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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

Using wasted power to power our machines

Using wasted power to power our machines

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:04:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Electricity can be generated by harnessing the wasted effort of industrial machines reducing emissions and saving money say a Finnish team. The team at Aalto University have used the technique on construction and mining machines, agricultural machines and material handling machines, capturing lost energy to use instead of fuel.

Using wasted power to power our machines

Cracking the energy saving code

Cracking the energy saving code

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:56:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Computers have transformed the way we live and in doing so have massively increased our energy consumption. Now computer scientists are working on saving energy through the code that runs the machines.

Cracking the energy saving code

NASA forest map shows carbon storage

NASA forest map shows carbon storage

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 07:05:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

NASA researechers have mapped the earth's forests as a baseline for carbon research and monitoring efforts, and as a tool for managing global carbon dioxide. The map shows that the tropical forests that store the most carbon are in Latin America.

NASA forest map shows carbon storage

Climate change killed off Viking settlement on Greenland

Climate change killed off Viking settlement on Greenland

Posted Tue, 31 May 2011 14:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

It was global cooling rather than global warming, but American climate scientists say new evidence points to the catastrophic effects of climate change on a Viking settlement on Greenland.

Climate change killed off Viking settlement on Greenland

Rotterdam plans electric vehicle fleet

Rotterdam plans electric vehicle fleet

Posted Mon, 30 May 2011 11:11:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

75 EVs to be road tested as part of low-carbon transportation network. The Dutch port city of Rotterdam is pushing forward on its plan to explore the possibilities of Electric Vehicles (EVs) for public transport and utilities. 75 EVs of different types are to operate on the roads in this bustling maritime city.

Rotterdam plans electric vehicle fleet

Intelligent vehicles: It's good for cars to talk too

Intelligent vehicles: It's good for cars to talk too

Posted Fri, 27 May 2011 11:41:00 GMT by John Dean

With car manufacturers continually improving fuel efficiency, attention is turning not just to the technology but also to the way we drive. As part of that growing awareness, US manufacturer Ford has been experimenting with vehicles which save fuel by helping motorists to avoid congestion and the waste of fuel which can be caused by idling engines.

Intelligent vehicles: It's good for cars to talk too

Violent games = violent people

Violent games = violent people

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 16:24:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

An experiment by researchers from the University of Missouri proves that playing violent video games increases aggression. It takes only common sense and knowing a child who plays violent video games to know that such games increase aggression. So it isn't suprising that according to a recent study ''scientists have known for years that playing violent video games causes players to become more aggressive.''

Violent games = violent people

Country's largest quake means more risk not less of future shocks say scientists

Country's largest quake means more risk not less of future shocks say scientists

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The devastating off-shore earthquake and acompanying tsunami doesn't signal a perdio of seismic peace for the people of Japan according to new research which, instead, warns of an increased risk of a major shock hitting Tokyo.

Country's largest quake means more risk not less of future shocks say scientists

Rock-breathing bacteria to power microbial batteries?

Rock-breathing bacteria to power microbial batteries?

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

An off-the-wall alternative energy source - bacterial batteries - is drawing closer thanks to new research published today, on the electricity-generating potential of 'rock-breathing' microbes. A paper out in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes in detail the mechanism by which these bizarre bacteria can pass electrical currents when attached to iron particles.

Rock-breathing bacteria to power microbial batteries?

'Greenhouse' Effect Endangers Ocean Life

'Greenhouse' Effect Endangers Ocean Life

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 15:09:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

Scientists discover that the 'greenhouse' effect isn't constrained to the atmosphere. A team of geologists from Newcastle University in the UK have discovered evidence that 'greenhouse oceans' occurred in prehistoric times, resulting in areas of ocean with little or no life due to low levels of oxygen in the water.

'Greenhouse' Effect Endangers Ocean Life

Melting model for Greenland's accelerating ribbons of ice shows 'locked-in' sea level rise

Melting model for Greenland's accelerating ribbons of ice shows 'locked-in' sea level rise

Posted Mon, 16 May 2011 19:02:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new study has projected future sea-level rises, just from Greenland's melting ice-sheets, at 3.5 inches over this century. The paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science attempts to produce more complex computer models of recent dramatic ice-shelf losses that have kick-started accelerating Greenland glaciers - something the IPCC admits is poorly understood.

Melting model for Greenland's accelerating ribbons of ice shows 'locked-in' sea level rise

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The Planet of the Insects

Posted Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:15:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Posted Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:09:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Posted Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:02:03 GMT by JW Dowey

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Posted Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Posted Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Marmosets are marvelous !

Posted Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How techy is Eric?

Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Latest on your blood

Posted Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:19 GMT by JW Dowey

Foxy moves for successful species

Posted Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:37:43 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Finding sheep 'geneius' in their genome

Posted Fri, 06 Jun 2014 06:28:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Manakins are athletic tropical courters

Posted Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tropical volcanoes caused Little Ice Age claim

Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:58:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Molasses proves a match for ozone-depleting chemical

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:23:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

How to investigate your inner fish!

Posted Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Can the leopard change its spots?

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:11:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Rock-breathing bacteria to power microbial batteries?

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Ice Age Elephant - Mammuthus primigenius

Posted Sat, 07 Apr 2012 11:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Groundwater resources mapped in Africa

Posted Sat, 21 Apr 2012 08:47:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Aping parrots?

Posted Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:58:59 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Florida, the sunshine state just got 10 million years older

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