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Research at Lake Baikal -- for the protection of a unique ecosystem

(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ) As part of the Helmholtz Russia Research Group LaBeglo, UFZ researchers are studying the impact of climate change and environmental toxins on the lake's fauna. In a recent study, together...Show More Summary

Adjusting fertilizers vital in claypan ag soils

(American Society of Agronomy) New research could help claypan farmers improve yields while saving costs.

Why 100% Renewables May Create an ‘Evolutionary Dead End’

We’re back in familiar territory on the podcast this week. Once again, we are revisiting Mark Jacobson’s famous -- some might say infamous -- 100% renewable energy scenario. This week, we’re rounding out our previous conversation with Professor Jacobson by turning to Dr. Show More Summary

User research at BER II: Lupin roots observed in the act of drinking

(Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) Lupins produce colourful blossoms and nutritious beans. Just how these plants draw water has now for the first time been observed in three dimensions by a University of Potsdam team at the HZB-BER II neutron source in Berlin. Show More Summary

Humans identify emotions in the voices of all air-breathing vertebrates

(Ruhr-University Bochum) Amphibians, reptiles, mammals -- all of them communicate via acoustic signals. And humans are able to assess the emotional value of these signals. This has been shown in a new study reported in 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B'. Show More Summary

Atlantic/Pacific ocean temperature difference fuels US wildfires

(Institute for Basic Science) A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America.

'Residual echo' of ancient humans in scans may hold clues to mental disorders

(NIH/National Institute of Mental Health) Researchers have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a 'residual echo' from Neanderthal DNA in our genomes. Evidence from...Show More Summary

Google and Tri Alpha Energy Develop an Algorithm to Advance Nuclear Fusion Research

Over the past several years, researchers at Google and a nuclear fusion startup called Tri Alpha Energy have been quietly working on an algorithm to advance nuclear fusion research. On Tuesday morning, the researchers published a report...Show More Summary

An Antidote to the Utility-Versus-Renewables Conflict

A New York Times analysis this month tallied the states that recently rolled back net metering and other policies to encourage distributed solar, attributing the developments in large part to a well-funded network of utility lobbyists. In...Show More Summary

Sunoco Ordered to Suspend Drilling on Mariner East 2 Pipeline After Spills, Damage

Pennsylvania's Environmental Hearing Board today ordered Sunoco Pipeline LP to temporarily halt some types of work on a $2.5 billion pipeline project designed to carry 275,000 barrels a day of butane, propane, and other liquid fossil...Show More Summary

How Sungrow Is Ramping US Inverter Growth Amid Chinese Market Uncertainty

The Chinese solar market is slowing, and it's creating some interesting dynamics for the country's domestic inverter companies. China is projected to drop slightly from 41 percent of new global solar PV installations in 2016 to 39 percent...Show More Summary

Fungal spores harness physics to launch themselves

(Duke University) More than a century ago, Reginald Buller discovered that a spherical drop of water that forms close to a spore is crucial to the spore's dispersal. Now, using an ink jet printer and high speed cameras, researchers have...Show More Summary

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets New Push From Revolving Door Team of Lobbyists

A changing of the guard in the White House, with President Donald Trump taking the helm, has spawned a hiring spree of new lobbyists to advocate for TransCanada's long-contested Keystone XL pipeline. In the forefront, TransCanada has...Show More Summary

EIA Data Reveals California’s Real and Growing Duck Curve

We’ve covered the growth of the duck over the half-decade since the term was coined by California state grid operator CAISO, named after the shape of a grid with mid-day solar bellies and steep evening necks in its supply-demand curve. Show More Summary

Energy Efficiency’s Existential Crisis Is Also an Opportunity

Just about every plan to achieve a clean energy low carbon future includes a large helping of energy efficiency. But while it’s true that efficiency is generally much cheaper than generation, energy efficiency as we know it faces anShow More Summary

Coral gardening is benefiting Caribbean reefs, study finds

(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from 'coral gardening,' the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs.

Senator Backed by Rail Companies Introduces New Bill That Would De-Regulate Rail Industry

A new bill by one of the rail industry’s favorite senators looks to change how the industry is regulated to allow “market forces to improve rail safety.” In June, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), who happens to chair the Senate Surface Transportation...Show More Summary

NASA sees Tropical Storm Sonca making landfall in Vietnam

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Sonca as it began making landfall in Vietnam. Aqua gathered temperature data using infrared light that showed the extent of the strongest storms. Those storms were generating heavy rains that were expected to affect Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

Satellite shows Tropical Storm Greg being affected by wind shear

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-East satellite provided an infrared look at a disorganized Tropical Storm Greg as it continues to weaken and get battered by wind shear in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

NASA looks at Hurricane Irwin in infrared light

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Irwin as it was strengthening toward hurricane status. Aqua gathered temperature data using infrared light that revealed the power building within.

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