extra extra newspaperWatch Out for the Harvest Moon
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 – According to folklore, every full Moon has a special name. There’s the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Flower Moon, the Strawberry Moon, the Thunder Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon, the Beaver Moon, and the Long Night’s Moon. Each name tells us something about the season or month in which the full Moon appears. This month’ … more

Scripps Research Institute scientists solve century-old chemistry problem
La Jolla CA (SPX) Sep 16, 2013 – Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to apply a “foundational reaction” of organic chemistry to a stubborn class of chemicals, in a transformation that has been thought impossible for a century. The classic SN2 reaction has enabled chemists to build and modify many pharmaceuticals as well as other useful organic molecules. While the reaction had been thought t … more

New battery uses microbes to turn sewage into energy
Washington (AFP) Sept 16, 2013 – US scientists may have found a new way to produce clean energy by way of dirty water, according to a new study out Monday. The engineers have developed a more efficient method to use microbes to harness electricity from wastewater. They hope their technique could be used in wastewater treatment facilities and to break down organic pollutants in the “dead zones” of oceans and lakes where … more