Environment

Pre-Industrial Cloud Formation

Pre-Industrial Cloud Formation

Scientists at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts have been exploring the origins of clouds and the chemical composition of the particles that form them. The researchers were able to isolate air from a pristine environment high above a remote region ...

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The Aerosol Conundrum

The Aerosol Conundrum

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently discovered a new reason for Earth’s warming. Apparently, aerosols are not only responsible for Earth’s cooling, but they make our planet warmer. Since human activity partially creates these particles, the new ...

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ArmorLite Safety Coating for Compact Lights

ArmorLite Safety Coating for Compact Lights

Florida-based company ClearLite has recently introduced an innovative coating for compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) named ArmorLite. The new coating solves a familiar issue: the release of toxic mercury when bulbs break. Worried parents, loving pet-owners or just the average cautious ...

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Rate of Ecoshift in a Period of Climate Change

Rate of Ecoshift in a Period of Climate Change

Scientists from several major research institutions have determined that, on average, ecosystems must shift 0.42 kilometers (approximately half of a mile) each year to keep pace with current climate changes. The shifts are projected to be greatest in dry, arid ...

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Portable Charger Utilizes Both Wind and Sunlight

Portable Charger Utilizes Both Wind and Sunlight

Kinesis Industries, Arizona, has recently launched the Kinesis K3, a portable charger that utilizes ‘green’ energy, using the wind and the sun. In addition, the K3 can be connected to an AC outlet for faster recharge.   K3 Portable Wind  ...

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The Ozone Layer

The Ozone Layer

Where the ozone goes, everyone knows. This is thanks, in part, to two instruments onboard the Aura satellite that track ozone in our atmosphere: the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) and the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS). The ozone layer protects life ...

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Enertia – an Electric Motorcycle

Enertia – an Electric Motorcycle

The US-based Brammo Inc. has recently introduced Enertia, an electric motorcycle that offers users an ecological means of transport. Unlike most ‘green’ vehicles, Enertia’s performance promises to match that of most motorbikes, while keeping clean the surrounding air. The Brammo ...

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New Method Allows Cheaper Solar Cells Production

New Method Allows Cheaper Solar Cells Production

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have discovered a new and relatively easy technique to manufacture solar cells. Their low-cost solution is a unique processing method for copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) – based ...

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Carbon Nanotubes Dangerous to the Environment

Carbon Nanotubes Dangerous to the Environment

Scientists from the research center Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD) have discovered worrying properties of carbon nanotubes, which indicate that nanotube production may be dangerous to the environment. Their discovery, they say, may halt an otherwise diverse and fertile research area.   ...

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