Thu, 03/22/2018 - 9:48am

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

The Price of Biofuels

Before we talk about future fuels, it’s important to spell out some definitions. 

A biofuel is a fuel that is produced through contemporary biological processes. I know that’s quite a mouthful for a definition, but it takes in agriculture, plants growing wild in the forest, field crops like corn, ocean grasses, and even anaerobic digestion.  In fact, biofuels can be derived directly from plants, or indirectly from agricultural, commercial, domestic, and/or industrial waste.

Make your own Diamond

Scientists are still figuring out just how diamonds were formed in the Earth roughly one-to-three billion years ago. But while the research continues, if you wanted to give creating diamonds a try, maybe because you’re ready to take the next step in your relationship or you're looking for an investment, here’s a rough recipe. 

First, it’s important to know that diamonds are made out of carbon. 

So, start by burying carbon dioxide about 100-150 miles deep in the Earth’s mantle. 

How to Kick that Habit

Now that Duke University researchers have shown how habits form, and unform, in the brain, the idea of actually breaking a bad habit looks like even more of a challenge. But researchers say, take heart, it can still be done! In fact, knowing what you're up against, as revealed in Duke's research, plays a big role in winning the battle. 

Here are some tips for breaking bad habits: 

1. Understand the Situation 

The Clean Revolution

If you want to understand the uniquely American obsession with cleanliness, including the use of deodorants, you have to start with the United States military. More specifically, you have to start with a pivotal point in military history that not only changed America, but in the long run, also changed how Americans viewed sanitation. 

The Mighty Oak

The oak tree is more than just a tree. It’s also a symbol. And that symbolism is rooted (no pun intended) in fact. But before we talk symbol and fact, close your eyes for a moment and think about two types of trees: the palm tree and the oak tree.

Shedding Light on Chemicals

We are exposed to chemicals on a daily basis. Sometimes the exposure is obvious: a cleaning solution, garden fertilizer or even the coating of a non-stick pan in your kitchen. 

But many times those interactions are not so clear: the chemical makeup of the water bottle you drink from, the dye on a shirt or the deodorizer in the bathroom at work.