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How to Sell a CHP Gas Plant in a World of Carbon Constraints

What follows is a tale of two Dukes, one power plant and a bunch of hot air. As in steam. Steam produced by a combined heat and power plant that would burn natural gas on the campus of Duke University, but be owned and operated by Duke...Show More Summary

First Solar Posts Better Than Expected Q4, Raises 2017 Guidance, Preps New Module Production

The two big U.S.-based vertically-integrated solar manufacturers have been going through restructuring efforts in order to cope with this industry's weird, transitional year. SunPower, the high-efficiency silicon solar cell leader and...Show More Summary

Average distance to a forest increased by almost 14% in the continental US in a decade

(PLOS) During the 1990s, in the continental US key connecting forest patches have been lost resulting in an increase of the average forest distance by more than 500m, according to a study published Feb.22, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sheng Yang and Giorgos Mountrakis from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, USA.

Northwestern anthropologist receives grant to measure water insecurity

(Northwestern University) Under a new $310,000 grant from the U.K.-funded Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) research initiative, Northwestern University anthropologist Sera Young, a fellowShow More Summary

Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends

(University College London) A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL.

'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field

(Tokyo Institute of Technology) Scientists at the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology report in Nature (Fen. 22, 2017) unexpected discoveries about the Earth's core. The findings include insights into the...Show More Summary

From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a 'chaotic solar system'

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Plumbing a 90 million-year-old layer cake of sedimentary rock in Colorado, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the sun. Show More Summary

UK Climate Deniers Take Anti-Science Message to Trump Administration at CPAC 2017

Two fringe British climate science deniers are heading to Maryland to see Donald Trump and his tea party pals this week, taking their Brexit-inflected anti-science agenda with them. Trump’s golden elevator buddy and UKIP MEP, Nigel Farage,...Show More Summary

Mitsui Acquires SunEdison’s Commercial Solar Team to Create a ‘Platform’ for Its C&I Energy Business

SunEdison's commercial and industrial solar development team has been reincarnated as ForeFront Power. Earlier this month, the Japanese industrial and energy giant Mitsui & Co. acquired the remainder of SunEdison's commercial business for $15 million. Show More Summary

Researchers gain insight into a physical phenomenon that leads to earthquakes

(University of Pennsylvania) Researchers at UPenn provide insight into a phenomenon called ageing that leads to more powerful earthquakes.

BU and CGMF collaborate on innovative, long-term texas water management project

(Boston University) Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (CGMF) announced the funding and pursuit of a series of studies with the goal of assessing how siloed municipal water agencies in the state of Texas can transition to an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) model

Historic cultural records inform scientific perspectives on woodland uses

(University of York) Scientists at the University of York and University College Cork have investigated how cultural records dating back 300 years could help improve understanding of the ways in which science interprets the many uses of woodland areas.

Thousands of Emails from Oklahoma Office of Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Published

By Steve Horn, Sharon Kelly and Graham Readfearn The Center for Media and Democracy ( CMD ) has published thousands of emails obtained from the office of former Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, who was recently sworn in as the head of the  U.S. Show More Summary

Here’s How Nearly 15 Gigawatts of Solar Gets Built in One Year

In 2010, the U.S. installed 852 megawatts-DC of solar photovoltaics from just over 53,000 individual projects. The non-residential (aka commercial) segment took the largest share (40 percent) of that capacity, and the largest state (California) accounted for 216 megawatts of new solar. How times have changed. Show More Summary

Birds of a feather mob together

(Springer) Dive bombing a much larger bird isn't just a courageous act by often smaller bird species to keep predators at bay. It also gives male birds the chance to show off their physical qualities in order to impress females. This...Show More Summary

Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey

(University of New South Wales) Secretive and destructive, termites live in close proximity to predatory ants yet still outsmart them. New Australian research shows why -- termites have evolved the capability to sense vibrations of their enemies in the substrate while moving quickly, quietly and efficiently.

Silver Spring Networks Reports 2016 Loss, but Expects Double-Digit Growth in Software-as-a-Service

It’s been a busy year for Silver Spring Networks, the smart meter networking company that’s seeking to expand its software-as-a-service and internet-of-things business lines. On Tuesday, the company reported fourth-quarter and fiscal...Show More Summary

New study gives weight to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils'

(University of Bristol) A team of researchers from the University of Bristol studying the 'living fossil' Sphenodon -- or tuatara -- have identified a new way to measure the evolutionary rate of these enigmatic creatures, giving credence to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils.'

Rare fossil discovery raises questions

(Taylor & Francis Group) Adult and juvenile remains of a giant rodent species (Isostylomys laurdillardi) have been uncovered by researchers, in the Río de la Plata coastal region of southern Uruguay, raising questions about classification within dinomids.

Lawmakers in California and Massachusetts Introduce Bills for 100% Renewable Energy

Desert Sun: California Senator's New Bill Calls for 100% Renewable Energy Kevin de León has promised to lead the resistance to President Trump. A new bill could make good on that promise. The California Senate leader has introduced legislation...Show More Summary

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