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Ancient Earth's hot interior created 'graveyard' of continental slabs

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT geologists have found that ancient Earth's hotter interior created a "graveyard" of continental slabs, as higher mantle temperatures than today caused subducting tectonic plates to sink all the way to the Earth's core.

From the Podcast Vaults: Analyzing Elon Musk, and Reviewing Distributed Grid ‘Fan Fiction’

What makes Elon Musk tick? What will the grid look like in 2030? This week, we (re)answer both of those questions. We're featuring a couple of our favorite podcast segments for your summer listening enjoyment. First up, a 2015 Energy...Show More Summary

No microbes? No problem for caterpillars

(University of Colorado at Boulder) Caterpillars have far less bacteria and fungi inhabiting their gut than other animals and the microbes that inside them seem to lack any identifiable role, aside from occasionally causing disease.

Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest.

What's the annual value of trees? $500 million per megacity, study Says

(SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) In the megacities that are home to nearly 10 percent of the world's 7.5 billion people, trees provide each city with more than $500 million each year in services that make urban environments cleaner, more affordable and more pleasant places to live.

Russian scientists have analyzed the process of rock destruction

(Lomonosov Moscow State University) Members of the Faculty of Geology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University together with their colleagues have studied the stages of rock deformation. They have revealed a criterion, with the help of which you could predict the critical stage of fracture when the rock destroys.

Hoping to be seen as powerful, consumers prefer wider faces on watches, cars, study finds

(University of Kansas) People are typically averse to wider human faces because they elicit fears of being dominated. However, consumers might like wider faces on some products they buy, such as watches or cars, when they want to be seen in a position of power in certain situations, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas marketing researcher.

How the US Nuclear Debate Transcends Traditional Party Lines

There's a vibrant debate taking place around the country on whether or not nuclear power should remain a part of the energy mix. It's an issue that's created strange bedfellows. In South Carolina and Georgia, where the first nuclear reactors to be built in the U.S. Show More Summary

A potential breeding site of a Miocene era baleen whale

(PeerJ) Baleen whales are amongst the largest animals to have ever lived and yet very little is known about their breeding habits. One researcher's second look at previously found baleen whale fossils from Japan provides new evidence of a now long-gone breeding ground of the extinct baleen whale Parietobalaena yamaokai dating back over 15 million years.

Solar-Plus-Storage Poised to Beat Standalone PV Economics by 2020

With so few utility-scale solar-plus-storage projects actually built, we don’t have much data on how their economics work. Now those companies considering it -- a group that includes all major solar developers -- have a bit more insight,...Show More Summary

Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice

(Rice University) Using the most precise seafloor maps ever created of Antarctica's Ross Sea, Rice University researchers have discovered a long-dead river system that once flowed beneath Antarctica's ice and influenced how ice streams melted after Earth's last ice age. The research appears online this week in Nature Geoscience.

Rover Pipeline Sets Record for Environmental Violations

Reposted with permission from EcoWatch. Energy Transfer Partners' controversial $4.3 billion Rover pipeline has more negative inspection reports than any other major interstate natural gas pipeline built in the last two years, according...Show More Summary

As US Coal Exports Swell, Trump Admin Facilitates Major Deal with Ukraine

Export levels of coal produced in the U.S. shot up earlier this year, as President Donald Trump assumed the White House, in what his administration has dubbed the age of “energy dominance.” For the first quarter of 2017, export levels grew 58 percent compared to the same quarter last year, according to the U.S. Show More Summary

Looking Beyond the Eclipse: How the Historic Event Tested Customer Engagement on the Electric Grid

Even if you couldn’t step outside to watch the solar eclipse take place today, it was still possible to participate in this historic event. No, not just by watching the NASA livestream -- but by curbing your electricity usage. The eclipse will affect around 1,900 utility-scale solar PV power plants across the U.S. Show More Summary

Researchers produce new map of seismic hazards

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Builders of hydroelectric dams are required to perform seismic hazard studies before their designs are approved.

Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

(University of Oxford) Human interference in the deep sea could already be outpacing our basic understanding of how it functions. As a result, without increased research and an immediate review of deep ocean conservation measures, the creatures that live there face an uncertain future, Oxford University scientists have warned.

Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness

(National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. Show More Summary

Plants under heat stress must act surprisingly quickly to survive

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) In The Plant Cell, UMass Amherst molecular biologist Elizabeth Vierling reports that heat-stressed plants not only need to produce new proteins to survive the stress, they need to make them right away. Show More Summary

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air

(University of British Columbia) Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.

A holodeck for flies, fish and mice

(University of Freiburg) Inspired by Star Trek, biologists are enabling new experiments in virtual reality.

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