Dec. 13th, 2009

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Strange 'Norway spiral' was an out-of-control missile - space - 10 December 2009 - New Scientist

The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that this photo was of a failed Russian submarine-launched Bulava missile. The missile was supposed to be able to evade missile-defense systems, but 6 of the last 11 launches have failed, representing a significant setback to the program. The image is believed to be a result of a damaged nozzle on the missile's third stage, well above the atmosphere. As a result the missile spiraled out of control, creating the vortex.

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Battery lithium could come from geothermal waste water - tech - 10 December 2009 - New Scientist

A geothermal plant in California may be able to generate more than just geothermal energy. The geothermal water used in the process is also rich in lithium so may provide a new source of lithium for battery production. The company is examining the possibility of pulling other metals from the water.

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Plastic bags recycled into nanotubes - tech - 11 December 2009 - New Scientist

A technique has been developed to convert discarded plastic bags into nanotubes for use in batteries, generating a product more valuable than the original waste material. The bags are "cooked" at above 600C in the presence of cobalt acetate catalyst, causing the bonds to break down and carbon nanotubes to grow on thesurface of the catalyst. The cobalt acetate then becomes the anode of a lithium battery.
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Lobsters to Be Supersized by Climate Change?

A recent study has shown that increasing CO2 levels could result in larger crustaceans (lobsters, crabs, shrimp, etc.), but species like clams and coral on which these creatures depend would get weaker, adversely affecting crustacean populations.

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