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Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

In panda poo could be the future of biofuel. That’s the conclusion of research presented Tuesday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis suggesting that bacteria in panda feces could help make biofuel production more efficient.… Read More

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

With the ravages and power outages of hurricanes Irene and Sandy seared in recent memory, soon, a public school, a small private grocery store and a gas station in Hartford, Conn., will be linked by a microgrid designed to keep the electricity flowing in those buildings when the next major storm hits. Hartford city officials consider the school, … Read More

West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

Warm weather brings ice cream, beach days, and other joys of summer but it also brings the incessant buzz of mosquitoes. While a number of mosquitoes will bite and leave little more than a red welt, others, especially in the southern half of the U.S., can transmit West Nile virus, an uncomfortable and sometimes lethal disease. New research provides… Read More

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to be a turning point in how people think about the way electricity is produced and distributed in storm-prone areas.… Read More

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

Higher temperatures, drastic changes in rainfall, lower productivity, more blight and disease − these are just some of the expected consequences of climate change in Brazil if the projections of 345 scientists who make up the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC) prove true. They predict that if present trends in greenhouse gas emissions contin… Read More

Drones Find New Purpose Studying Arctic Ice Melt

Drones Find New Purpose Studying Arctic Ice Melt

The logical next step for exploring some of the world's most inhospitable terrain is being taken. Researchers are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – drones – to explore the last great repositories of ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska. About two dozen universities and research organizations, including NASA and the National Oceanic and At… Read More

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

The LC-130 Hercules flew low over the ice sheet in a tight grid pattern, Teflon-coated landing skis barely 300 meters above the soft upper layer of snow. At the rear of the plane, scientists clustered round a monitor displaying a regular pattern of dark red waves generated by a radar signal. Somewhere in the vast, white emptiness below were two tin… Read More

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

Climate change takes center stage this week when it comes to storms, air travel and the U.N.… Read More