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Lights, Camera, Climate – Sierra Magazine

In the spring of 2002, multiple movie studios were bidding hard over the right to make an action movie with an unusual adversary: climate change. For Fox, which snagged the deal, the haggling was worth it—when the film was released…

That Song Stuck in Your Head is Helping the Brain With Long-Term Memory

If you have watched TV since the 1990s, the sitcom theme song I’ll Be There for You has likely been stuck in your head at one point or another. New research from UC Davis suggests these experiences are more than a passing nuisance—they play an important role in helping memories form, not only for the […]

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In Sinking Miami, the GOP Tries to Admit It Has a Climate Problem – Curbed

Photo: Bill Kearney As we walk into Miami’s Bayfront Park to what’s being billed as the world’s “first conservative climate-change rally” — sponsored by something called the American Conservation Coalition — Jet Skis and yachts froth Biscayne Bay behind us,…

Absorbent aerogels show some muscle

(Rice University) A simple chemical process developed at Rice University creates light and highly absorbent aerogels for environmental remediation or as membranes for batteries and other applications.

Reaping the benefits of noise

(AMOLF) Signals can be amplified by an optimum amount of noise, but this so-called stochastic resonance is a fragile phenomenon. Experimental AMOLF research shows that stochastic resonance becomes robust to variations in the signal frequency when systems have memory. This has implications in many fields of physics and energy technology. In particular, the scientists numerically show that introducing slow non-linearity in a mechanical oscillator harvesting energy from noise can increase its efficiency by tenfold.

Our Environment at Risk: Reaching net zero doesn’t fix climate change – La Crosse Tribune

{{featured_button_text}} Climate change activists often cite a goal of reaching “net zero” carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. To reach net zero, according to the website Climate Central, “any greenhouse gas emissions released are balanced by an equal amount being…

Flatfish got weird fast due to evolutionary cascade

(Rice University) Flatfishes rapidly evolved into the most asymmetric vertebrates by changing multiple traits at once, according to a new Rice University study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Spontaneous Spirit of Humanity Takes Center Stage Around Erupting Iceland Volcano—WATCH

When the recent volcano eruption in Iceland proved to be substantially more harmless than first thought, people began to visit the crater to see what it was like. For the first time in more than 800 years, Mount Fagradalsfjall began discharging molten lava after Iceland had experienced 50,000 earthquakes in the lead up, bracing locals […]

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