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UNH sails into the next generation of ocean mapping with NOAA grant

(University of New Hampshire) Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have been awarded a three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with Saildrone, Inc. of Alameda, CA, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to develop data quality tools for a new unmanned wind-powered sailboat-like vehicle capable of long-duration missions to collect vital ocean mapping information.

DOE funds UT Austin engineers for geothermal energy ecosystem

(University of Texas at Austin) The new Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO), led by Jamie Beard and Bob Metcalfe from the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Innovation Center brings together engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs to develop technologies and launch companies.

From coffee beans to car parts: How Ford and McDonald's are teaming up for sustainable solutions

Collaboration builds on their commitments to environmental stewardship. Coffee beans and car parts may not seem like a natural fit, but when two companies are both striving for sustainability in every aspect of their business, a bit of magic can…

Mason scientist develops game to arm users against climate change ‘fake news’

(George Mason University) A George Mason scientist is developing a mobile game that will teach users to defend themselves from ‘fake news’ on climate change. Game builds resilience against misinformation; ‘inoculates’ users against fake news on climate change; gamifies critical thinking.George Mason University Professor John Cook, an expert on misinformation, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to enable development of the game, “Cranky Uncle,” for iPhone and Android phones. The crowdfunding page is: https://advancement.gmu.edu/crowdfunding-crankyuncle For more information: http://crankyuncle.com.

Why Single Payer In the US Will Not Necessarily Lower Costs

A few days ago I wrote a multi-part tweet on the topic of whether single-payer in US health care would necessarily lower costs.  Twitter is a frustrating medium not only because of the short length but also because many critics…