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And Now: Toffee-Fueled Rockets!

Thorntonstoffee

In a study that would make Willy Wonka proud, an engineer from the University of Hertfordshire demonstrated on BBC1’s Bang Goes the Theory that a rocket-powered bicycle fueled with a mixture of toffee and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) could reach speeds up to 30mph. [St. Alban’s Review]

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Student Divers Document Coral Reproduction

Staghorn coral

Tampa Bay area students worked closely with scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this summer to help scientists document and better understand the reproduction of staghorn coral in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Classified as federally threatened, staghorn coral reproduce only once a year, and the activity is difficult to observe because it lasts for only about 15 minutes in one evening. Scientists had never documented the event in the Florida Keys before.

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