses

Scientists discover a way to boost efficiency of light-harvesting systems using genetically engineered viruses

Scientists have come up with a way to boost the efficiency of light-harvesting systems by using genetically engineered viruses. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that the researchers got their feat via exotic effects of quantum mechanics named as 'quantum weirdness'. The effects include fascinating ability of a particle to be present in more than one place in space and time.

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GE’s Q4 profit jumps 9%

GE’s Q4 profit jumps 9%

General Electric Co (GE) on Friday reported an increase of 9 per cent in its quarterly industrial profit, thanks to strong turbines and jet engines business that offset weak oil & gas sales.

The company's net income in the fourth quarter jumped 61 per cent to $5.15 billion, or 51 cents per share, from the corresponding quarter of last year.

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