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An infinite scream passing through nature

Wind patterns on March 30, 2019, resembled what Edvard Munch wrote in his diary in 1892, i.e. “I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature”, a feeling Munch expressed in his iconic artwork The Scream, part of which is added on the…

Rail Travel Is Cleaner than Driving or Flying, but Will Americans Buy in?

Transportation represents a large portion – about 29 percent – of U.S. emissions, and the share has been rising in recent years.  Rail proponents often argue that investment in trains and public transportation is a key part of making transportation…

What will Glover review make of our environmental glories?

Mark ♦ April 2, 2019 ♦ 2 Comments Our uplands are one of our environmental glories Michael Gove, Hansard 28 March In contrast, RSPB Chair, Kevin Cox, said National parks are not delivering for wildlife and are often in worse…

Enhancing power supply resilience to first responders

(University of Utah) University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Masood Parvania and his team at his Utah Smart Energy Laboratory (U-Smart) have received a three-year, $4.4 million research award from the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the US electricity grid.

The complicated future of offshore wind power in the US

(Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ) In recent years the US Department of Energy laid out an ambitious plan to grow the US offshore wind sector. In a new paper, Yale researchers make the case that it might not be as easy as it seems, citing specifically the challenge of supplying rare-earth metals needed to build these offshore wind turbines.

Researchers tune material’s color and thermal properties separately

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT engineers have made samples of strong, tissue-like polymer material, the color and heat properties of which they can tailor independently of the other. For instance, they have fabricated samples of very thin black film designed to reflect heat and stay cool. They’ve also made films exhibiting a rainbow of other colors, each made to reflect or absorb infrared radiation regardless of the way they respond to visible light.

Scientists capture live, atomic-level detail of nanoparticle formation

(DOE/Ames Laboratory) Scientists at the Sensitive Instrument Facility of the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory achieved real-time atom rearrangement monitoring using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy during the synthesis of intermetallic nanoparticles (iNPs).

Academic journal Polar Science features polar science in India

(Research Organization of Information and Systems) The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) published a special issue ‘Recent advances in climate science of polar region (to commemorate the contributions of late Dr. S.Z. Qasim, a pioneering doyen of the Indian polar programme)’ in the comprehensive academic journal Polar Science. In this issue, 23 articles on polar science primarily by Indian researchers were published. Additionally, a message was sent from Narendra Modi, the honorable Prime Minister of India.

Programmable ‘Legos’ of DNA and protein building blocks create novel 3D cages

(Arizona State University) The central goal of nanotechnology is the manipulation of materials on an atomic or molecular scale, especially to build microscopic devices or structures. Three-dimensional cages are one of the most important targets, both for their simplicity and their application as drug carriers for medicine. DNA nanotechnology uses DNA molecules as programmable “Legos” to assemble structures with a control not possible with other molecules.

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