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Ontario Government Rescues Experimental Lakes Area

Ontario Government Rescues Experimental Lakes Area

  TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, April 25, 2013 (ENS) – The Ontario Government has stepped in to save a unique freshwater research facility in the Experimental Lakes Area after the Canadian government cut off funding as of March 31. Ontario...

 

Waste Sulfur Yields Better Batteries for Electric Cars

Waste Sulfur Yields Better Batteries for Electric Cars

  TUCSON, Arizona, April 15, 2013 (ENS) – A new chemical process transforms waste sulfur into a lightweight plastic that can improve batteries for electric cars, reports a research team of U.S., Korean and German scientists The scientists...

 

Japan Turns from Nuclear Fission to Nuclear Fusion

Japan Turns from Nuclear Fission to Nuclear Fusion

  TOKYO, Japan, March 28, 2013 (ENS) – The Japanese utility that supplies electricity to seven prefectures on Japan’s main island of Honshu today officially withdrew its plan to build a new nuclear power plant near the site...

 

Fossil Found on Brazilian Beach Key to Blue Whale Survival

Fossil Found on Brazilian Beach Key to Blue Whale Survival

  SAO PAULO, Brazil, March 21, 2013 (ENS) – The 1,800 year old fossil of a blue whale found on Sao Paulo’s southern coast may help prevent the extinction of the blue whales that remain today after a century of commercial whaling. Last...

 

Extinct Saber-toothed Cat New to Science Lived in Florida

Extinct Saber-toothed Cat New to Science Lived in Florida

  GAINESVILLE, Florida, March 15, 2013 (ENS) – A new genus and species of extinct saber-toothed cat that lived five million years ago in what is now Polk County, Florida, has been identified based on fossils of the animal found over...

 

Was There Ever Life on Mars? Yes, Say NASA Scientists

Was There Ever Life on Mars? Yes, Say NASA Scientists

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2013 (ENS) – Ancient Mars could have supported living microbes in a wet environment, NASA scientists have concluded based on analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The data...

 

Climate Heat Now Exceeds Most of Past 11,300 Years

Climate Heat Now Exceeds Most of Past 11,300 Years

  CORVALLIS, Oregon, March 8, 2013 (ENS) – The planet today is warmer than it has been during 70 to 80 percent of the last 11,300 years, finds a new study of ice and sediment cores from sites around the world. Results of the study,...

 

NASA Probe Locates Earth’s Third Radiation Belt

NASA Probe Locates Earth’s Third Radiation Belt

  LAUREL, Maryland, February 28, 2013 (ENS) – NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes, robotic satellites launched last August, have now revealed a previously unknown third radiation belt around the Earth. “We thought we knew the...

 

Australia Places Aboriginal Land in Park to Bar Uranium Mining

Australia Places Aboriginal Land in Park to Bar Uranium Mining

  CANBERRA, Australia, February 7, 2013 (ENS) – After 34 years of campaigning to keep uranium mining out of his ancestral land of Koongarra, Djok Senior Traditional Owner Jeffrey Lee sat in the House of Representatives Wednesday  to...

 

U.S. & Saudi Engineers Turn Gas Well Water to Drinking Water

U.S. & Saudi Engineers Turn Gas Well Water to Drinking Water

  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, February 5, 2013 (ENS) – Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, have filed for patents on a new water purification system that turns the produced water from natural gas wells into...

 

Asteroid Miners in a Race for Rare Metals

Asteroid Miners in a Race for Rare Metals

  SANTA MONICA, California, January 23, 2013 (ENS) – A second corporation has joined the race to mine the asteroids that pass near the Earth for resources such as the platinum group metals. There are over 1,500 asteroids that can...

 

Biotech Bacteria Could Convert Methane to Liquid Diesel

Biotech Bacteria Could Convert Methane to Liquid Diesel

  SEATTLE, Washington, January 4, 2013 (ENS) – Genetically modified bacteria are the central feature of a newly funded research project that aims to convert the methane found in natural gas to liquid diesel fuel for transportation. An...

 

New York Funds Three New Clean-Energy ‘Idea Incubators’

New York Funds Three New Clean-Energy ‘Idea Incubators’

  ALBANY, New York, January 3, 2013 (ENS) – Inventors and scientists are getting $15 million worth of help from the State of New York to turn their high-tech, clean-energy ideas into successful businesses. The New York State Energy...

 

Obama Invests $120 Million in Battery Research Hub

Obama Invests $120 Million in Battery Research Hub

  CHICAGO, Illinois, December 5, 2012 (ENS) – A team led by Argonne National Laboratory will receive up to $120 million to establish a research Hub for advanced batteries to power electric and hybrid cars and develop energy storage...

 

Plastic Packaging Industry Shifting to Bio-based Products

Plastic Packaging Industry Shifting to Bio-based Products

  ESPOO, Finland, December 5, 2012 (ENS) – A new technology developed in Finland is enabling the plastic packaging industry to shift toward bio-based products, away from dependence on plastics made from petroleum. The VTT Technical...

 

Galapagos Corals May Predict the Future of Reefs Worldwide

Galapagos Corals May Predict the Future of Reefs Worldwide

  By Julian Smith LANDOVER, Maryland, November 20, 2012 (ENS) – The Galapagos Islands have been famous for a century and a half, but even Charles Darwin did not suspect that the archipelago’s list of living wonders included...

 

Space Sensor to Track Air Pollution Across North America

Space Sensor to Track Air Pollution Across North America

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2012 (ENS) – The first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime is in the works.The sensor will be placed aboard a commercial satellite...

 

Fast Carbon Footprinting Developed at Columbia

Fast Carbon Footprinting Developed at Columbia

NEW YORK, New York, September 24, 2012 (ENS) – Taking a page from Facebook engineers, researchers at Columbia University have developed new software that can calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously, a...

 

Inspiring Conservationists Honored at IUCN World Congress

Inspiring Conservationists Honored at IUCN World Congress

  JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, September 13, 2012 (ENS) – The spotlight shone this week on four high achieving conservation pioneers as awards were presented at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation...

 

Cheaper, Lighter Electric Vehicle Batteries in the Works

Cheaper, Lighter Electric Vehicle Batteries in the Works

WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2012 (ENS) – Nine experimental electric vehicle battery projects have been chosen for investment by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). “This latest round...

 
 
 
 

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