ResearchBlogging editor's selections: water on the sun, nanotubes in the garden, mysterious magnetic field reversals, and ancient Chinese roads

Nov 16 2009 Published by under General science, Science news

  • Water on the Sun. If you thought finding water on the moon was surprising, let Invader Xan at Supernova Condensate explain how water has now been found on the surface of the Sun!
  • Sprucing up your garden with carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes have been hyped for applications as diverse as paper batteries and space elevators.  Now, Michael Long at Phased describes a very unusual application of the exotic material: helping your tomato plants grow!
  • The amazing disappearing asymmetric magnetic reversals. On a geological timescale, the Earth's magnetic field occasionally 'flips' direction; the study of such paleomagnetism gives interesting insight into the Earth's geological history.  But Chris Rowan at Highly Allochthonous discusses research that suggests that the behavior of the magnetic field has been even more complicated than previously appreciated.  Or has it?
  • Road Redux. Road construction can have a huge negative impact on the ecosystems they are carved through.  Instead of using new techniques to reduce this impact in mountain regions, others are considering a technique that dates back to the Qin dynasty in China!  Roberta Kwok of Journal Watch Online discusses the research.

Check back next Monday for more “miscellaneous” highlights!

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