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Imaging technology reveals copper is key to meeting future food and energy needs

(Cornell University) For the first time, Cornell University researchers are using imaging capabilities at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to explore how copper affects plant fertility. The work could provide key insights into how plants can be bred for better performance in marginal soils.

The coast is not so clear

(University of California - Santa Barbara) For nearly a century, the O'Shaughnessy seawall has held back the sand and seas of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. At work even longer: the Galveston seawall, built after America's deadliest hurricane in 1900 killed thousands in Texas.

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at UMass Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recycle wood. Three orders...Show More Summary

Strength of tectonic plates may explain shape of the Tibetan Plateau, study finds

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Geoscientists have long puzzled over the mechanism that created the Tibetan Plateau, but a new study finds that the landform's history may be controlled primarily by the strength of the tectonic plates whose collision prompted its uplift. Show More Summary

Could 'cocktail geoengineering' save the climate?

(Carnegie Institution for Science) Geoengineering is a catch-all term that refers to various theoretical ideas for altering Earth's energy balance to combat climate change. New research from an international team of atmospheric scientists...Show More Summary

Molecular archaeology

(University of Konstanz) Evolutionary biologists from Konstanz help solve puzzle of evolutionary relationships among vertebrates.

Receptors for neuron communication in humans vital for reproduction in mosses

(University of Maryland) Glutamate receptors, which play a central role in the human nervous system, have been thought to only function in neural transmission. However, they exist on many other human tissues, and in many species without nervous systems, including plants. Show More Summary

Study: Indian monsoons have strengthened over past 15 years

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) An MIT study published in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 years over north central India.

The oldest 'bad boy' in the world

(Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena) He's Australian, around half a centimeter long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old -- and he's currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists. The discoveryShow More Summary

Three new 'club-tailed' scorpions join the tree of life

(California Academy of Sciences) Dr. Lauren Esposito, one of the world's only female scorpion biologists, and her colleagues describe two new genera and three new species of Earth's oldest living, land-based arthropods. The colorful, new-to-science club-tailed scorpions hail from the tropical regions of North, Central, and South America. Show More Summary

The Top 5 Emerging Markets for Offshore Wind

Offshore wind is all the rage right now, competing without subsidies and floating into deeper waters with new foundation designs. For all its promise, however, offshore wind remains mostly a European affair, with WindEurope data showing more than 12.6 gigawatts of capacity installed across 81 projects in 10 countries at the end of 2016. Show More Summary

New Startups Fuel Growth in the Energy Blockchain Ecosystem

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has cemented its interest in blockchain technologies with a major stake in peer-to-peer energy trading platform developer Conjoule. The Japanese utility giant pumped €3 million ($3.5 million) into...Show More Summary

Yep, It’s Still Incredibly Hard to Build an Electric Car Startup

In late 2008, a Silicon Valley blog posted a report on how an electric car startup that raised $145 million from investors had only $9 million in cash left in the bank and might not be able to deliver its first cars to customers. No,...Show More Summary

'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Using a publicly available climate model, Berkeley Lab researchers 'hindcast' the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise have occurred.

Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars

(Taylor & Francis Group) Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication.

Cleaning up Toxic Sites Shouldn't Clear out the Neighbors

By Lindsey Dillon, University of California, Santa Cruz San Francisco has embarked on a project to transform its industrial southeast waterfront into a bike-friendly destination called the Blue Greenway. When completed, the Blue Greenway...Show More Summary

Joy plots for climate change

This is joy as in ‘Joy Division’, not as in actual fun. Many of you will be familiar with the iconic cover of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album, but maybe fewer will know that it’s a plot of signals from a pulsar (check out this Scientific American article on the history). The length of the […]

Koch Front Group, Fueling US Forward, Bashes Electric Car Tax Credits in Latest Misleading Video

Hot on the heels of its deceptive “Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars” video (which we debunked thoroughly, and others did too), the Koch-funded front group Fueling U.S. Forward has released a new video criticizing electric vehicle ( EVShow More Summary

Rare discovery of 3 new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin

(University of Nevada, Reno) Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom. 'We've found the toads in small, wet habitats surrounded...Show More Summary

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