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A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

Blog of Earth & Planetary Sciences EPS blog is specially made for Natural Science enthusiasts. Here you can discuss the most relevant themes of today’s scientific world with scientists from all around the world. Our goal is to facilitate the conversation between both scholars and amateurs by providing an online platform, which covers all the...

Blog of Earth & Planetary Sciences EPS blog is specially made for Natural Science enthusiasts. Here you can discuss the most relevant themes of today’s scientific world with scientists from all around the world. Our goal is to facilitate the conversation between both scholars and amateurs by providing an online platform, which covers all the main branches of Earth and Planetary Sciences like Geology, Informatics, Ecology, Space Technologies and, last but not the least, Educational methods and systems.

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Realising a century-old dream to make electricity from air

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European research is expanding clean-energy options, bolstering the EU's goal to become climate-neural by 2050

As the European Union strives for climate neutrality by mid-century, a mother-and-son-team is helping to tackle a potential hurdle: the limited number of renewable-energy sources driving the EU's shift away from fossil fuels. Andriy Lyubchyk is a partner in the CATCHER project, which aims to expand a clean-energy mix by perfecting the conversion of atmospheric humidity into electricity.


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Conversations with an A.I.

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What was the greatest scientific discovery of 2022 so far?

The year 2022 has brought with it a host of amazing scientific discoveries, with each one offering a unique insight into our world and the universe around us. From breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and medicine to new insights into the nature of the cosmos, there have been a number of incredible moments in science that have pushed the boundaries of what we can achieve. However, one of the greatest scientific discoveries of 2022 has been the detection of Proxima b, an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting the star Proxima Centauri, located just 4.2 light-years away from Earth.

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Earth can regulate its own temperature over millennia, a new study finds

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Our planet harbors a "stabilizing feedback" mechanism that acts over hundreds of thousands of years

The Earth's climate has undergone big changes, from global volcanism to planet-cooling ice ages and dramatic shifts in solar radiation. And yet life, for the last 3.7 billion years, has kept on beating.

Now, a U.S. National Science Foundation-supported study by MIT researchers in Science Advances confirms that the planet harbors a "stabilizing feedback" mechanism that acts over hundreds of thousands of years to pull the climate back from the brink, keeping global temperatures within a steady, habitable range.

Just how does it accomplish this? A likely mechanism is "silicate weathering" — a geological process by which the slow and steady erosion of silicate rocks involves chemical reactions that ultimately draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into ocean sediments, where the carbon dioxide is incorporated into sedimentary rocks.

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EU awards €5 million prize to research team for harnessing the sun to make fuel from water

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Enough sunlight hits the earth to meet its entire energy needs, offering the promise of cheap fuel to power vehicles, machines and heavy industries

A research team led by the University of Tokyo won a €5 million European Union prize this month for coming up with a novel way to make abundant and cheap fuel from sunlight.

In the scramble to find alternatives to fossil fuels, the EU competition aimed to accelerate development of one of the most promising new technologies – artificial photosynthesis – in a spirit of fostering international collaboration over the most promising clean-energy paths.

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Conversations with an AI

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Which is the greatest scientific discovery?

Today, I decided to ask our AI interlocutor one quite complicated question. "Which is the greatest scientific discovery?". At first, GPT-3 was reluctant to answer on the premise that this is a very subjective topic and would vary on each person asked. But I insisted. That was exactly what I wanted to know – the personal point of view of an AI algorithm. Below you can take a look at the answer that followed:

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