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Turning heat into electricity
January 18, 2018 09:06 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun’s heat during a warm summer’s day? With advancements in thermoelectric technology, this sustainable solution might one day become a reality.

Greenhouse technology could be the future of food
January 18, 2018 08:26 AM - University of Colorado - Boulder

CU Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.

The four-year research program could yield next-gen technology capable of solving food, energy and water security challenges posed by global population growth and climate change.

Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research
January 18, 2018 08:26 AM - Purdue University

For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study has found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes, and that could prove a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration.

Researchers Explore Psychological Effects of Climate Change
January 17, 2018 04:26 PM - University of Arizona

Wildfires, extreme storms and major weather events can seem like a distant threat, but for those whose lives have been directly impacted by these events, the threat hits much closer to home.

Aid for Oceans and Fisheries in Developing World Drops by 30%
January 17, 2018 04:13 PM - University of British Columbia

Financial aid to fisheries in developing countries has declined by 30 percent, finds a new study from UBC and Stockholm Resilience Centre researchers, published in Marine Policy. Projects focusing on climate issues in fisheries had a 77 percent decline over the five years studied.

Ocean Waters Prevent Release of Ancient Methane
January 17, 2018 04:06 PM - University of Rochester

Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane.

Reimbursing Ranchers for Livestock Killed by Predators Supports Conservation Efforts
January 17, 2018 03:32 PM - University of Alberta

Alberta’s predator compensation program offsets costs of conserving wildlife habitat on private lands in the province.

NASA IMERG Reveals Rainfall Rates of Tropical Cyclone Berguitta
January 17, 2018 03:27 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Heavy rain surrounded Tropical Cyclone Berguitta as it continued to move toward the island of Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean. NASA calculated the rate in which rain was falling within the hurricane-strength storm in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Coping With Climate Stress in Antarctica
January 17, 2018 02:42 PM - Kat Kerlin, University of California - Davis

Some Antarctic fish living in the planet’s coldest waters are able to cope with the stress of rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean. They can even tolerate slightly warmer waters. But they can’t deal with both stressors at the same time, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions
January 17, 2018 02:42 PM - RIKEN

Using the power of Japan’s K computer, scientists from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science and collaborators have shown that incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals—ten minutes in the case of this study—into weather prediction models can significantly improve the rainfall predictions of the models and allow more precise predictions of the rapid development of a typhoon.

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