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April 23, 2014

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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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5:52 PM | A Deeper Look at a Study Finding High Leak Rates From Gas Drilling
A closer look at a hot study on high gas leak rates in Pennsylvania's fracking zone raises coal questions.
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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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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:00 PM | Repairing the Land After Frac Sand is Removed
In Wisconsin, sand that’s perfect for hydraulic fracturing is being mined faster than ever before. But what will the land look like after the rush ends?
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1:07 PM | PressPac: Avoiding water wars between ‘fracking’ industry and residents
Here’s an item from this week’s PressPac that we thought you’d enjoy. The PressPac features summaries of articles appearing in our peer-reviewed journals and Chemical & Engineering News. To get the entire PressPac in your inbox, email us at newsroom@acs.org.The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over already-scarce water […]
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8:33 AM | From nuclear reactors to energy models
By Alan McDonald, IIASA Alumnus (1979-82 and 1997-2000) and member of the IIASA Alumni Advisory Board I stumbled on IIASA in 1975. I was 24 and working for General Electric’s Fast Breeder Reactor Department. I was supposed to figure out how safe General Electric should make its new breeder reactor, a type of nuclear reactor … Continue reading →
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3:33 AM | ‘Botox of plastic’ to freeze power costs
What do the Real Housewives of Melbourne and plastic have in common? You’ll be surprised to hear that it’s botox. We’ve developed a new material that prevents plastic from ageing, acting like a shot of botox. And how will that freeze power costs? When applied to plastic lining (like those used in power generators) this ‘botox […]

April 22, 2014

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5:00 PM | Tidal Power: Energizer Bunny of Renewable Energy?
Tidal power can do what wind and solar can’t: provide reliable energy, right when you need it.
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4:13 PM | No Time to Waste: Students Pursue Environmental Progress Instead of Exam Grades
College students get out of the classroom and pursue environmental initiatives with partners in surrounding communities.
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3:30 PM | Forget Icarus, Fly As Close To The Sun As You Want!
Then he caught sight of the feathers on the waves, and cursed his inventions. He laid the body to rest, in a tomb, and the island was named Icaria after his buried child. —Metamorphoses Book VIII In a mythology beset by monsters created by malice (and sometimes bestiality) shines one crafted out of hope and […]The post Forget Icarus, Fly As Close To The Sun As You Want! appeared first on But Not Simpler.
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1:24 PM | Full Frontal Nerdity
I was once caught staring at energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins’ pocket protector, and without blinking he said, “Yes, it’s full frontal nerdity.” There was something refreshing about that... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 21, 2014

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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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3:36 PM | ESA Policy News April 21: climate future, Forest Legacy, ESA visits the Hill
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]

April 20, 2014

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6:58 PM | The Slow Decline Of Biofuels - Corn Stover Inclusion Won't Help
Biofuels - ethanol - were trumpeted as being a renewable alternative to fossil fuels for decades. Finally, in 2005, it got the mandates and subsidies environmentalists insisted were necessary to make inroads against a mature industry like petroleum. Immediately, what scientists knew became evident - they were more resource intensive to produce, were no better for emissions, and subsidies insured there was no reason to get more efficient. Worse, the gold rush of government money drove up corn […]

April 18, 2014

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8:00 AM | Photo Friday: A living laboratory for net-zero homes (California)
This picture is of the user interface screen of the home’s energy management system in the new Honda Smart Home in California. Located in the West Village at the University of California,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:38 AM | So There’s This Kid Making Solar “Death Rays” And They’re Pretty Sweet (Video)
Eric Jacqmain is just a creative guy who wanted a death ray. So, he decided to cover a satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirrors. This is from his video description: “When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light […]

April 17, 2014

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9:00 PM | Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Mercury Rule
A federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requiring power plants install technology to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. MATS was challenged by industry and several states that argued the EPA should have considered costs when determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to go forward with the standards. The…
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9:00 PM | Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Mercury Rule
A federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requiring power plants install technology to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. MATS was challenged by industry and several states that argued the EPA should have considered costs when determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to go forward with the standards. The…
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7:17 PM | Danish Project to Make Polymer Solar Cells More Profitable
Project Megawatt intends to make polymer solar cells profitable enough to allow power generation from polymer solar cells to compete on market terms with traditional coal-fired power plants. Read more »

Krebs, F., Espinosa, N., Hösel, M., Søndergaard, R. & Jørgensen, M. (2014). 25th Anniversary Article: Rise to Power - OPV-Based Solar Parks, Advanced Materials, 26 (1) 29-39. DOI:

Sommer-Larsen, P., Jørgensen, M., Søndergaard, R., Hösel, M. & Krebs, F. (2013). It is all in the Pattern-High-Efficiency Power Extraction from Polymer Solar Cells through High-Voltage Serial Connection, Energy Technology, 1 (1) 15-19. DOI:

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