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Contents: Progress in Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 42, No.3, 2017

Posted on 12. September, 2017.

Progress in Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism presents results from the fields of kinetics and mechanisms of chemical processes in the gas phase and solution of both simple and complex systems.


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State of the Art of Photovoltaic Technologies

Posted on 28. September, 2010.

Our sun is the only sustainable energy source large enough to supply carbon-neutral energy to meet humanity’s entire energy demand. However, there is a large gap between Europe’s solar energy use (less than 1% of the total) and the enormous, untapped potential of the sun. There could be several reasons listed why it is so – social, political, technological – but the fundamental reason is insufficient efficiency of sunlight-to-energy conversion devices manufactured from inexpensive materials thus preventing large scale uptake. Along with thermal and photoelectrochemical sunlight-to-energy conversion, photovoltaics – an approach of converting sunlight directly into electricity – is probably most mature for contributing to the increasing renewable energy use.


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UK's First Purple Heron Chick Takes Flight

Posted on 27. September, 2010.

It’s a sight wildlife lovers have been waiting for – the first purple heron chick ever to be raised successfully in the UK has taken its first flight and is learning to fend for itself.


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Ancient 'Terror Bird' Used Powerful Beak to Jab Like Boxer

Posted on 27. September, 2010.

The ancient "terror bird" Andalgalornis could not fly, but it used its unusually large, rigid skull - coupled with a hawk-like hooked beak – to fight like a boxer.


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Birds Fly into the Red

Posted on 24. September, 2010.

BirdLife International has announced, in the 2010 IUCN Red List update for birds, the extinction of the Alaotra Grebe. Restricted to a tiny area of east Madagascar, this species declined rapidly after carnivorous fish were introduced to the lakes in which it lived. This, along with the use of nylon gill-nets by fisherman which caught and drowned birds, has driven this species into extinction.


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Focus Shifts to Restoration in Gulf Oil Spill

Posted on 24. September, 2010.

Despite the major movement towards the permanent capping of the Macondo well (the remnant of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion), concern about the disaster's long-term toll on birds and their habitat remains very much alive, according to the US National Audubon Society.


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In the Next Issue of Science Progress...Nuclear Energy

Posted on 24. September, 2010.

With rising concern about climatic effects attributed in part to the use of fossil carbon-based fuels, and about possible difficulties in their future supply, nuclear energy promises to become increasingly important in coming decades.


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Nickel Chemical Transformation in Polluted Soils as Affected by Metal Source and Moisture Regime

Posted on 22. September, 2010.

It is important to examine chemical speciation, transformation and availability of heavy metals in polluted soils under different moisture conditions. The present study was, therefore, undertaken to study the fate of added Ni in different soils polluted with sludge or inorganic salt under field capacity and flooding moisture regimes.


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Influence of Nutrient Addition on Growth and Accumulation of Cadium and Copper in Lemna Gibba

Posted on 22. September, 2010.

The objective of this study was to determine whether nutrient enrichment enhances the metal tolerance of floating macrophytes, which would therefore enable the growth of floating vegetation in constructed wetlands at metal concentrations that would otherwise inhibit plant viability.


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