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Imagining a world without species

(Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) Categorizing species can get hazy at small, microbial scales. After all, the classical definition of species as interbreeding individuals with sexually viable offspring doesn't apply to asexual organisms. Show More Summary

Gravity waves influence weather and climate

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Gravity waves form in the atmosphere as a result of destabilizing processes. The effects of gravity waves can only be taken into consideration by including additional special components in the models. The...Show More Summary

Utilities: Solar Trade Protections Do More Harm Than Good

Over the past several years, utilities and public power producers have increasingly diversified their portfolios for a variety of strategic reasons in a dynamic that echoes the U.S. government’s own “All of the Above” energy strategy. Show More Summary

Exclusive: Here are the Energy Companies Represented by Trump’s Nominee to Head FERC

President Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ) has, as a corporate attorney, personally represented a host of energy and utility companies, many of which do business that is directly impacted by FERC ’s decisionmaking. Show More Summary

Gogoro Raises $300M to Build Electric Scooters and Battery Swapping Networks

A bold idea to make low-carbon transport more accessible just hit a major milestone. On Tuesday afternoon, startup Gogoro­ -- which makes electric scooters and builds battery-swapping networks to charge them­ -- announced that it has raised $300 million from a group of investors including Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management. Show More Summary

Why Solar Advocates Are Crying Foul Over New York’s Latest REV Order

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative just took a wrong turn, according to solar groups. Last week, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) approved an order for setting the Value of Distributed Energy Resources,...Show More Summary

$20M NSF award to fund research into the role of microorganisms in plant, soil, water

(University of Kansas) The University of Kansas will partner with Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University and Haskell Indian Nations University to better understand how tiny microorganisms, collectively known as microbiomes, influence environmental changes and the resulting economic implications.

NASA data shows Otis devoid of precipitation, now a remnant

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Former Hurricane Otis was not showing any thunderstorm development or precipitation on satellite imagery on Sept. 19. As a result, the National Hurricane Center declared Otis a remnant low pressure area.

NASA sees Tropical Depression Norma's small area of strength

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite has revealed that the area of strongest storms within now Tropical Depression Norma has diminished.

NASA tracking Jose meandering off US East Coast

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Jose has been a named storm for nearly two weeks now as it continues to slowly move northward off the US East Coast east of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. NASA's GPM satellite and NOAA's GOES East satellites have provided a look at the rainfall and movement of this long-lived storm.

CUHK sets out to reveal impact of Arctic amplification on East Asian winter climate

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) An ongoing research project aims to identify and explain teleconnections and future changes in the East Asian Winter Monsoon under Arctic Amplification. This integral study...Show More Summary

Blockchain: Coming to a Smart Building Near You?

One of the hottest emerging technologies is blockchain. It’s the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin work, but the potential applications are far larger than cryptocurrency. Blockchain is a distributed ledger. Instead of a single...Show More Summary

American oaks share a common northern ancestor

(The Morton Arboretum) A single species gave rise to 220 more and two distinct lineages of oaks -- red oaks and white oaks -- that moved through the boreal zone to populate large swaths of the continent all the way into Mexico. These...Show More Summary

Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks a World Record for Range—1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

If you think Tesla’s 300-plus-mile battery range for its electric cars is a big deal, here’s a new world record that triples that figure. On Tuesday, electric-bus startup Proterra announced a world record by test driving an electric bus for a whopping 1,100 miles on a single charge. Show More Summary

Future Historians Will Look Back in Horror at Koch Network's Attacks on Climate Policy, says Author Nancy MacLean

For the first few weeks after publishing, all was going pretty well. Nancy MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, was “deeply important” and a “feat of American intellectual...Show More Summary

How Deregulation Could Improve Reliability for Cash-Strapped African Utilities

Sub-Saharan African utilities are caught in a complicated interplay between centralized grid-extension costs and the decentralized off-grid generation boom. Liberalizing their electricity markets may be a partial solution. While high...Show More Summary

Solar wind impacts on giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellite safety

(Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) Could the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult to imagine on Earth -- particularly when a real disaster strikes. Show More Summary

Why aren't house sparrows as big as geese?

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) A group of researchers spent twelve seasons making some house sparrows bigger and others smaller. Their experiment showed how evolution works to match size to an organism's environmen...

Nissan Signals It’s Not Backing Down on Electric Vehicles

As car manufacturers scramble for dominance in the competitive electric vehicle market, as more and more governments commit to fuel economy targets and fossil fuel car bans, Nissan and its partner Renault indicate they won’t willingly...Show More Summary

Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. No other enzyme has shown that ability.

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