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April 24, 2014

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7:41 PM | Quantum Dots Open Way For Solar Windowpanes
Recently scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of M...

Meinardi, F., Colombo, A., Velizhanin, K., Simonutti, R., Lorenzon, M., Beverina, L., Viswanatha, R., Klimov, V. & Brovelli, S. (2014). Large-area luminescent solar concentrators based on ‘Stokes-shift-engineered’ nanocrystals in a mass-polymerized PMMA matrix, Nature Photonics, DOI:

Semonin, O., Luther, J., Choi, S., Chen, H., Gao, J., Nozik, A. & Beard, M. (2011). Peak External Photocurrent Quantum Efficiency Exceeding 100% via MEG in a Quantum Dot Solar Cell, Science, 334 1530-1533. DOI:

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7:41 PM | Quantum Dots Open Way For Solar Windowpanes
Recently scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of M...

Meinardi, F., Colombo, A., Velizhanin, K., Simonutti, R., Lorenzon, M., Beverina, L., Viswanatha, R., Klimov, V. & Brovelli, S. (2014). Large-area luminescent solar concentrators based on ‘Stokes-shift-engineered’ nanocrystals in a mass-polymerized PMMA matrix, Nature Photonics, DOI:

Semonin, O., Luther, J., Choi, S., Chen, H., Gao, J., Nozik, A. & Beard, M. (2011). Peak External Photocurrent Quantum Efficiency Exceeding 100% via MEG in a Quantum Dot Solar Cell, Science, 334 1530-1533. DOI:

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7:41 PM | Quantum Dots Open Way For Solar Windowpanes
Recently scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of M...

Meinardi, F., Colombo, A., Velizhanin, K., Simonutti, R., Lorenzon, M., Beverina, L., Viswanatha, R., Klimov, V. & Brovelli, S. (2014). Large-area luminescent solar concentrators based on ‘Stokes-shift-engineered’ nanocrystals in a mass-polymerized PMMA matrix, Nature Photonics, DOI:

Semonin, O., Luther, J., Choi, S., Chen, H., Gao, J., Nozik, A. & Beard, M. (2011). Peak External Photocurrent Quantum Efficiency Exceeding 100% via MEG in a Quantum Dot Solar Cell, Science, 334 1530-1533. DOI:

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7:41 PM | Quantum Dots Open Way For Solar Windowpanes
Recently scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of M...

Meinardi, F., Colombo, A., Velizhanin, K., Simonutti, R., Lorenzon, M., Beverina, L., Viswanatha, R., Klimov, V. & Brovelli, S. (2014). Large-area luminescent solar concentrators based on ‘Stokes-shift-engineered’ nanocrystals in a mass-polymerized PMMA matrix, Nature Photonics, DOI:

Semonin, O., Luther, J., Choi, S., Chen, H., Gao, J., Nozik, A. & Beard, M. (2011). Peak External Photocurrent Quantum Efficiency Exceeding 100% via MEG in a Quantum Dot Solar Cell, Science, 334 1530-1533. DOI:

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2:09 PM | Severe droughts and wildfires threatens Amazonian rainforest
Extreme dry weather coupled with high-intensity wildfires is already beginning to damage large areas of the Amazon rainforest, a situation that is being made worse by continued deforestation and logging.  Uncontrolled wildfires are normally associated with scrubland vegetation in hot, dry regions such as Australia and south-western United States. However, they may soon become a […]

Brando PM, Balch JK, Nepstad DC, Morton DC, Putz FE, Coe MT, Silvério D, Macedo MN, Davidson EA, Nóbrega CC & Alencar A (2014). Abrupt increases in Amazonian tree mortality due to drought-fire interactions., PNAS, PMID:

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April 23, 2014

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8:00 PM | Love Letter to Food MinuteEarth provides an energetic and...
Love Letter to Food MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth’s environment — in just a few minutes! Alex’s Issue Brief:http://www.foodpolicy.umn.edu/prod/groups/cvm/@pub/@cvm/@fprc/documents/content/cvm_content_477272.pdf via Minute Earth. Subbable - https://subbable.com/minuteearth
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6:27 PM | Biofuels From Crop Residue May Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change (see footnote). Read more »

