Sci/tech

G.M. and Segway Build an EV
April 8, 2009 09:35 AM - Chuck Squatriglia, Wired

General Motors and the people who make the world's coolest scooter have developed a two-wheeled, two-seat electric car that's essentially a big honkin' Segway.

Interior Secretary hears East Coast input on Future of Offshore Energy
April 6, 2009 06:21 PM - A. Roger Greenway, CEO & Publisher, ENN

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his key staff held a Public Hearing in Atlantic City today to get input on the future of offshore energy. The hearing was attended by several hundred interested parties representing environmental groups, oil & gas producers, wind energy firms, and local & state government.

2009: Will a crisis turn into an opportunity?
April 6, 2009 03:00 PM - David Dickson, SciDevNet

In a recent television interview, former Microsoft boss Bill Gates identified two priorities for the US administration of President-elect Barack Obama, as it prepares to face the biggest global economic crisis in recent history. The first was to maintain funding to tackle developing countries' needs. Although Obama has promised to double US spending on foreign aid, there are understandable fears that acute domestic financial pressures will push development assistance down the political agenda.

Saturn's Moon Titan May Have Subsurface Ocean Of Hydrocarbons
April 6, 2009 12:57 PM - Science Daily

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may have a subterranean ocean of hydrocarbons and some topsy-turvy topography in which the summits of its mountains lie lower than its average surface elevation, according to new research.

Interior Secretary to discuss NJ's offshore energy
April 6, 2009 05:36 AM - Envriopolitics Blog

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is coming to Atlantic City TODAY to discuss the future of offshore energy. He says he wants to know what you think, too. It will be the Obama Administration official's first stop on a tour of public meetings to be followed by sessions in New Orleans, Anchorage and San Francisco. Salazar will present information from a U.S. Geological Survey-Minerals Management Service Report and will solicit public comment. ENN will be reporting on this event later today.

10-Year Study Uncovers Toxic Aspects of DBPs
April 6, 2009 05:25 AM - Water & Wastewater News

University of Illinois geneticist Michael Plewa said that disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in water are the unintended consequence of water purification. "The process of disinfecting water with chlorine and chloramines and other types of disinfectants generates a class of compounds in the water that are called disinfection byproducts. The disinfectant reacts with the organic material in the water and generates hundreds of different compounds. Some of these are toxic, some can cause birth defects, some are genotoxic, which damage DNA, and some we know are also carcinogenic."

We Drive Nissan's Electric Car, and It's Sweet
April 5, 2009 12:15 PM - Chuck Squatriglia, Wired from Autopia

The prototype of Nissan's forthcoming electric car may look like a breadbox, but the technology beneath that boxy body could propel the Japanese automaker to the front of the EV pack when the car hits the road next year.

Ice bridge holding Antarctic ice shelf cracks up

An ice bridge which had apparently held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place during recorded history shattered on Saturday and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist said.

Medieval warming 1000 yrs ago was a result of natural climate mechanism
April 5, 2009 07:12 AM - Thaindian News

In a new research, scientists have unraveled the natural climate mechanism that caused unusually warm weather in medieval times in Europe 1000 years back.

Climate clock is ticking
April 5, 2009 07:00 AM - WILLIAM MARSDEN, The Montreal Gazette

In the summer of 2007, a large portion of Arctic Sea ice - about 40 per cent - simply vanished. That wasn't supposed to happen. At least not yet. As recent as 2004, scientists had predicted it would take another 50 to 100 years for that much ice to melt. Yet here it was happening today.

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