Sci/tech

Bombardier launches 'green' aircraft programme

Canadian planemaker Bombardier announced here Sunday the launch of a series of environmentally friendly single-aisle jets, scheduled to enter service in 2013. German carrier Lufthansa had signed a letter saying it was interested in buying 30 of the CSeries jets and possibly as many as 60, Bombardier said in a statement.

Q&A: Open archives — the alternative to open access
July 15, 2008 09:07 AM - , SciDevNet

Padmanabhan Balaram, director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India and editor of India's leading science journal, Current Science, tells K. S. Jayaraman why he favours 'open archives' as the way forward for scientific publishing.

Rolls-Royce, British Airways to Test Alternative Airline Fuels

Starting next year, the Rolls-Royce Group and British Airways hope to test up to four airplane fuel alternatives to kerosene.

Intel’s Grove Calls for Dual-Fuel Vehicles, Used Vehicle Retrofits
July 11, 2008 11:12 AM - , Triple Pundit

It's hard not to notice, generally speaking, the stark differences in cultures, personalities and characters of leading lights in the energy and IT industries, particularly when it comes to strategic planning, organizational management and R&D, and especially when it comes to public relations and thinking “outside the box”. The apparent contrasts stand out when it comes to developing renewable energy and clean technology for power generation and transportation.

Researchers develop efficient solar power devices
July 11, 2008 08:42 AM - Reuters

Using sheets of glass covered with organic dyes, scientists have devised an efficient and practical solar power device that they believe can help make this clean, renewable energy source more affordable.

Carbon Sciences: Turning Carbon Emissions into "GreenCarbon"
July 10, 2008 09:49 AM - , Triple Pundit

A small startup based in Santa Barbara, California is testing an alternative to carbon sequestration that, in a sense (perhaps more poetic than scientific), turns the second law of thermodynamics – entropy – on its head by taking waste CO2 and tailings from mining operations and turning the mix into materials of a “higher order” for use in a variety of industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications.

Game theory could save the world
July 10, 2008 09:40 AM - , Environmental Health News

New hope that people around the world can work together to combat global warming has come from a new theoretical study.

Some Plants Can Adapt To Widespread Climate Change
July 9, 2008 09:35 AM - Syracuse University.

While many plant species move to a new location or go extinct as a result of climate change, grasslands clinging to a steep, rocky dale-side in Northern England seem to defy the odds and adapt to long-term changes in temperature and rainfall, according to a new study by scientists from Syracuse University and the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) published online in the July 7 issue of the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Cow burps help Argentines study climate change
July 9, 2008 09:28 AM - Reuters

Argentine scientists are taking a novel approach to studying global warming -- strapping plastic tanks to the backs of cows to collect their burps. Researchers say the slow digestive system of cows makes them a producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide in efforts to fight global warming.

Global warming will push Russia to destruction
July 8, 2008 11:02 AM - Reuters

Global warming will sow destruction across Russia and ex-Soviet states, a report said on Tuesday after the world's richest countries issued targets on harmful emissions that environmentalists criticized as too soft. The 52-page report -- written by green group WWF and British charity Oxfam -- described a grim picture of social, ecological and economic collapse in the world's biggest country and its former empire unless the world took urgent action.

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