Massive supercontinent will form hundreds of millions of years from now

Supercontinents — giant landmasses made up of multiple continents — could emerge again on Earth 200 million years from now, and where they form on the globe could drastically affect our planet’s climate. Scientists recently modeled this “deep future” view of Earth with a supercontinent makeover, presenting their findings Dec. 8 at the annual meeting […]

Pfizer is shipping millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses this week

Pfizer shipped frozen vials of its COVID-19 vaccine around the country today. (Pexels/) Shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine went out around the country yesterday as death counts hurdle towards 300,000. This morning, healthcare workers started receiving the vaccine, in what the AP called in a tweet “the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history.” This comes […]

New solvent-based recycling process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste — ScienceDaily

Multilayer plastic materials are ubiquitous in food and medical supply packaging, particularly since layering polymers can give those films specific properties, like heat resistance or oxygen and moisture control. But despite their utility, those ever-present plastics are impossible to recycle using conventional methods. About 100 million tons of multilayer thermoplastics — each composed of as […]

New solvent-based recycling process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste

The solvent-targeted recovery and precipitation (STRAP) process recycles multilayered plastic waste into pure, reusable plastic materials, such as polyethylene (PE), ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), or polyethylene teraphthalate (PET). Credit: Alex K. Chew Multilayer plastic materials are ubiquitous in food and medical supply packaging, particularly since layering polymers can give those films specific properties, like heat […]

Astronomers detect millions of signals from an intelligent civilization: Us

The Universe seems like a lonely place. We know – we’re proof of it – that intelligent civilizations (yes, civilizations) are possible. Finding signs of other civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy is not such a simple matter, but we do have tools at our disposal. Based on our own technological capabilities, we can extrapolate what […]

Giant lizards learnt to fly over millions of years

Rhamphohynchus – one of 75 pterosaur species studied by the researchers Credit: Mark Witton Pterodactyls and other related winged reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs steadily improved their ability to fly to become the deadly masters of the sky over the course of millions of years. A new study published in the journal Nature has […]