Scientists Are Stuck on the Mystery of Tape

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There’s a certain patience required for studying sticky tape. Sure, sometimes experiments require peeling, but other times, researchers must simply sit around and wait for the adhesive to fail. These experiments are bringing scientists closer to something that doesn’t yet exist: a unified theory of tape.

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https://gizmodo.com/scientists-are-stuck-on-the-mystery-of-tape-1835074649

Beyond the Hype of Lab-Grown Diamonds

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aBillions of years ago when the world was still young, treasure began forming deep underground. As the edges of Earth’s tectonic plates plunged down into the upper mantle, bits of carbon, some likely hailing from long-dead life forms were melted and compressed into rigid lattices. Over millions of years, those…

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https://earther.gizmodo.com/beyond-the-hype-of-lab-grown-diamonds-1834890351

Scientists Produce Rigorous Study of Why Grapes Spark in the Microwave

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A paper published Monday in a well-known science journal begins with the following sentence: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.” A universally acknowledged truth indeed… but what causes this microwave marvel?

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https://gizmodo.com/scientists-produce-rigorous-study-of-why-grapes-spark-i-1832660386