Uncovering the secrets of water and ice as materials

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Water is vital to life on Earth and its importance simply can’t be overstated—it’s also deeply rooted within our conscience that there’s something extremely special about it. Yet, from a scientific point of view, much remains unknown about water and its many solid phases, which display a plethora of unusual properties and so-called anomalies that, while central to water’s chemical and biological importance, are often viewed as controversial.

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Closing the carbon loop: Team identifies new catalyst that advances capture, conversion of atmospheric carbon dioxide

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Research at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering focused on developing a new catalyst that would lead to large-scale implementation of capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) was recently published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Catalysis Science & Technology.

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Necrophilia—most offensive of offences, but no one prosecuted

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No case of necrophilia has ever come before UK courts, although British awareness of the offence is high – and was further raised by some of the most distressing revelations about Jimmy Savile’s activities. It is also of one the dark themes of current BBC TV series Rillington Place, dramatising the crimes of 1940s mass murderer John Reginald Christie.

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How to overcome end-point bias in the media to make smarter decisions

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“End-point bias” is a well-known psychological tendency to interpret a recent short-term fluctuation as a reversal of a long-term trend. A study published in Environment Communication has concluded that end-point bias can be overcome by use of the LIVA – Leveraging-Involving-Visualizing-Analogizing – method, which has the potential to improve decisions made by the public and policy makers.

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Report outlines how to make equity part of California's low-carbon economy

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Governor Jerry Brown’s signing last week of two landmark climate bills, SB 32 and AB 197, demonstrates the emergence of a powerful coalition of environmentalists, labor unions and grassroots “environmental justice” organizations that will be crucial to achieving the new emissions goals, as explained in a new report by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California.

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