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Recycling – Cardboard Balers Help You Get Money from Trash the Easy Way

Why recycle?

Why do we need to recycle cardboards? Why not just dump them at the landfills and let them rot back to their organic origins? Well, there are a number of reasons why we need and indeed should recycle cardboard boxes and pieces; but probably the easiest answer to that question is simply because we can. However, conserving the environment while preserving our natural resources, cutting down on carbon emissions, saving money through reuse of resources and so on also form good arguments as to why we should recycle.  (more…)

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New Law of Physics Helps Humans and Robots Grasp the Friction of Touch

Although robotic devices are used in everything from assembly lines to medicine, engineers have a hard time accounting for the friction that occurs when those robots grip objects – particularly in wet environments. Researchers have now discovered a new law of physics that accounts for this type of friction, which should advance a wide range of robotic technologies. (more…)

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Neue Arbeitswelten durch Corona

Forscherin der Universität Freiburg stellt Studien zum Umgang mit digitalen Arbeitskulturen vor

Die Corona-Pandemie hat den Digitalisierungsprozess vieler Unternehmen beschleunigt. Videokonferenzen und die cloudbasierte Dokumentenablage gehören mittlerweile zum Standard im Homeoffice. „Covid-19 wird unsere Arbeit – und damit Arbeitsweisen, Arbeitsverhältnisse, Arbeitskulturen – möglicherweise langfristig und massiv verändern“, sagt Kulturwissenschaftlerin Dr. Sarah May von der Universität Freiburg. (more…)

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Q&A: ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system arriving in Pacific Northwest

After years in development, an earthquake early warning system known as ShakeAlert is on the cusp of being released in Oregon and Washington. The system that spans the West Coast was launched in California in late 2019. It launches to the public in Oregon on March 11, the 10th anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and in Washington in May. (more…)

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No eyes? No problem. Worms still avoid the blues

Worms don’t like the blues. At least not the blue-tinged toxic bacteria that are common in the environments where they live. But how does a bacteria-foraging worm — without eyes, photoreceptors, or the opsin genes that help animals perceive color — know to avoid the toxic, blue-reflecting bacterium known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa? (more…)

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Autophagie: Der Anfang vom Ende

Forschungsgruppe gelingt Einblick in die Entstehung der Recycling-Zentren der Zelle

Die Autophagie, vom Griechischen für “Selbst-Essen”, ist ein essentieller Prozess, um Zellbestandteile zu isolieren und zu recyclen, wenn die Zelle unter Stress steht oder Nährstoffe limitiert sind. Bei der Autophagie werden schadhafte Proteine oder Organellen in einer Doppelmembran, dem Autophagosom, eingekapselt und später abgebaut. (more…)

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The linguistic device that creates resonance between people and ideas

In literature, writers often use the word “you” generically to make an idea seem more universal, even though it might not be.

Now, in a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Michigan researchers show that this linguistic device—the use of the generic-you—has a hand in making ideas resonate. (more…)

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Letzte Warm­zeit: Ver­stärk­te Er­wär­mung in Berg­regio­nen

Tropfsteine wie ein Lottogewinn: Stalagmiten aus zwei Höhlen in den Schweizer Alpen ermöglichen erstmals eine durchgehende Rekonstruktion der Temperaturen im letzten Interglazial. Paul Wilcox vom Institut für Geologie zeigt in einer nun publizierten Studie, dass hochalpine Gebiete von stärkeren Temperatur-Zunahmen betroffen waren als niedrigere Lagen. (more…)

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