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Sep12

Polluted beaches

Santa Monica Beach

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Few things are more beloved in the summer than a trip to the beach. It’s a time to relax and take in the calming beauty of the sand and surf. If you enjoy swimming, however, you might want to consult the National Resource Defense Council’s new ‘Testing the Waters’ report. (more…)

Sep11

Urban heat is not a myth

NYC

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It has long been observed that metropolitan areas are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas as a result of human activities.  These areas are known as urban heat islands. (more…)

Sep10

Organic flow batteries

wind turbines

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The rapid expansion of the use of solar and wind power is driving a growing interest in energy storage systems because in order to fully exploit these sources we need to be able to store the energy they produce for use when we need it. (more…)

Sep09

Coral and sunscreen

Coral

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Summer is in full swing. With temperatures at their peak and beach vacations underway, most of us have probably stocked up on sunscreen. We slather it on children to prevent painful burns and apply it to ourselves to avert skin cancer. But as much as sunscreen protects our skin from harm, it can do just the opposite to coral reefs. (more…)

Sep08

Energy scavenging

microwave

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In recent years, we have become familiar with the concept of energy vampires:  small devices around the house like phone chargers that steadily use up energy a little at a time.  We’ve all been encouraged to avoid wasting energy in this way by unplugging these things. (more…)

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