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Smart Farms of the Future: Making Bioenergy Crops More Environmentally Friendly

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 12:06 PM PDT

Farmers have enough worries – between bad weather, rising costs, and shifting market demands – without having to stress about the carbon footprint of their operations. But now a new set of projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could make agriculture both more sustainable and more profitable. The three projects, funded by […]
Re less-hectic, healthier, safer living, is telecommuting an underutilized, undervalued asset?

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 10:01 AM PDT

By our very nature, we humans are a mobile lot. We move. It’s what we do. But, the act of moving itself should not be confused with doing things and going places; a whole different – and other – ball game. In the span of just a few short months, Americans witnessed miles of travel […]
Inching Closer to Molecular Circuitry

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 08:12 AM PDT

An international team with ties to UCF has cracked a challenge that could herald a new era of ultra-high-density computing. For years engineers and scientists around the world have been trying to make smaller and faster electronics. But the power needed for today’s design tends to overheat and fry the circuits. Circuits are generally built […]
Blood markers predict Humboldt penguin nest type, reproductive success

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 08:11 AM PDT

From March to December every year, Humboldt penguins nest in vast colonies on the Peruvian and Chilean coasts. The lucky ones find prime habitat for their nests in deep deposits of chalky guano where they can dig out sheltered burrows. The rest must look for rocky outcrops or other protected spaces that are more exposed […]
The World’s Forests Are Growing Younger

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 08:09 AM PDT

Researchers from Berkeley Lab and 20 other institutions have found that land use and atmospheric changes are altering forest structure around the world, resulting in fewer of the mature trees that are better at storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The scientists evaluated data and observations from more than 160 previous studies designed to capture […]
Oil Platforms’ Fishy Future

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 08:08 AM PDT

Biologists and fishermen alike know that offshore oil platforms function as de facto habitats for fish. The structures climb hundreds of feet into the water column, creating a prefab reef out in open water. But many of these platforms will soon be decommissioned, and government agencies are considering the potential ecological effects in deciding how […]
The Seven Seas of Plastic and What Governments Are Doing About It

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 08:07 AM PDT

Governments at every level have taken steps over the last decade to reduce the flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans, according to a Duke University policy analysis published today. The analysis finds, however, that the vast majority of new policies have focused specifically on plastic shopping bags. More study needs to be done to determine […]
A new optical system shows how decisions light up the brain

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 07:55 AM PDT

When we make even simple decisions about how to interact with the world, we rely on computations performed by networks of neurons that span our brains. But what exactly are these neural networks computing? Answering this question requires measuring the activity of lots of neurons throughout the brain as an animal makes a decision. Now […]
Finding food security underwater

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 07:54 AM PDT

A key to solving global hunger – which is predicted to intensify during the COVID-19 pandemic – may lie in the ocean. In fact, the ocean could produce up to 75 percent more seafood than it does today, and drive sustainable economic growth, according to Stanford’s Rosamond Naylor and Jim Leape. Stanford Report spoke with Leape, co-director of Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions, and […]
Study: Reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will cause other global changes

Posted: 02 Jun 2020 07:53 AM PDT

How can the world combat the continued rise in global temperatures? How about shading the Earth from a portion of the sun’s heat by injecting the stratosphere with reflective aerosols? After all, volcanoes do essentially the same thing, albeit in short, dramatic bursts: When a Vesuvius erupts, it blasts fine ash into the atmosphere, where […]

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