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A massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico just before midnight on Thursday. The campus’ Darrin Communications Center served as the central hub — and temporary home — for avid student hackers focused on creating projects in areas of technology that address hardware, web, data, mobile, video game and virtual reality, and the humanitarian fields, among others.

Too little is known about the newfound impact to guess its origin, size or effect on the global climate, said geochemist Morgan Schaller of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. But it fits in with the long-standing and controversial proposal that a comet impact caused the PETM.science in the news

The oil industry faces a bottleneck holding back resurgent domestic oil production – an outmoded U.S. distribution system Pipeline construction often lags production booms by years – if proposed lines are built at all – because of opposition from environmentalists and landowners, topographic obstacles, and permitting and construction challenges.science in the news

Cloud telephony is a new name for something called Voice Over IP, except in a business context,” said James Hendler, director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.science in the news

Acidic pollutants can also ruin buildings and sculptures as the acid can dissolve rock and metal over a longer period of time as seen in figure 3. Some of the harder rocks (granite) aren’t as easy to dissolve but stones such as sandstone and lime stones are damaged easily.