Sci/tech

Technology and global warming

From plug-ins to planktonic algae, technology is part of the solution to climate change. But which technology? NOTHING about global warming is simple, alas. Meteorological models fry the circuits of the largest supercomputers. Feedback loops and anomalies turbocharge an ill-tempered debate about what will happen where and when. And don?t even start on the politics of negotiating a global agreement on emissions or the intricacies of cap-and-trade.

'Water bears' are first animal to survive space vacuum
September 9, 2008 09:38 AM - New Scientist

Tiny invertebrates called 'water bears' can survive in the vacuum of space, a European Space Agency experiment has shown. They are the first animals known to be able to survive the harsh combination of low pressure and intense radiation found in space.

New bug ferments green fuel on the cheap
September 9, 2008 09:23 AM - Dartmouth College

Genetically engineered bacteria could make cellulosic ethanol cheaper to manufacture, researchers report. The finding could unlock more energy from the waste products of farming and forestry.

Driving The Future Of In-vehicle ICT
September 8, 2008 09:17 AM - ICT Results

Information and communications systems in road vehicles are progressing steadily, but the research community behind these developments remains fragmented. Now a European initiative has linked key knowledge centres and is paving the way for the next generation of ‘joined up’ intelligent vehicle research.'

EU parliament eases road for hydrogen cars

The EU parliament on Wednesday took a significant step towards the introduction of hydrogen-powered cars on Europe's roads, calling for common criteria for the environmentally friendly technology.

Artificial Meadows And Robot Spiders Reveal Secret Life Of Bees
September 3, 2008 09:20 AM - British Ecological Society (BES)

Many animals learn to avoid being eaten by predators. Now ecologists have discovered that bumblebees can even learn to outwit colour-changing crab spiders.

Scientists grow 'nanonets' able to snare added energy transfer
September 3, 2008 09:00 AM - Boston College

Using two abundant and relatively inexpensive elements, Boston College chemists have produced nanonets, a flexible webbing of nano-scale wires that multiplies surface area critical to improving the performance of the wires in electronics and energy applications.

Paintless Car Saves Energy
September 3, 2008 08:55 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Energy can be saved in surprising places, but let’s meander a bit first If you own a new car, built in the last decade or so, take look around the wheel wells or perhaps the door sills. You might see pieces of clear plastic film adhered to the bodywork.

Beyond Carbon: Scientists Worry About Nitrogen’s Effects
September 2, 2008 10:31 AM - NY Times

As Anne Giblin was lugging four-foot tubes of Arctic lakebed mud from her inflatable raft to her nearby lab this summer, she said, “Mud is a great storyteller.”

Explosives Go 'Green' ... And Get More Precise
August 29, 2008 11:04 AM - DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Certain explosives may soon get a little greener and a little more precise. LLNL researchers added unique green solvents (ionic liquids) to an explosive called TATB (1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene) and improved the crystal quality and chemical purity of the material.

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