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How to Clean a Rusty Cast-Iron Skillet

Think your favorite pan is beyond repair? Here's how to get rid of even the toughest cast-iron rust damage.<p>It isn't hard to maintain a cast-iron pan, but sometimes life gets the better of us and we don't follow proper use, maintenance, or cleaning protocol. Sure, you know not to cook acidic …

Cleaning

3 atom thick materials could lead to ultra-thin processors

Researchers from Cornell University have announced a breakthrough in transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) production that could lead to much thinner transistors, the building block for faster, smaller and more power efficient processors.<p>TMDs are promising materials for future semi-conductors, …

10 of the best beaches … that you’ve probably never heard of

Photograph: Alamy<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/24/1429896408101/07566b2b-290d-40a6-b741-c96d15bcff6b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Beaches

Machu Picchu

<b>Site</b>: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu <b><br>Location</b>: Peru <b><br>Year Designated</b>: 1983 <b><br>Category</b>: Cultural <b><br>Criteria</b>: (i)(iii)(vii)(ix) <b><br>Reason</b>: Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.<p>* * *<p>Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and …

National Geographic Travel

Crustacean shells rival plastics for keeping food fresh - study - TRFN

ROME, Jan 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Packaging made from recycled crustacean shells could reduce the need for plastic wrappings to preserve fresh vegetables, reduce oil consumption and give food a longer shelf-life, a Spanish study said.<p>Chitosan, a bioplastic made by isolating organic matter …

Environmentalism

MIT Invention Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

It could help farmers in developing countries<p>From plants to people, every living thing on this planet needs water. But getting enough to survive, and survive comfortably, that can be a little tricky. Just look at the furor around California's new water restrictions. If a state as wealthy as …

Pioneering 3D touch screens unveiled by Lancaster University

Scientists from Lancaster University are working on a project designed to create responsive 3D computer screens.<p>They have devised a way of making data "come out" of the screen.<p>The technology is being displayed at a major conference in South Korea this week.

An unknown force is pulling the Milky Way and all else towards it at 14 million mph

The Night Sky in April 2015: the Great Attractor is neither a black hole or a super-cluster of galaxies, but we are travelling towards it inexorably<p><i>The chart shows the whole sky as it would appear from the UK at 23:00 on April 1st, 22:00 on April 15th and 21:00 on April 30th. All times are …

Real Paleo Diet: early hominids ate just about everything

Hominids didn’t spread across Africa, and then the entire globe, by utilizing just one foraging strategy or sticking to a precise mix of …

Happy birthday, Albert Einstein

Born on this date in 1879, Einstein changed our notions of space, time and matter – launched modern physics – and became a household name.<p><b>March 14,</b> …

Oceans yield 1,500 new creatures, many others lurk unknown

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists identified almost 1,500 new creatures in the world’s oceans last year, including a humpbacked dolphin and a giant jellyfish, and reckon that most species of marine life are yet to be found.<p>The experts publishing their findings on Thursday listed a total of 228,450 marine …

Zoology