Liska, A., Yang, H., Milner, M., Goddard, S., Blanco-Canqui, H., Pelton, M., Fang, X., Zhu, H. & Suyker, A. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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6:27 PM | Biofuels From Crop Residue May Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change (see footnote). Read more »

Liska, A., Yang, H., Milner, M., Goddard, S., Blanco-Canqui, H., Pelton, M., Fang, X., Zhu, H. & Suyker, A. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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4:49 PM | Scientists Use Airplane to Detect Methane From Fracking
Using an airplane to detect greenhouse gas emissions from freshly drilled shale gas wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus basin, Cornell and Purdue scientists have found that leaked methane from fracking is a tougher problem—between a hundred- and a thousandfold—than previously thought. Read more »

Caulton, D., Shepson, P., Santoro, R., Sparks, J., Howarth, R., Ingraffea, A., Cambaliza, M., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Davis, K. & Stirm, B. (2014). Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI:

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4:49 PM | Scientists Use Airplane to Detect Methane From Fracking
Using an airplane to detect greenhouse gas emissions from freshly drilled shale gas wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus basin, Cornell and Purdue scientists have found that leaked methane from fracking is a tougher problem—between a hundred- and a thousandfold—than previously thought. Read more »

Caulton, D., Shepson, P., Santoro, R., Sparks, J., Howarth, R., Ingraffea, A., Cambaliza, M., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Davis, K. & Stirm, B. (2014). Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI:

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4:00 PM | Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making (Proceedings of the Royal Society B)
By Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a collective faces a variety of factors — as often happens in life and nature. Instead, Princeton University researchers report that smaller groups actually tend to make […]
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1:16 AM | Removal of crop residue for biofuels increases CO2 emissions
Back in 2007, Congress passed the US Energy Independence and Security Act, which was intended to be a mechanism towards removing our country’s dependence on petroleum and promote renewable energies.  The Senate opposed the original bill’s attempt to cut oil … Continue reading →

Liska, A., Yang, H., Milner, M., Goddard, S., Blanco-Canqui, H., Pelton, M., Fang, X., Zhu, H. & Suyker, A. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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April 22, 2014

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6:41 PM | Hagfish Slime Could Be Eco-Friendly Fabric
A new study on the defensive goo raises new mysteries and suggests it could be an eco-friendly alternative to nylon.
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6:41 PM | Hagfish Slime Could Be Eco-Friendly Fabric
A new study on the defensive goo raises new mysteries and suggests it could be an eco-friendly alternative to nylon.
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6:30 PM | Happy Earth Day: Here’s A Few Graphics Illustrating the Current State of Affairs On Our Planet
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. The first Earth Day, celebrated in 1970, was organized by environmental activists in a number of major cities who were fed up with the high levels of pollution that existed in many cities during that time (there were more factories in the cities in 1970 than there are now). Earth Day […]
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5:11 PM | Saving Goat Islands, Jamaica
Text and photos by Robin Moore, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers Guardian of the Reptiles “You’ve got to respect another life, so that the other life can respect yours,” says Booms, whose real name is Mr. Kenroy Williams, a young Jamaican who has devoted the past seven years of his life to protecting…
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5:11 PM | Saving Goat Islands, Jamaica
Text and photos by Robin Moore, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers Guardian of the Reptiles “You’ve got to respect another life, so that the other life can respect yours,” says Booms, whose real name is Mr. Kenroy Williams, a young Jamaican who has devoted the past seven years of his life to protecting…
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2:22 PM | Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes
No matter how rough a winter you think you had, it was nothing compared to what a wood frog survives every year. Some of these little amphibians are still waiting for spring, when they’ll thaw out and turn from frog-shaped blocks of ice back into animals. Recently, scientists took a close look at wood frogs […]The post Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes appeared first on Inkfish.

