Heterogeneous catalyst reduces the cost of synthesis of cyclic polymers

Chemists from the USA, South Korea, Hungary and Switzerland have developed a heterogeneous ruthenium-based catalyst for the synthesis of cyclic polymers from cyclopentene. They also managed to come up with a reaction installation that makes it easy to separate the catalyst from the reaction products. The study was published in Nature Chemistry. Linear polymers containing… Continue reading Heterogeneous catalyst reduces the cost of synthesis of cyclic polymers

Bushfire smoke raised temperatures in Australia by three degrees

British climatologists studied the distribution of smoke in the stratosphere after bushfires in Australia in 2019–2020. They found that black carbon particles in the smoke increased the average temperature in the lower stratosphere by 0.7 degrees worldwide, with temperatures rising by three degrees over Australia. Additionally, the reaction of smoke and ozone has caused the… Continue reading Bushfire smoke raised temperatures in Australia by three degrees

Ice-resistant self-propelled platform “North Pole” went on its first voyage

The research vessel North Pole has set out on its maiden voyage, the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute said in a statement. It will carry an expedition to the Central Arctic, which will continue the research of the region begun in the 1930s. The 41st Arctic drifting polar station will continue regular research of the… Continue reading Ice-resistant self-propelled platform “North Pole” went on its first voyage

Ingenuity survived the Martian winter

The Martian drone Ingenuity made its first full flight after two months of inactivity, thereby confirming that it successfully survived the coldest part of the Martian winter. In the near future, the drone will receive a software update and will go to explore the delta of the ancient river in the Jezero crater. reported on… Continue reading Ingenuity survived the Martian winter

James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

The James Webb Infrared Space Observatory has captured its first direct image of superjupiter HIP 65426b as it orbits the yellow-white dwarf in a wide orbit. The image made it possible to clarify the parameters of the planet and prove the high efficiency of the observatory in direct observations of exoplanets. A preprint of the… Continue reading James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

MOXIE received 50 grams of oxygen from the Martian atmosphere in 9 hours

The team of the MOXIE experiment to obtain oxygen from the Martian atmosphere presented the results of its work on Mars for 2021. The device installed on the Perseverance rover worked for a total of almost 9 hours, during which time it generated 50 grams of oxygen suitable for human use. Thus, on the basis… Continue reading MOXIE received 50 grams of oxygen from the Martian atmosphere in 9 hours

Astronomers have not found a dense atmosphere near a hot super-Earth

Astronomers, thanks to the TESS and Spitzer telescopes, have determined that the hot super-Earth GJ 1252b is not capable of having a dense atmosphere, even with a high initial pressure at the surface of the planet or a high carbon content in the magma. Instead, it may be surrounded only by a tenuous exosphere, replenished… Continue reading Astronomers have not found a dense atmosphere near a hot super-Earth

Meteorologists predicted the first “triple” La Niña this century

The cold phase of the Southern Oscillation – La Niña – may last until the end of 2022 – early 2023, according to a press release from the World Meteorological Organization. If meteorologists' forecasts come true, for the first time this century, La Niña will be observed for three consecutive winters in the Northern Hemisphere.… Continue reading Meteorologists predicted the first “triple” La Niña this century

An organometallic cocatalyst helped produce ammonia by electrolysis

Chemists from the USA have found a cobalt-based cocatalyst, which, together with a tungsten-based catalyst, makes it possible to effectively produce ammonia from nitrogen under electrolysis conditions. Thanks to this combination of catalysts, the process was able to be carried out at a relatively high potential of −1.35 volts and with a current efficiency of… Continue reading An organometallic cocatalyst helped produce ammonia by electrolysis

The January eruption of the Tonga volcano triggered a 90 meter high tsunami.

The initial height of the tsunami caused by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15, 2022 was 90 meters. These conclusions were reached by researchers from the UK, New Zealand, Croatia and Japan, who analyzed changes in atmospheric pressure and sea level and created nine models of a volcanic tsunami.… Continue reading The January eruption of the Tonga volcano triggered a 90 meter high tsunami.