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Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, April 7, 2017, In : Climate change 

Article by Brad Plumer 
  Mar 24, 2017  

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.

One problem with framing the goal this way, though, is that it’s maddeningly abstract. What does staying below 2°C entail? Papers on this topic usually drone on about a “carbon budget” ...

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Brené Brown on the Power of vulnerability (a brilliant, uplifting and funny TED Talk!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
The Power of Vulnerability!

Funny, insightful, brilliant, uplifting, scientific and humane...
Very very worth watching!

The Power of Vulnerability, a TED Talk, by Brené Brown (2010).

If you watch it, I'd love to know what you think and discuss it with you!
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A chemical treatment makes a household sponge thirsty for oil instead of water!!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Global 

A sponge that can’t absorb a single drop of water may seem like a dud. But if it readily soaks up oil, it could help purify chemical syntheses or clean up oil spills on water. Researchers now report a simple chemical method for turning a household sponge into a water-blocking oil absorber (Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/ie400942t).

In response to oil spills on water, cleanup crews often turn to sorbent materials, such as wool, straw, cotton, and synthetic sponges, to separate oil fr...

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