Monthly Archives: September 2013

Friday Review: 9/27/2013

Here are a couple of the important events of the week along with just some awesome articles I’ve come across : 1) The clear winner – an insect with gears!! 2) A recent article in Energy and Environmental Science discussing … Continue reading

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Water Channels Melting the Antarctic Pine Island Glacier from Below

Two years ago, a NASA satellite observed a large crack cutting through the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica – here you can see some amazing images of the development of the fissure.  Just a couple months ago, the crack expanded … Continue reading

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Plasmons to the rescue to improve solar cell efficiency?

Researchers are hard at work looking for ways to improve solar cell efficiency.  We as society should be pushing them, too, as more efficient solar cells means more competitive solar cells means a widespread injection into the market and a … Continue reading

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How Climate Change Claws at the Four Pillars of Food Security

Note: This is the third and final post reviewing an article in Science magazine’s special section called ‘Natural Systems in Changing Climates’ that covered a range of contemporary research about the impact of recent climate behavior on ecosystems and species stability.  This post … Continue reading

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Ecuador Wants Money to Save Its Rainforest

Just found this story reported on NPR’s blog ‘Planet Money’. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/09/02/216878935/ecuador-to-world-pay-up-to-save-the-rainforest-world-to-ecuador-meh Apparently, Ecuador’s president Rafael Correra has claimed that he will protect the rainforests from oil drilling IF he is paid for it. Specifically, he would like half the price … Continue reading

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Has Global Warming Already Been Affecting Our Hurricane Season?

A video created by 350.org has been circulating around the web recently discussing a proposed change to how we name hurricanes: First things first: yes, I chuckled at the video, and some of the lines are pretty hilarious (‘Rick Perry: … Continue reading

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