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February 26, 2015

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8:55 PM | First Rules for Arctic Drilling Released
The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled the first draft rules for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. The rules would require energy companies to clear a number of safety hurdles before being approved for drilling. “The Arctic has substantial oil and gas potential, and the U.S. has a longstanding interest in the…

February 25, 2015

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11:55 PM | VIDEO: Open Your Heart to Love With This Yoga Flow
We all want more love, right? But it’s impossible to fully give or receive love unless you have an open heart. Unfortunately, self-loathing, social conditioning, past hurts and even improper posture can lead us to feel that it is safer to close our hearts in order to avoid potential pain or rejection than to open ourselves […]
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9:15 PM | Found: Young Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than Our Sun
Deep within the universe, there lies a gigantic black hole in the midst of an extremely luminous disc. This space-time warp is so gigantic, it’s estimated to be 12 billion…
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4:59 PM | Why are oil prices so low and what does it mean for alt energy?
Oil prices are lower than they have been in 4 years, but what has changed lately?  At first glance, not much in the big picture: no big new reserves have been found or really cheap ways to extract & process … Continue reading →
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2:12 PM | On Keystone and Climate, Bloomberg Presses Obama to Negotiate with Canada Instead of Congress
Former Mayor Bloomberg presses Obama to bypass Keystone gridlock by seeking climate progress in Canada.
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2:15 AM | Railroads, Big Oil Move to Ease Fears Over Crude Shipments
Railroads and oil companies stage a show-and-tell in Sacramento to highlight safety measures they've put in place. Environmentalists and community activists remain skeptical.

February 24, 2015

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11:43 PM | Stockholm, The World's Most Sun-Deprived Capital, Has A Lab With Solar 24 Hours A Day
Stockholm is considered the world's most sunlight-deprived capital - in November of 2014 the Swedes living there had just a few hours of the stuff and in winter months, it will get dark at 3 PM anyway, so if the sun is hidden by clouds, it can be a real downer. Yet not everywhere in Sweden is so bleak. Because there are so few solar laboratories in the world, KTH Royal Institute of Technology reasoned that Stockholm was the perfect place to build one and in there, the future is bright […]
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11:30 PM | Obama Vetos Keystone Pipeline Bill
In a move that surprised no one, President Obama vetoed legislation that would have permitted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Obama sent a two paragraph message…
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11:30 PM | Now We Actually Have a Real Reason to Dread Solar Eclipses 
Superstitions have surrounded the eerie solar eclipse since time immemorial. And now, for entirely scientific reasons, it turns out we have good reason to fear them. Earth's biggest solar eclipse since 1999 is happening this March, and it could cause some real disruption—thanks to Europe's reliance on solar energy. Read more...
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11:11 PM | February 22, 2015: Discovering AIDS’ Animal Roots and Discovering Morocco’s Ancient Markets
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they dangle from a hot air balloon over pristine forest, walk from Russia across Australia, protect Italy's wildlife in a national park, share a language with chimpanzees, document Alberta's tar sands, track the evolution of HIV, climb China's mountains and bird watch, visit Morocco's ancient bazaars, and ski New England's unusually deep powder.
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10:12 PM | Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will vote no later than March 3 to override the veto. But Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the veto.
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3:00 AM | Radiation and Reason: The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear
By Wade Allison Synopsis: The human race is in a dilemma; it is threatened by economic instability on one hand and climate change on the other. Either of these could lead to widespread unrest and political […]

February 23, 2015

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2:00 PM | A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters
From the dust of the former Hewlett Packard campus in Cupertino, a glass and concrete ring is taking shape. Apple is building a new headquarters, and it's going to be bigger than the Pentagon. KQED got a tour and a look at the campus' green features.
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12:05 AM | X-Prize: From Private Space Race to Tackling Some of the World’s Biggest Problems
What started as an ambitious plan to spur the private space industry has blossomed into a powerful tool for sparking innovation and affecting large-scale change around the world. Launched in 1996, the X-Prize Foundation uses a contest model to incentivize major technological advancements. The Foundation’s initial contest, the Ansari X-Prize, led to the development of SpaceShipOne, which completed the first privately funded spaceflight in 2004. Since then, the Foundation has expanded, […]

February 20, 2015

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11:15 PM | Solar Power Towers Are 'Vaporizing' Birds
The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada is set to come online in March. Once completed, it will use thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a tower, melting…
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8:30 PM | America's Power Sector Is Aging, As Demand For Energy Keeps Going Up [Infographic]
A lot of attention is paid to America’s aging power infrastructure. As the 21st century continues on, and people purchase newer devices that demand more power from the…
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2:26 PM | With Cuban Détente, What Future for its Classic Cars?
I can’t seem to go a day without hearing someone say, “Get to Cuba before all the Americans get there.” What exactly is it that Americans will change once they get to Cuba? Or is just that there will... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 19, 2015

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8:00 PM | What Happens When Wood Burns?
What happens when wood burns? In this animated explainer, learn about the chemistry of combustion.
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7:11 PM | McCarthy: Clean Power Plan Targets May Change
The EPA Administrator this week, suggested (subscription) that interim goals for existing power plants to comply with the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan could be softened before the rule is finalized this summer. The proposal unveiled last year calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and sets state-by-state…
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6:02 PM | First Stop: Bruderheim
Standing on the outskirts of Edmonton, Alberta and looking northeast, a cluster of twinkling lights amidst tall silvery smokestacks puffing out steam and smoke rises up out of the horizon. Driving northeast towards those lights, following along the North Saskatchewan River, you will pass through the industrial city of Fort Saskatchewan, where petrochemical processing plants…
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3:00 PM | Fighting for Happiness
If there is one realization I would say is both persistent and perfectly-timed for the start of my “Year of Living Intuitively,” it is this: If I want to be happy, I have to fight for it. I say this because life IS hard. It is hard for all of us. And if I choose […]
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10:17 AM | Interview: Outside the castle walls
IIASA Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases researcher Fabian Wagner is spending a year at Princeton University as a visiting professor. We caught up with him to find out what he's working on. Continue reading →

February 18, 2015

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11:16 PM | The biofuel controversy
“Buses powered by soybeans.  Agricultural waste transformed into car fuel.  These possibilities have inspired governments around the world to include biofuels as a substantial part of their renewable energy standards, which mandate some percent of a country’s energy come from … Continue reading →

Horita, M., Kitamoto, H., Kawaide, T., Tachibana, Y. & Shinozaki, Y. (2015). On-farm solid state simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of whole crop forage rice in wrapped round bale for ethanol production, Biotechnology for Biofuels, 8 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s13068-014-0192-9

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February 15, 2015

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6:03 PM | When You Feel Frustrated with Your Body
I appreciate my body. I respect it. I try to protect it. And yet there are days when frustration fills my bones at the same rate my breath does.   Days I wish I had more energy Days I don’t understand why I’m slower than everyone else in a workout class Days I’m doubled over […]

February 14, 2015

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11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: February 14, 2015
Happy Valentine’s Day, Psych Central readers! For those of you who observe Valentine’s Day, we have some interesting information about why single people actually might benefit more than those in relationships. Oh, and there’re are a few more fascinating reads — from taking a peek at some useful mental health apps to learning how successful […]

February 13, 2015

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10:28 PM | Happy Valentine’s Day! Our hearts beat for you… with about 1.6 Watts.
On Valentine's Day, we're taking a look at the true power of the heart. Welcome to the CSIRO heart-o-meter
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9:12 PM | Can ‘Battery Geniuses’ Transform Cars and the Grid?
Can batteries spark a clean-energy revolution? A new book says, maybe.
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7:00 PM | Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer
Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Tony Horwitz
Special thanks to Tony Horwitz for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever Tony is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate […]

February 12, 2015

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5:46 PM | Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables
Since I first wrote about the price of oil last December, the global oil price has fallen to levels not seen in over five years. For many, the recent price decline brings back memories of the 1980s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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