Science & Tech

August, 2014

  • 18 August

    What’s the Toxic Level of Mercury in Your Diet?

    A new study raises more alarm about mercury contamination in the ocean. What does that mean for your fish consumption?

  • 17 August

    Landfill Gas Can be Transformed into Hydrogen Fuel

    A new technique can turn smelly methane gas that pollutes the air into clean energy.

  • 8 August

    Algae: Friend or Foe?

    Toxic algae like the kind that fouled Toledo’s water supply are on the rise due to Big Ag and climate change. But we can learn from them, too.

  • 1 August

    More Efficient, Durable Solar Cells Are Possible

    By eliminating excess infrared radiation, the solar cells stay cool and are more efficient at converting solar rays into energy. Researchers have found that by “turning away” the infrared radiation using silica glass, heat goes down without negatively effecting the amount of visible light the solar cell can absorb.

July, 2014

  • 25 July

    Solar Car Sets A New World Record

    Sunswift eVe, designed and built by students at the University of New South Wales, seeks to overcome the traditional obstacles that have impeded solar-powered cars, namely, offering both speed and range in the same vehicle.

  • 20 July

    How Far is the US Ready for Climate Change?

    Climate change imposes an unfunded mandate on state and local governments and the American people to manage the risks of heat waves, drought and flooding, and foot the bill for the damages. While Obama Administration has announced a number of actions to better prepare for the expected change in climate, more action is needed, in particular, to address the skyrocketing risks in low-income communities.

  • 17 July

    Natural Protein May Treat Diabetes

    Drugs don’t help those suffering from type-2 diabetes. But there may now be a way to treat their resistance to insulin.

  • 13 July

    Can Renewable Energy Power the World?

    Despite the potential of clean energy, fossil-fuels reign supreme in the energy world. This has to do with various political and economic factors that make it impossible for clean energy to flourish.

June, 2014

  • 27 June

    Drones are Cheap, Soldiers Are Not

    Drones are viewed as the remedy in the age of shrinking defense budgets and high cost of human soldier. A typical $6.48 million worth reaper drone’s end cost is US$3250 per hour of flight time. In contrast, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter costs nearly US$91 million per unit, almost US$5 million per year to operate and $16,500 per hour of flight.

  • 22 June

    Cybersecurity Professionals Shortage Risk to US Security

    Demand for trained cybersecurity professionals who work to protect organizations from cybercrime is high nationwide, but the shortage is particularly severe in the federal government, which does not offer salaries as high as the private sector. This shortage — particularly for positions within the federal government — creates risks for national and homeland security, says a new study from the RAND Corporation.