Larson DJ, Middle L, Vu H, Zhang W, Serianni AS, Duman J & Barnes BM (2014). Wood frog adaptations to overwintering in Alaska: New limits to freezing tolerance., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID:

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12:26 PM | The Tale of a Tubeworm and a Biofilm
by Jordan Kesner, Bryan Hancock, and Nicole Nalbandian The oceans of our world harbor an incredible diversity of life, the vast majority of which has yet to be observed or characterized. This is part of what makes the study of marine biology so exciting; there is, in essence, an endless sea of new and exciting underwater discoveries to be made. When a biologist thinks of the creatures that inhabit our oceans, one of the prominent examples that often comes to mind is the tubeworm, a metazoan […]
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12:24 PM | Earth Day 2014: Following the carbon footprint to the sea
Where are we now, 43 years after the first nationwide Earth Day was celebrated in the US? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture in its latest assessment report, AR5, announcing that global emissions of greenhouse gases are endangering worldwide security of food, water resources, human …

April 21, 2014

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8:43 PM | America Resilient
Since we last celebrated Earth Day a year ago, 29 states have experienced 99 Federal disaster declarations. Fires, floods, mudslides, hurricanes, and tornadoes have devastated the United States, causing billions of dollars of damage, destroying thousands of homes, and up-ending people’s lives.
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8:43 PM | America Resilient
Since we last celebrated Earth Day a year ago, 29 states have experienced 99 Federal disaster declarations. Fires, floods, mudslides, hurricanes, and tornadoes have devastated the United States, causing billions of dollars of damage, destroying thousands of homes, and up-ending people’s lives.
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6:33 PM | “Remarkable” New Salamander Disguises Itself as a Baby
A newfound species of lungless salamander from Arkansas has escaped scientists' attention by looking like a juvenile of another species—until now.
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6:33 PM | “Remarkable” New Salamander Disguises Itself as a Baby
A newfound species of lungless salamander from Arkansas has escaped scientists' attention by looking like a juvenile of another species—until now.
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4:30 PM | Pyrolysis Biofuel Production Process Simplified
Innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. Read more »

Pourhashem, G., Spatari, S., Boateng, A., McAloon, A. & Mullen, C. (2013). Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Tradeoffs of Using Fast Pyrolysis Products for Power Generation, Energy & Fuels, 27 (5) 2578-2587. DOI:

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4:28 PM | Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon
The barbecued leg of a spider monkey might not be your idea of a sumptuous dinner, but to the Matsés or one of the fifteen tribes in voluntary isolation in Peru, it is the result of a successful hunt and a proud moment for the hunter's family. However, a spider monkey tends to have only a single infant once a year, which necessarily limits the number of adult monkeys available to subsistence hunters.
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4:00 PM | Biofuels better for Nature? Maybe not!
Depending where you are in the world you might notice signs touting the 5% ethanol in the gasoline you are buying. The idea is that biofuels [currently primarily made from […]

Liska A.J., Yang H., Milner M., Goddard S., Blanco-Canqui H., Pelton M.P., Fang X.X., Zhu H. & Suyker A.E. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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4:00 PM | Biofuels better for Nature? Maybe not!
Depending where you are in the world you might notice signs touting the 5% ethanol in the gasoline you are buying. The idea is that biofuels [currently primarily made from […]

Liska A.J., Yang H., Milner M., Goddard S., Blanco-Canqui H., Pelton M.P., Fang X.X., Zhu H. & Suyker A.E. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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12:28 PM | Swimming with Viruses
You can find viruses everywhere: in the soil, in the clouds and in animals. According to scientists from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, there are also a ridiculous number of viruses buried at sea, in the sediments of the … Continue reading →
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10:30 AM | Africa’s Submerged Savannas
Scientist Kike Ballesteros beautifully describes the diversity of Africa's "Submberged Savannas" in this post from the Pristine Seas expedition in Mozambique.
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