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Climate change: NASA scientists have a plan

Drew Shindell of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City and his team looked at hundreds of proposed measures to deal with climate change using a model developed by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). A new…

Advanced nanomaterials: cool, cooler and coolest

According to Science Daily, Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a new method for creating advanced nanomaterials that could lead to highly efficient refrigerators and cooling systems requiring no refrigerants and no moving parts. The key ingredients…

Climate change: what’s good for elk is bad for birds

A just-published U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Montana study demonstrates how the declining snowpack in the Arizona mountains over a 22-year span has affected songbirds, producing a “classic ecological cascade” according to Thomas Martin, USGS Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.…

FDA changing course on antibiotics in livestock

American farmers have been feeding antibiotics to their livestock (which includes cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys) since the 1950s, claiming that the practice keeps the animals healthier and enables them to grow faster. Only 20% of the antibiotics sold in the…

Off planet energy source? Think small

That’s what the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory (NRL) is doing these days. Integrating the NRL developed technologies in microrobotics, microbial fuel cells, and low power electronics, space robotics scientist Dr. Gregory P. Scott at NRL’s Spacecraft Engineering Department inspires a…

What have they done for you lately?

According to their home page, here’s what TSA did for the period from December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012: 1 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints 23 firearms found at checkpoints 1 passenger was arrested after investigation of suspicious behavior or…

Here’s another 1% that I’m not in

That’s the biggest users of the mobile airwaves. The world’s congested mobile airwaves are being divided in a lopsided manner, with 1 percent of consumers generating half of all traffic. The top 10 percent of users, meanwhile, are consuming 90…

Policy change at the S.E.C.

My first post here at Polizeros was about that Manhattan federal court judge who rejected a proposed settlement between the S.E.C. and Citigroup last November. The S.E.C. has just announced that it is changing its policy on some settlements. The…

Feel the earth move under your feet?

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources placed a moratorium on further pumping of waste liquids in an area five miles around a disposal well located near Youngstown after the 10th earthquake hit the region on December 24th. In response, the owner of…