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Solving the mystery of the Arctic's green ice
March 29, 2017 03:54 PM - Leah Burrows via John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

In 2011, researchers observed something that should be impossible — a massive bloom of phytoplankton growing under Arctic sea ice in conditions that should have been far too dark for anything requiring photosynthesis to survive. So, how was this bloom possible?

Using mathematical modeling, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) found that thinning Arctic sea ice may be responsible for frequent and extensive phytoplankton blooms, potentially causing significant disruption in the Arctic food chain.  

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NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
March 16, 2017 09:01 AM - NASA

Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment.

The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed in a study published in the journal Nature.

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The Next Great Frontier for Drones Lies in the Ocean Depths

Paul Sarconi, Wired

Consumer drones conquered the sky. Now they look to the sea.

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