Spotlights

Study refutes how fruit flies developed alcohol tolerance
January 16, 2017 08:54 AM - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The common fruit fly, the tiny insect drawn to your beer or wine, has evolved to have an impressive tolerance for alcohol.

Dutch Trains Are World's First to Run on 100% Wind Power
January 16, 2017 08:36 AM - Lorraine Chow, Care2

The Netherlands, aka Windmill Country, is now operating 100 percent of its electric trains with wind energy.

As of Jan. 1, 600,000 daily train passengers have been traveling completely carbon neutral, according to an announcement from the Netherlands’ principal passenger railway operator, NS.

Measuring the 'true social cost' of carbon dioxide emissions
January 13, 2017 08:32 AM - University of Oxford

The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has proposed a new framework for US agencies to use to estimate the 'social cost of carbon dioxide' emissions. Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the Environmental Change Institute, helped compile the report which will strengthen the scientific basis and provide greater transparency for US climate policy. 

Beijing Creates Anti-Smog Police to Fight Air Pollution
January 12, 2017 09:26 AM -

Authorities in Beijing are taking new actions to resolve the city’s ongoing and harmful air pollution problem with the creation of an anti-smog police force — but will it help?

Beijing’s acting mayor Cai Qi reportedly announced the initiative on Saturday, January 7. The dedicated branch of regulation enforcement will patrol the streets looking specifically for violations that could harm air quality, including open air barbecues, unlicensed burning of materials and improperly maintained roads.

Affordable water in the US: A burgeoning crisis
January 12, 2017 09:13 AM - Michigan State University

If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, finds new research by a Michigan State University scholar.

Farthest Stars in Milky Way Might Be Ripped from Another Galaxy
January 11, 2017 12:14 PM - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The 11 farthest known stars in our galaxy are located about 300,000 light-years from Earth, well outside the Milky Way's spiral disk. New research by Harvard astronomers shows that half of those stars might have been ripped from another galaxy: the Sagittarius dwarf. Moreover, they are members of a lengthy stream of stars extending one million light-years across space, or 10 times the width of our galaxy.

Louisiana Faces Faster Levels of Sea-Level Rise Than Any Other Land on Earth
January 10, 2017 08:49 AM -

Louisiana—which faces faster levels of sea-level rise than any other land on Earth—could lose as many as 2,800 square miles of its coast over the next 40 years and about 27,000 buildings will need to be flood-proofed, elevated or bought out, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk
January 9, 2017 11:32 AM - PennState

A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State.

An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk
January 9, 2017 11:32 AM - PennState

A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State.

Climate change and farming: let's be part of the solution!
January 9, 2017 11:23 AM -

What with rising rainfall in the west, and hotter, drier summers in the east, British farmers place plenty of challenges from global warming, writes Anna Bowen. But there are also positive opportunities for agricultural innovators to adapt their farming systems to changing conditions, make their operations more resilient and sustainable, and make themselves part of the solution.

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