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August 14, 2014

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7:18 PM | Garnet Electrolyte Based Safe Wins NASA Funding
The University of Maryland Energy Research Center faculty, Eric Wachsman, Liangbing Hu, and Chunsheng Wang have been awarded funding from NASA for their Garnet Electrolyte Based Safe, lithium-sulfur energy storage technology.
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7:17 PM | Parks Attract Affluent Homeowners to Earthquake Fault Zones Despite Risks
The Alquist-Priolo law keeps new homes away from active earthquake faults. But a study finds that the resulting "fault zone parks" attract wealthy residents despite the seismic hazard.
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5:29 PM | California Isn’t Just Dry — It’s Hot
California's average temperature for January through July was the highest on record.
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5:18 PM | Virtual Barcodes
This weeks literature screen revealed a very interesting proof-of-principle study published by some colleagues from Brandeis University in Waltham, USA. They thought of utilizing a PCR method that was developed about ten years ago.Linear-After-The-Exponential-PCR (LATE-PCR) is an asymmetric PCR method in which one DNA strand in a double-stranded DNA template is preferentially amplified. It is used in sequencing and hybridization probing where amplification of only one of the two strands is […]
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4:56 PM | Nanotubular Material Could Be Used for Energy Storage
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have created a new material that is 10 times stronger and stiffer than traditional aerogels of the same density.
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3:28 PM | Bio2Electric to Develop Catalyst for Ethylene, Propylene Production
Bio2Electric, LLC, dba EcoCatalytic Technologies, is collaborating with North Carolina State University, among other industry partners,to develop a new catalyst technology to produce ethylene and propylene from natural gas.
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3:16 PM | #6: Right whales, Fin whales!
After two full survey days, it was nice to have Saturday to catch up on office work and have a team meeting. Everyone went to bed pretty early because the weather for the next few days was looking great, and we needed to be well-rested and ready for it. A small team, meeting in Saturday's sunshine. So, on Sunday we pushed off the dock at 6:45 AM and ventured out into
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1:59 PM | Volkswagen, Audi to Offer More Sustainable Driving Experience
As the Volkswagen family of automobiles enters their new hybrid and electric vehicles to the U.S. they’ve already started partnering with companies to offer a more sustainable driving experience, like home solar power and carbon sequestration.
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1:54 PM | Flash Floods Check in to Nebraska Hospital
By Jason Bittel Flash floods crashed through the doors of a hospital cafeteria in Nebraska yesterday. A surveillance camera captured the video above, which provides handy visual evidence that extreme rain events are becoming more frequent across the country. In fact, the heaviest downpours in Nebraska now carry 16 percent more water than they did in 1958. But that’s nothing compared to the Northeast United States, where extreme precipitation […]
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1:24 PM | Toilet paper
The Feedback section in the New Scientist last week (9th August 2014) was mostly devoted to the topic of toilet roll – having asked for figures on the annual consumption of this essential commodity, they have been regaled with anecdotes about the size of the army rations thereof, and differences in quality in different countries. It’s not often that the topic of toilet roll comes up in gardening circles. There is occasional talk, perhaps, of the lack of toilet facilities on […]
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1:00 PM | Otters feel the burn from wildfires
In the summer and fall of 2008, two major wildfires burned more than 70,000 hectares of California’s Big Sur area. Now researchers have found that sea otters may have suffered as a result. Scientists have done plenty of studies on how wildfires affect land animals. Habitat, diet, and reproduction rates can all be thrown out
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12:40 PM | UK wind sets new record and supplies more power than domestic coal, hydro and biomass
On Sunday night, wind power in the United Kingdom supplied more electricity than domestic coal, biomass, and hydropower (combined) and set a new record for maximum hourly output. According to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:17 AM | Bonus water likely for Lake Mead in 2015, but it’ll just keep dropping anyway
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s key August forecast, out today (pdf),projects that there will be enough water in the Colorado River system next year to release a bonus pulse of 770,000 acre feet of water from Lake Powell down to lake Mead above and beyond the legal requirements of the Colorado River Compact. But even with ...Continue reading ‘Bonus water likely for Lake Mead in 2015, but it’ll just keep dropping anyway’ »
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2:37 AM | The Jargonaut: What’s a Rossby Wave?
By Brian Palmer Editor’s note: If you follow environmental science and policy (or just dip a toe in every once in a while), you’re bound to encounter obscure terms and wonky jargon. OnEarth is here to explain them to you, in this new feature we call The Jargonaut. We’ll tell you why the term comes up (the chatter), what it means (the gist), and when you should break it out in casual conversation (the payoff). This is the year of obscure […]

