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Improving commerical viability of biofuels

Improving commerical viability of biofuels | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor is one of the authors of a paper recently published in Science that outlines ways companies can commercialize and profit from what was thought to a waste product created when producing biofuels.
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Researchers create 'black box' for use in operating rooms

Researchers create 'black box' for use in operating rooms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have developed a 'black box' for using in operating rooms, similar to that used in the airline industry.
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A healthy lifestyle adds years to life

A healthy lifestyle adds years to life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Live longer thanks to fruit, an active lifestyle, limited alcohol and no cigarettes. This is the conclusion of a study by public health physicians at the University of Zurich who documented for the first time the impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy in numbers. The results are to be taken ...
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Same genes drive maths and reading ability

Same genes drive maths and reading ability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, the University of Oxford and King's College London who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits.
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Engineering nuclear nonproliferation

Engineering nuclear nonproliferation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Virginia engineering professor Houston Wood's career is a testament to the essential role that engineers can play, not only in preserving a free and open society, but also in making the world a safer place.
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Judge says ocean sound blasts need not be halted

Judge says ocean sound blasts need not be halted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A federal judge says he will not grant New Jersey's request to halt federally funded scientific research that includes blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.
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New UN force on climate impacts on health

New UN force on climate impacts on health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Two UN agencies on Tuesday announced they were setting up a joint office to help fight the threat to health from climate change and extreme weather.
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Reducing the environmental impact of farms along the 'Atlantic Arc'

Reducing the environmental impact of farms along the 'Atlantic Arc' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Livestock production in certain parts of Europe follows an intensive model which, while economically beneficial, is often damaging to the environment. Side effects of the intensive model of pig, poultry and cattle production include emissions of greenhouse gases (ammonia, nitrous oxide and methane) ...
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Giant earthquakes help predict volcanic eruptions

Giant earthquakes help predict volcanic eruptions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre (CNRS/Université Joseph Fourier/Université de Savoie/IRD/IFSTTAR) and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot/IPGP), working in collaboration with Japanese researchers, have for the first time observed the response ...
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China arms itself for difficult 'war on pollution'

China arms itself for difficult 'war on pollution' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Having declared 'war on pollution', China is arming itself with tougher weapons from new courts to daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps but no guarantee of progress.
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Taking the temperature of deep geothermal reservoirs

Taking the temperature of deep geothermal reservoirs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A lot can happen to water as it rises to the surface from deep underground. It can mix with groundwater, for example. This makes it difficult for scientists to estimate the temperature of a geothermal reservoir, which is an important step as they decide whether a site merits further exploration as a source of clean, renewable energy.

 

Now, Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a new way to take a geothermal reservoir's temperature.

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Koch brothers buy of Houston energy company moves forward - Houston Business Journal

Koch brothers buy of Houston energy company moves forward - Houston Business Journal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The purchase of a major Houston chemical by a subsidiary of the Koch Industries Inc. passed a major hurdle by moving beyond the grace period that allowed for a superior offer to kill the deal.

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Does Your State Have the Most—or the Fewest—LEED-Certified Homes?

Does Your State Have the Most—or the Fewest—LEED-Certified Homes? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are 150,000 LEED-certified housing units across the world, according to a new report. Is your state in the top 10 or the bottom 10 for the U.S.?

There are now more than 150,000 LEED-certified housing units worldwide, according to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED in Motion: Residential report. Where does your home state stack up? Visit the link for the top 10 and bottom 10 states per certified units.


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, July 8, 2014 4:25 AM

Another example of the growing coastal-inland divergence in almost all aspects of our society.

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Death toll in W.African Ebola outbreak rises to 518, WHO reports

Death toll in W.African Ebola outbreak rises to 518, WHO reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
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Sandalwood scent facilitates wound healing and skin regeneration

Sandalwood scent facilitates wound healing and skin regeneration | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Skin cells possess an olfactory receptor for sandalwood scent, as researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered. Their data indicate that the cell proliferation increases and wound healing improves if those receptors are activated. This mechanism constitutes a possible starting point for ...
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Underage drinkers overexposed to magazine advertising for the brands they consume

Underage drinkers overexposed to magazine advertising for the brands they consume | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The brands of alcohol popular with underage drinkers also happen to be the ones heavily advertised in magazines that young people read, a new study finds.
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Small drop in fuel economy, but still near all-time high

Small drop in fuel economy, but still near all-time high | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite a slight dip in June, fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. exceeded 25 mpg for the fifth straight month, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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More California gas stations can provide H2 than previously thought, study says

More California gas stations can provide H2 than previously thought, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach.
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Three reforms to protect California's cap-and-trade policy

Three reforms to protect California's cap-and-trade policy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
California's landmark cap-and-trade system for regulating greenhouse gases could be vulnerable to price spikes and market manipulation, according to a new study released by scholars affiliated with the Energy Institute at Haas. But the state's air-quality regulators can prevent that outcome with three ...
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Calculating the cumulative cost of carbon dioxide emissions

Calculating the cumulative cost of carbon dioxide emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Calculating the cumulative cost of carbon dioxide emissions gives new insights into the question of who is responsible for climate change.
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Logging and burning cause the loss of 54 million tons of carbon a year in Amazonia

Logging and burning cause the loss of 54 million tons of carbon a year in Amazonia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study conducted by scientists in Brazil and the United Kingdom has quantified the impact that selective logging, partial destruction by burning, and fragmentation resulting from the development of pastures and plantations have had on the Amazon rainforest. In combination, these factors could be removing ...
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Litter now everywhere in the ocean

Litter now everywhere in the ocean | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Litter is now found in even the most remote areas of the oceans, say scientists trying to understand how much rubbish is lying at the bottom of Europe's seas.
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Record levels of solar ultraviolet measured in South America

Record levels of solar ultraviolet measured in South America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on the Earth's surface. The extraordinary UV fluxes, observed in the Bolivian Andes only 1,500 miles from the equator, are far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial ...
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Mycoremediation (Bioremediation with Fungi) – Growing Mushrooms to Clean the Earth. A mini-review.

Mycoremediation (Bioremediation with Fungi) – Growing Mushrooms to Clean the Earth. A mini-review. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fungi feature among Nature’s most vigorous agents for the decomposition of waste matter, and are an essential component of the soil food web, providing nourishment for the other biota that live in the soil.

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Le capitalisme est « fabuleux » « décroissanceS

Le capitalisme est « fabuleux » « décroissanceS | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Le capitalisme est « fabuleux ». 05 juillet 2014. zindignees_16. Publié dans le numéro 16 de la revue Les Z'IndignéEs, pour annoncer les (F)Estives 2014 de l'objection de croissance qui auront lieu à Cerbère à la fin du mois d'août.

Via Aquitaine decroissance
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