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Old Batteries Could Be Recycled into Solar Cells

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, David Chandler | Videos | Comments

A system proposed by researchers recycles materials from discarded car batteries— a potential source of lead pollution— into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

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Sun’s Activity Impacts Climate Change

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lund Univ. | News | Comments

A new study has, for the first time, reconstructed solar activity during the last ice age. The study shows that the regional climate is influenced by the sun and offers opportunities to better predict future climate conditions in certain regions.

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Model Predicts Water Scarcity, Climate Change in 2095

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

What will a global water scarcity map look like in 2095? Radically different, according to scientists, depending on the type and stringency of the climate mitigation policies chosen to reduce carbon pollution.

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Solar Plant Scorches Birds Midair

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Ellen Knickmeyer, John Locher | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays— "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes.

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Shale Oil 'Dividend' Could Pay for Smaller Footprint

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and gas boom could help offset the costs of substantially reducing the U.S.'s carbon footprint, agricultural economists say. They estimate that shale technologies annually provide an extra $302 billion to the U.S. economy relative to 2007, a yearly "dividend" that could continue for at least the next two decades.

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GM Paranoia Hinders China's Ability to Feed Itself

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Conversation, Cong Cao | News | Comments

One of China’s major genetically modified food projects is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried. The expiry on August 17 of the biosafety certificates issued to strains of GM rice signals a major blow to the fight to establish GM food in China.

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Surfing Helps Cystic Fibrosis Patients

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Krysta Faurua | News | Comments

For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives. The Montelone siblings are part of a growing number of people with cystic fibrosis who are taking advantage of the health benefits that come with surfing.

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Nonphysical Disabilities in Kids Rise

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden.

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Legged, Spikey ‘Worm’ Finds Place in Evolutionary Tree

August 18, 2014 9:06 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found— a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail— has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time.

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Clarification

August 18, 2014 8:42 am | by Laboratory Equipment | News | Comments

The Editor’s Note in the July 2014 issue of Laboratory Equipment referred to PETA and BUAV being opposed to animal research. These groups do not participant in any illegal activities directed against animal research, facilities or researchers. The editors regret any misinterpretation of this in the Editor’s Note.

Ebola Health Workers Fight Heat, Rumors

August 18, 2014 8:35 am | by Associated Press, Maria Cheng | News | Comments

Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm for their patients. The hellish conditions aren't the only problem: health workers struggle to convince patients they're trying to help them, not hurt them.

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England Seeks ‘Choc Doc’ for Sweet Study

August 18, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house? Cambridge Univ. in England is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like the sweetest job in the world: studying the fundamentals of chocolate.

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NASA to Investigate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

August 18, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

A new field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) will conduct research flights Aug. 28 through Oct. 1, covering the peak of summer sea ice melt.

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Bats Bolster Brain Hypothesis, Maybe Tech

August 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Brown Univ. | News | Comments

Decades of research on how bats use echolocation to keep a focus on their targets not only lends support to a long debated neuroscience hypothesis about vision but could also lead to smarter sonar and radar technologies.

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Laser Makes Cooler Microscope

August 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Australian National Univ. | News | Comments

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.

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