1,4-Butanediol isn’t exactly the flashiest product on the market: with a four-carbon chain bounded by alcohol groups, the thick, colorless liquid is one of those “industrial chemicals” that makes the eyes glaze over. But the diminutive molecule is worth some serious cash, with an estimated global market cap of $2 billion. Ultimately, 1,4-butanediol, also known […]
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On its journey from plant to ice cream cone, vanilla travels thousands of miles. Shady fields of waist-high vines in Madagascar, the South Pacific, or Latin America produce valuable fruit, which is cured, oxidized, and dried in an intensive sequence of events lasting several weeks. It’s then shipped to markets around the world, just as […]
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Lasers and radioactive dating help scientists figure out how much muck the 2013 storms scraped out of the Colorado Rockies.
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An updated version of Gmail for Android adds a universal inbox with conversation view for external accounts.
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The commercials are the closest thing Star Citizen has to a conventional advertising campaign.
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With a spray-on reflective coating called Life Paint, Volvo wants to make cyclists more visible to drivers at night.
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Metabolic pathways are multi-step endeavors that process one molecule to another, all in the service of cellular health. But not every intermediate waypoint is always seen; they may be consumed quickly as enzymatic reactions progress toward their energy-yielding or food-procuring objectives, rendering potentially useful products invisible to scientists looking for new antibiotics or industrial chemicals. […]
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A new Android app lets you see how much data your apps are using when your phone is idle–and what they do with it.
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Tidal, the new streaming service backed by hip-hop mogul Jay Z, is being touted as an “artist-owned” endeavor. But is it any good for fans?
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Netflix crystallized the idea of an internet service that streamed unlimited amounts of TV and movies into your home. But the company isn’t finished.
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