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New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 16:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Windbreaks have several agricultural benefits, but because trees grown in these rigid lines behave differently it's been hard to measure their impact on climate change, until now. American farmers already use windbreaks. They take up a small amount of land, help to protect both crops and livestock from a battering and keep a check on soil erosion too.

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:05:08 GMT by John Dean

A UK university today announced a £400,000 investment to develop automotive technologies which can save fuel and reduce carbon emissions. The move comes from the University of East Anglia, which says money from its Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) project will support development work already under way from Essex company Controlled Power Technologies (CPT).

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A pioneering paper in today's Science has been able to put a number to the temperature-chart of 150 million-year old dinosaurs - using enamel from their teeth. Two larger dinosaurs species have had their temperatures taken, showing a warm 96-100°F - but more work is needed with their smaller cousins to settle the warm-blooded vs cold-blooded debate.

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:19:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have created a remarkable new alloy, Ni45Co5Mn40Sn10, that can generate powerful magnetic currents - and so electricity - when warmth flips it from one phase to another. The material is described in a new science journal, Advanced Energy Materials, and the team hopes that its high efficiency will lead to better use of waste heat - and even to the sourcing of green electricity from the oceans.

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

The role of marine plankton in sequestration of carbon

The role of marine plankton in sequestration of carbon

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:07:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Researchers at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association (UK) together with colleagues from the University of North Carolina (USA) have made an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between marine plankton and ocean pH.

The role of marine plankton in sequestration of carbon

Nano Technology shows promise for new way of winning electricity from coal

Nano Technology shows promise for new way of winning electricity from coal

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:21:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Traditionally, coal has been used for the production of electricity by burning it in power stations to produce steam which then turns turbines and generates power. However, researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have published a paper which may ultimately change that.

Nano Technology shows promise for new way of winning electricity from coal

Caught between Snowball Earths - the first shelly amoebas

Caught between Snowball Earths - the first shelly amoebas

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:52:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The mystery of life between the total ice lock-downs of two Snowball Earth eras - when the planet was covered in ice from pole-to-pole - is being swept away by new research, just published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. It seems that tiny amoeba were reaching out into the sea, to make some of the first sea-shells from floating particles, right after the first Snowball Earth event ended, some 710 million-years ago.

Caught between Snowball Earths - the first shelly amoebas

Book holds up 50-year old Antarctic Treaty as beacon of hope

Book holds up 50-year old Antarctic Treaty as beacon of hope

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new book on the diplomatic triumph of the 'border-less' Antarctic Treaty in 1959, is being launched today, as the 5th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica draws to a close. The book's editor, respected polar scientist Paul Berkman, sees the need to re-summon the political will shown back then, so as to deal with the ultimate cross-border threat - global warming.

Book holds up 50-year old Antarctic Treaty as beacon of hope

From soil to clouds: African farmers benefit from improved rainstorm predictions

From soil to clouds: African farmers benefit from improved rainstorm predictions

Posted Sun, 12 Jun 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Thunderstorm predictions during the Sahel monsoon season, in Africa, are likely to be improved by work published in Nature Geoscience today. By using incredibly detailed satellite images, scientists have discovered that soil moisture levels can be a big factor in some of the crop-nourishing storms breaking out at that time of year.

From soil to clouds: African farmers benefit from improved rainstorm predictions

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:43:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

With high oil prices are sailing ships about to make a comeback? In order to lower running costs, cargo ships are now often reducing speed to 12-15 knots, but this makes them slower than the sail-powered clipper ships of a century or more ago.

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Oxygen-poor 'dead zones' ebb and flow across the oceans

Oxygen-poor 'dead zones' ebb and flow across the oceans

Posted Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Worries about the growth of oxygen-depleted dead zones may be eased by a new study, which models the 50-year evolution of low oxygen tongues and plumes across the oceans. The paper in Science shows that bacteria have a big influence on the ebb and flow of oxygen through the seas – but that a long term decline in oxygen, due to global warming, is still likely.

Oxygen-poor 'dead zones' ebb and flow across the oceans

Call to save our soils, to save ourselves

Call to save our soils, to save ourselves

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

In today's Nature, a scientist is pointing to the role of 'Critical Zone Observatories' in understanding soils and fast-tracking solutions to preserve them - even as greater demands are placed on them. With the roots of civilization holding on tenuously to the denuded resources of the soil, action is needed fast, says Prof. Banwart.

Call to save our soils, to save ourselves

The Battery Powered Grid

The Battery Powered Grid

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:50:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been collaborating with visiting scientists from Wuhan University in China on producing a sodium-based battery which operates at ambient temperatures.

The Battery Powered Grid

Social factors affect acceptance of sustainable technologies

Social factors affect acceptance of sustainable technologies

Posted Sat, 04 Jun 2011 13:20:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Social factors influence local farmers' willingness to accept sustainable technologies, a Stanford study shows. Local farmers may only accept sustainable and more cost-efficient methods if trusted resources promote the new methods.

Social factors affect acceptance of sustainable technologies

Rare Earth Metals - a Bottleneck in Supply?

Rare Earth Metals - a Bottleneck in Supply?

Posted Sat, 04 Jun 2011 07:47:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Vital element in clean technology could have shortages, but new mines are on the horizon. China currently supplies 97% of the so-called Rare Earths - metal elements which are vital to green technologies like electric cars, fuel cells or wind turbines, not to mention iPhones, plasma screens, and myriads of other consumer goods.

Rare Earth Metals - a Bottleneck in Supply?

Electric car to run at Le Mans

Electric car to run at Le Mans

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:43:01 GMT by John Dean

Japanese company Nissan today announced that its electric car the Leaf will perform at a support event for the round-the-clock race at Le Mans. The announcement from Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. said that the LEAF NISMO RC will run at Le Mains Vers Le Futur later this month.

Electric car to run at Le Mans

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Niches and speciation in orca

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Semiconductor uses solar power to take H2 from water

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 17:22:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

New Wireless Platform for Electric Scooters Launched

Posted Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:51:00 GMT by James Mathews

Florida, the sunshine state just got 10 million years older

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:21:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Supply questions asked as rare earths are getting rarer

Posted Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett