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Environment - Computer Science - 31.10.2011
NASA Launches JPL-Built Earth Science Experiment
NASA Launches JPL-Built Earth Science Experiment
October 31, 2011 An experiment developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to test technology for future NASA Earth science missions was aboard one of five small "CubeSat" research satellites that hitched a ride to orbit Oct. 28 with NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP.

Mechanical Engineering - Environment - 31.10.2011
Study evaluates bat deaths near wind turbines
It's something of an ecological murder mystery — countless numbers of bats are turning up dead near wind farms. But what is killing them? A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison links on-the-ground sleuthing and clinical diagnostic techniques to sketch a better picture of how the bats are dying.

Environment - Chemistry - 31.10.2011
NSF Grant will help deepen our understanding of Arctic climate change
NSF Grant will help deepen our understanding of Arctic climate change
Daniel Jacob and Loretta J. Mickley are part of an NSF effort to improve predictions of climate change Daniel Jacob, Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is the lead primary investigator of a grant for $477,787 to develop an improved understanding of the distributions and decadal trends of aerosols and ozone in the Arctic and study the implications for Arctic climate change during 1980-2010.

Health - Environment - 27.10.2011
Think differently on health equity: report
Think differently on health equity: report
A major shift in thinking is needed for dealing with health equity issues in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a new report by the Global Action on Health Equity Network (HealthGAEN), co-founded by researchers at The Australian National University.

Life Sciences - Environment - 27.10.2011
Insects scared to death of fish
The mere presence of a predator causes enough stress to kill a dragonfly, even when the predator cannot actually get at its prey to eat it, say biologists at the University of Toronto . “How prey respond to the fear of being eaten is an important topic in ecology, and we've learned a great deal about how these responses affect predator and prey interactions,” says Professor Locke Rowe , chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and co-principal investigator of a study conducted at U of T's Koffler Scientific Reserve.

Environment - Life Sciences - 27.10.2011
Intestinal stem cells respond to food by supersizing the gut
Intestinal stem cells respond to food by supersizing the gut
A new study from University of California, Berkeley, researchers demonstrates that adult stem cells can reshape our organs in response to changes in the body and the environment, a finding that could have implications for diabetes and obesity. Post-doc Lucy O'Brien explains how studying stem cells in fruit fly epithelial tissue – skin, glands and intestines, for example – can shed light on the role of adult stem cells in humans.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 27.10.2011
Researchers to explore if Ganges River water use affects climate
Thursday 27 October 2011 By Colin Smith Determining if water usage patterns in northern India over the last 50 years are affecting the climate is the focus of new international £1.1 million collaboration announced today. Researchers from Imperial College London are part of a UK and Indian academic consortium that is developing the most comprehensive computer models yet of the water cycle in the Ganges River Basin, which is one of the most heavily populated and farmed river basins in the world.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 26.10.2011
Study analyzes only known footage of the largest woodpecker that ever lived
Study analyzes only known footage of the largest woodpecker that ever lived
The imperial woodpecker - the largest woodpecker that ever lived -probably went extinct in the late 20th century in the high mountains of Mexico, without anyone ever capturing photos or film of the 2-foot-tall, flamboyantly crested bird.

Environment - 26.10.2011
Salon event asks: Do we still care about climate change?
Salon event asks: Do we still care about climate change?
Salon event asks: Do we still care about climate change? Do people still get hot under the collar about climate change, or have public perceptions cooled‘ Who does care about the threat of glob

Economics / Business - Environment - 26.10.2011

Environment - 26.10.2011
Q&A: Stanford's Paul Ehrlich fears the worst for a planet with 7 billion residents
Q&A: Stanford’s Paul Ehrlich fears the worst for a planet with 7 billion residents
Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich still sees runaway population growth as a threat to the planet, but is hopeful that humans can avoid the first catastrophic collapse of a global civilization.

Health - Environment - 26.10.2011
Fungus causes deadly bat disease: last doubts removed
Fungus causes deadly bat disease: last doubts removed
Scientists have proven that the fungus Geomyces destructans causes white-nose syndrome, a fast-spreading and highly lethal disease of bats.

Administration - Environment - 25.10.2011
Shark hunts a Hollywood response to real horror
Shark hunts a Hollywood response to real horror
By PhD candidate Christopher Neff. First published in the Sydney Morning Herald. 25 October 2011 This year may be remembered as the summer of the shark hunt.

Environment - 24.10.2011
Inequality affects food production in Zimbabwe
A shortage of land in Zimbabwe leads to greater inequality between the sexes. However, an indirect consequence has also been that opposition to polygamy has increased.

Environment - Economics / Business - 24.10.2011
Global warming target to stay below 2 degrees requires more action this decade
24 Oct 2011 Climate scientists say the world's target to stay below a global warming of 2 degrees, made at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun 2010 will require decisive action this decade.

Environment - 24.10.2011
Fenner's sustainable future realised
Fenner’s sustainable future realised
The legacy of esteemed scientist Frank Fenner lives on in a new building opened at The Australian National University named in his honour.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 24.10.2011
Unexpected bequest a boost for agricultural sustainability
Unexpected bequest a boost for agricultural sustainability
Research into sustainable agricultural science has been given a huge boost with the announcement of a major bequest to the University of Sydney.

Environment - Economics / Business - 23.10.2011
U-M School of Information to receive $8 million to foster data-sharing among scientists
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The School of Information at the University of Michigan is heading a cooperative effort by four major universities to create better methods for data-sharing among scientists and researchers in the new and growing field of sustainability.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 21.10.2011
Cycads are not
Cycads are not "living fossils" from Dinosaur Age
Today's cycads - plants famed as "living fossils" because they've survived since the last dinosaurs munched on them 65.5 million years ago - are really only a few million years old, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, scientists and their international team.

Environment - Economics / Business - 21.10.2011
£25m research facility for food and biofuels opens for business
PA 324/11 The doors open on a new multi million pound research facility for biofuels, brewing science and food and drink processing at The University of Nottingham on Friday 21 October 2011.

Economics / Business - Environment - 21.10.2011
Leeds ’sludge team’ targets nuclear waste
It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Researchers from the University of Leeds have teamed up with Sellafield Ltd to clean up radioactive sludge produced by the UK nuclear industry.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 21.10.2011
Small but agile Proba-1 reaches 10 years in orbit
Small but agile Proba-1 reaches 10 years in orbit
A good photographer needs agility. So it is with ESA microsatellite Proba-1, which turns in space to capture terrestrial targets.

Health - Environment - 20.10.2011
Research eyes energy-saving fluoros
Research eyes energy-saving fluoros
The global trend towards using fluorescent globes instead of incandescent ones as a strategy to beat climate change could be increasing eye disease, according to new research by scientists at The Australian National University.

Environment - 20.10.2011
Leaf litter ants advance case for rainforest conservation in Borneo
Studies of ant populations in Borneo reveal an unexpected resilience to areas of rainforest degraded by repeated intensive logging.

Environment - 20.10.2011
Sussex academic helps launch ’unique’ migration report
Sussex academic helps launch 'unique' migration report University of Sussex academic Professor Richard Black will help today (Thursday 20 October) to launch a major new international report that he describes as “unique” in its approach to migration in an era of climate change.

Environment - Economics / Business - 20.10.2011
Pay-As-You-Go Approach to Powering the World
Vijay Modi , a professor of mechanical engineering, is working to create sustainable energy models for cities, such as New York, where current infrastructure will not be able to support future demand, and for countries as far away as Tanzania, where power costs are high and energy is inefficient.

Health - Environment - 20.10.2011
Book on Romantic Attachment Merges Science With Self-Help
Seven years ago, when Amir Levine was in his child and adolescent psychiatry residency here at Columbia, he worked with mothers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, using attachment-based therapy to help them better bond with their children.

Economics / Business - Environment - 20.10.2011
Engineers Develop Innovative Solutions to Challenges of an Information-Rich Society
Despite the limited laboratory space available in Manhattan's dense urban environment, Columbia's basic and applied scientists and engineers have long been at the forefront of innovations central to modern life.

Environment - 19.10.2011
Millions will be 'trapped' in areas facing environmental change
Millions will be 'trapped' in areas facing environmental change
Major challenges associated with migration and environmental change 'have been underestimated', according to a major new report.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 19.10.2011
City heat is a small contributor to global warming, Stanford study finds
City heat is a small contributor to global warming, Stanford study finds
Urban 'heat island' effect is only a small contributor to global warming, and white roofs don't help to solve the problem, say Stanford researchers Heat emanating from cities – called the "urban heat island" effect – is not a significant contributor to global warming, Stanford researchers have found.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 19.10.2011
Read the story Research Star chef Ian Curley to take Sydney 'back to cooking basics'
Read the story Research Star chef Ian Curley to take Sydney ’back to cooking basics’
As Sunday 16 October marked World Food Day , Alana Mann from the Department of Media and at the University of Sydney reflected on a global social movement struggling to assert rights over food.

Environment - 19.10.2011
Letting the neighbours watch your energy use
Letting the neighbours watch your energy use
Reducing domestic electricity consumption could be as simple as putting a blackboard outside your home to show the neighbours how much energy you are using each day. The results of an applied design research project devised by Martin Tomitsch and Andrew Vande Moere from the Design Lab in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning were recently presented at Interact 2011, an international conference on human-computer interaction held in Portugal.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 18.10.2011
Researchers attack a stinker of a pest; iPhone users can help track the invader
Researchers attack a stinker of a pest; iPhone users can help track the invader
A new hobo pest - the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) - is pigging out on many of North America's most important crops, posing an unprecedented threat to U.S. agriculture, say experts. "There's been nothing like this in several decades," says Peter Jentsch, a researcher at Cornell's Hudson Valley Laboratory and one of 10 Cornell scientists and 70 others, including some as far afield as Oregon and Florida, looking for ways the curb the pest, which caused catastrophic damage in 2010.

Environment - Economics / Business - 18.10.2011
Kiln to make rural Kenyan village energy self-sufficiency with agricultural boon
Kiln to make rural Kenyan village energy self-sufficiency with agricultural boon
The increasing costs of fuel for transportation are hampering development of rural communities in developing countries, but an interdisciplinary team of Cornell scientists believes they may have found a sustainable solution: biochar.

Environment - Computer Science - 17.10.2011
University of Minnesota robots to join search for invasive species
University of Minnesota robots to join search for invasive species
$2.2 million NSF grant funds development of robotic boats to track nonnative carp Media Note: View video of prototype robotic boats in action at z.umn.edu/carptracker.

Environment - 17.10.2011
Glaciers Make Way for New Stream Habitat in Alaska
Researchers from the University of Birmingham and other UK universities describe the evolution and assembly of a stream ecosystem in South East Alaska in new de-glaciated terrain, from early insect and crustacean invaders to the arrival of migrating salmon from the ocean, in a paper published in the journal ‘Ecology' this month (October).

Environment - Administration - 17.10.2011
CryoSat rocking and rolling
CryoSat rocking and rolling
CryoSat rocking and rolling ESA's ice satellite is rolling left and right in orbit to help it continue its precise measurements of the vast ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 17.10.2011
Replenishing Key Fish Species
Replenishing Key Fish Species
October 17, 2011 — Coral Gables — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has awarded nearly $1 million to the University of Miami

Environment - 17.10.2011
Sea Life Sharks Help Scientists Probe Mysteries of Ancient Seas
Sea Life Centre sharks are set to help University of Birmingham scientists unravel the mysteries of ancient seas. That will be the goal of a major research project announced as the centres prepare to host special Shark Weeks in October, to promote shark conservation. Clues to marine biological diversity over millions of years may be locked up in sharks' teeth, researchers believe.

Environment - 17.10.2011
Changing Arctic in the spotlight Oct. 27
Symposium presented by the Consulate General of Canada, the Will Steger Foundation and the University of Minnesota will explore international cooperation and development in the Arctic Recent Arctic research shows summer sea ice reached one of the lowest levels on record this year.

Environment - 17.10.2011
NASA, Japan Release Improved Topographic Map of Earth
NASA, Japan Release Improved Topographic Map of Earth
October 17, 2011 PASADENA, Calif. NASA and Japan released a significantly improved version of the most complete digital topographic map of Earth on Monday, produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 17.10.2011
Slide show: Northwoods partners
The complex interplay between the earth's climate on global and local levels drives University of Wisconsin-Madison atmospheric and oceanic sciences professor Ankur Desai's research.

Economics / Business - Environment - 14.10.2011
Space for innovation
You are needed! But you must move out of your comfort zone, be prepared to work with people who are not like you, and realise that there is no map.

Environment - 14.10.2011
Moynihan examines Hurricane Katrina, red tape
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Earth Sciences - Environment - 14.10.2011
IBM R&D lab will reduce impact of major disasters
14 Oct 2011 The University of Melbourne has welcomed the new IBM Research and Development - Australia, which will help the community better prepare for and better cope with major natural disasters and lead to a more sustainable future.

Physics - Environment - 13.10.2011
Jodrell Bank given Royal seal of approval
Jodrell Bank given Royal seal of approval
13 Oct 2011 Prince Andrew, Duke of York, praised the achievements of astronomers and scientists at Jodrell Bank on a visit to the Observatory last week.

Computer Science - Environment - 13.10.2011
$3.45M for new technologies to study birds, other species
$3.45M for new technologies to study birds, other species
A gift and a grant totaling $3.45 million will help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology develop new computer technologies to better understand the movements and behaviors of birds and other species.

Environment - 13.10.2011
Berkeley Lab Project in India To Measure Impact of Pollution on Cool Roofs
Berkeley Lab Project in India To Measure Impact of Pollution on Cool Roofs
With the aid of rooftop instruments, satellite images, an airplane and a balloon, the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists are conducting the first-ever study to determine how pollution impacts the efficacy of white roofs in cooling the planet.

Chemistry - Environment - 13.10.2011
$10 Million Gift Creates Partnership to Fuel Fundamental Research
Dow establishes long-term vision for innovation as founding member of Caltech's Corporate Partners Program In a strategic move to strengthen fundamental science and technology and foster transformati

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