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What we know about vaping-related lung illness

More than 500 people have become sick from a mysterious vaping-related lung illness and several people have died. But federal health officials say they still don’t know what’s causing the devastating sickness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

Controlling methane is a fast and critical way to slow global warming, say experts – EurekAlert

IMAGE: James McSpiritt, an optomechanical engineer in Princeton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, adjusts an eddy covariance tower, a stationary device used to measure air pollution. The device allowed… view more  In independent studies, two Princeton University research teams…

NASA finds a tiny tropical storm Kiko

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA’s Terra satellite is one in a fleet of NASA satellites that provide data for research. Terra captured an image of Tropical Storm Kiko in the Eastern Pacific Ocean which showed the extent of the small storm.

The human imperative of stabilizing global climate change at 1.5°C – Science Magazine

The need to stabilize global climate Climate change will be the greatest threat to humanity and global ecosystems in the coming years, and there is a pressing need to understand and communicate the impacts of warming, across the perspectives of…

Controlling methane is a fast and critical way to slow global warming, say Princeton experts – Princeton University

In independent studies, two Princeton University research teams recently identified surprisingly large sources of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, being leaked into the atmosphere. Pound for pound, methane causes a far greater warming effect in the atmosphere than does carbon…

Global Warming May Dwindle the Supply of a Key Brain Nutrient – Scientific American

Glaciers continue to melt. Sea levels are on the rise. And now scientists believe the changing climate may put our brains at risk. A new analysis predicts that by 2100, increasing water temperatures brought on by a warming planet could…

Did an asteroid collision cause an ice age on Earth?

Could a collision between 2 asteroids millions of miles away cause an ice age on Earth, some 460 million years ago? A new study of earthly rocks and sediments – plus micrometeorites that fell in Antarctica – suggest it’s possible.

Lighting the path to renewable energy

(Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University) Professor Mahesh Bandi of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has co-developed a novel, standardized way of quantifying and comparing these variations in solar power. His new study, published in Physical Review Applied, may help guide the development and performance of solar photovoltaic farms — systems that harness the sun’s energy and convert it to electricity.