August 13, 2014

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9:49 PM | We Can Restore Atlantic Cod – Are You Listening Pew
We can restore the Atlantic Cod back to historic abundance in just a few years. An open letter to The Pew Charitable Trusts We just... The post We Can Restore Atlantic Cod – Are You Listening Pew appeared first on Russ George.
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7:37 PM | Foam Maximizes Enhanced Oil Recovery
Scientists at Rice University have discovered that foam very well may be the best stuff to maximize enhanced oil recovery.
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5:42 PM | Daily Fusion Becomes Media Partner for Monetising Mature Fields 2014 Summit
We are pleased to announce that The Daily Fusion has become an official media partner for the Monetising Mature Fields 2014 Summit, taking place in Dubai this October.
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4:23 PM | We shall overcome
Over the past year it has become a morning ritual. Once settled in the office, which means that I have ensured sufficient coffee intake, I start browsing through various email, RSS feeds, and newsletters always on the look out for topics worth a blog post, a bulletin article, or simply a good read that might be useful in teaching. It doesn't happen very often, maybe once a month, that I come across a publication were my first reaction is an outcry of bewilderment. Today was such a day. It was […]
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3:55 PM | 2M UK Customers Switch to Independent Energy Suppliers
According to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), more than two million customers have switched to independent energy suppliers since 2010.
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2:59 PM | A Visit to the End of the Line
By Rocky Kistner News reports about Keystone XL often mention that, if approved, the proposed tar sands oil pipeline would carry dirty Canadian crude from northern Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Sometimes they even mention the name of the town where those refineries are located: Port Arthur, Texas. But Port Arthur is far more than just a name on the map. As Ted Genoways reported for OnEarth last year (in a story that was awarded the prestigious […]
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2:12 PM | Mercury Rising
By Brian Palmer Toxicologists have a saying: “The dose makes the poison.” In other words, there is no such thing as “toxic” or “non-toxic”—it always depends on how much of a substance you consume.So what’s a toxic level of mercury in your diet? This has long been a concern, because many fish contain measurable levels of mercury, which can cause profound neurological disease and death if consumed in sufficient […]
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2:01 PM | Hugh Jackman's Next Foe: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
By Jason Bittel Cute as this camera-licking critter is, there's a reason we decided to spotlight it (and its relatives) this morning, and I'm afraind it's not pretty. Marmots like this one require an alpine tundra environment to survive, but as the world warms, melting glaciers and shrinking forests, the rascally little marmot's habitat is shrinking. Scientists say another snow-loving member of the weasel family—the wolverine—could soon share a […]
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1:59 PM | NASA Selects Technologies for Deep Space Energy Storage
NASA has chosen four proposals for advanced technologies that may be utilized for deep space energy storage applications.
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12:00 PM | Penguins act as coal mine canaries for the Southern Ocean
Miners used to bring caged canaries down into the mines with them. The notion was that if toxic gases like methane or carbon monoxide leaked into the mine, then the canaries would die before the humans, giving the miners a chance to escape. The idea of a sentinel species is the same. Sentinels are groups
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11:21 AM | Extreme drought in US threatens groundwater supply
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. The current drought in California is one of the worst on record in the state’s history, and not surprisingly it has broken a 120-year-old record for heat. 80 percent of California is experiencing extreme drought. A State of Emergency was [...] The post Extreme drought in US threatens groundwater supply appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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7:54 AM | Supermoon
Taken on Sunday 10th August 2012 This blog posting is © copyright Emma Cooper 2014. Unauthorized duplication and/or republication is not permitted.
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1:53 AM | Water Restrictions: Meaning of ‘Mandatory’ Depends on Where You Live
Enforcement strategies are all over the map, literally and figuratively.
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12:42 AM | Stanford Professor Is First Woman to Win Math’s Highest Prize
Maryam Mirzakhani studies geometry and a field called "dynamical systems."

August 12, 2014

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7:09 PM | What is the Best Way to Combat Confirmation Bias?
If I was 20 years younger and participated in a certain body art trend, I might have a tattoo inscribed on my forearm that said something like this: Confirmation bias MT @jayphilips: “The assumptions you start with dictate the conclusions you arrive at.” @james_christie #CAST2014 — Josh Meier (@moshjeier) August 12, 2014 As the Skeptics […]The post What is the Best Way to Combat Confirmation Bias? appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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6:33 PM | X-Rays Track Chemical Reactions in EV Battery Materials
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory are using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions.
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