Rediscovered Apollo data gives first measure of how fast moon dust piles up

When Neil Armstrong took humanity’s first otherworldly steps in 1969, he didn’t know what a nuisance the lunar soil beneath his feet would prove to be. The scratchy dust clung to everything it touched, causing scientific instruments to overheat and, for Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, a sort of lunar dust hay fever. The annoying particles even prompted a scientific experiment to figure out how fast they collect, but NASA’s data got lost.

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Let’s just harvest invasive species — problem solved?

Although invasive Asian carp have been successfully harvested and served on a dinner plate, harvesting invasive plants to convert into ethanol isn’t as easy.

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VIDEO: Filipinos go fishing in ‘fridge boats’

Fishermen in a small coastal community in the Philippines, who lost their boats in Typhoon Haiyan, start taking to the sea in fridges they have turned into improvised fishing vessels.

Aging erodes genetic control, but that’s flexible

Biologists at Brown University have found a way to measure the effects of aging by watching the ebb and flow of chromatin, a structure along strands of DNA that either silences or permits gene expression. In several newly published experiments they show that gene silencing via chromatin in fruit flies declines with age.

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Mistrust overshadows Iran nuclear talks

Following earlier shocks and recriminations, the need for an effective inspection regime will be crucial to any deal from the Geneva negotiations