The newly discovered architecture of a copper-nitrenoid complex could revolutionize chemical synthesis
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The newly discovered architecture of a copper-nitrenoid complex could revolutionize chemical synthesis

Betley and his team of collaborators have characterized the architecture of a copper-nitrenoid complex, a catalyst hunted for over a half century. Credit: Harvard University To make soap, just insert an oxygen atom into a carbon-hydrogen bond. The recipe may sound simple. But carbon-hydrogen bonds, like gum stuck in hair, are difficult to pull apart.…

Building mountain biodiversity: Geological and evolutionary processes
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Building mountain biodiversity: Geological and evolutionary processes

AbstractMountain regions are unusually biodiverse, with rich aggregations of small-ranged species that form centers of endemism. Mountains play an array of roles for Earth’s biodiversity and affect neighboring lowlands through biotic interchange, changes in regional climate, and nutrient runoff. The high biodiversity of certain mountains reflects the interplay of multiple evolutionary mechanisms: enhanced speciation rates…

Earthquake safety tips
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Earthquake safety tips

Earthquakes regularly rattle our planet, striking somewhere in the world every hour of every day. Such events are the result of the slow-motion march of tectonic plates that build stresses in Earth’s crust and upper mantle. Eventually the stress hits a breaking point and releases in a ground-shaking quake that can send blocks of the…

How Soon Can Oil and Gas Operations Begin In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?
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How Soon Can Oil and Gas Operations Begin In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

The Arctic National Wildlife RefugePhoto: GettyThe oil and gas industry is one step closer to accessing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Bureau of Land Management released the final environmental impact statement for oil and gas drilling on the refuge’s 1.5 million-acre coastal plain on Thursday.Advocates and environmentalists are disappointed. The Alaskan refuge is one…

How spider silk is one of the most versatile materials on Earth
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How spider silk is one of the most versatile materials on Earth

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