Earth, Energy & Environment

Getting more heat out of sunlight

A newly developed material that is so perfectly transparent you can barely see it could unlock many new uses for solar heat. It generates...

Water cycle diagrams give false sense of security

Pictures of the Earth’s water cycle used in education and research throughout the world are in urgent need of updating to show the effects...

East Asian hot spring linked to the Atlantic sea surface temperature anomaly

The changes in spring surface air temperature can exert significant impacts on human health and lead to considerable socioeconomic consequences. Therefore, it is of...

Researchers explore use of new materials to create more efficient solar cells

A team of Florida State University researchers is pioneering innovative ways for solar cells to absorb and use infrared light, a portion of the...

Largest-ever simulation of the Deepwater Horizon spill

In a 600-ft.-long saltwater wave tank on the coast of New Jersey, a team of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) researchers is conducting...

Scientists Find a Molecular Switch for Better Biofuels

Plant cell walls contain a renewable, nearly limitless supply of sugar that can be used in the production of chemicals and biofuels. However, retrieving...

How Honeybees May Infect Bumblebees

Many species of wild bumblebees are in decline—and new research shows that diseases spread by domestic honeybees may be a major culprit. Several of the...

Researchers rank foods on the basis of nutritional value and long-term sustainability

Whether you’re a bacon fanatic, a vegan or somewhere in between, the choices you make about the foods you consume reverberate much further than...

Tropical soil disturbance could be hidden source of CO2

Thousand-year-old tropical soil unearthed by accelerating deforestation and agriculture land use could be unleashing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to a new study...

Part of the Pacific Ocean Is Not Warming as Expected. Why?

State-of-the-art climate models predict that as a result of human-induced climate change, the surface of the Pacific Ocean should be warming — some parts more, some...

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