Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

  • Turkey litter could partially replace coal as fuel

    Friday, February 9th, 2018

    That leftover Thanksgiving turkey on your plate? The waste it produced over the course of its life could be repurposed as vast amounts of energy-dense fuel, according to a new study published in Applied Energy. In fact, poultry litter could be a sustainable replacement for 10% of the coal that’s used for global electricity generation, the study’s [...]

  • Dietary recommendations for a warming planet

    Friday, February 9th, 2018

    Eating a balanced diet isn’t only a boon to our health; it’s also a surefire way to save the environment, according to recent research. By examining the national diet guidelines of several countries, a PNAS study has shown that if recommended dietary measures were widely adopted–in high-income nations especially–they could significantly reduce global environmental impacts.
    In fact, [...]

  • Don’t bypass Brazil’s environmental protections

    Sunday, November 27th, 2016

    Brazil has had its ups and downs when it comes to protecting the environment, but on paper, at least, many of the country’s policies are admirably green. The right to an “ecologically balanced environment” is even enshrined in the Brazilian constitution. Now, however, a loose-knit coalition of agricultural and industrial interests is working to undermine [...]

  • Interdisciplinary proposals struggle to get funded

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

    Scientists have long suspected that proposals that bridge diverse disciplines of science have lower odds of being funded. A study of Australian funding decisions now suggests that this is true.
    The findings seem to confirm the anecdotal evidence, says Rick Rylance, a chair of Research Councils UK, a major funding agency in the United Kingdom. “I [...]

  • At risk: The next generation of scientists

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

    Many young scientists, facing the decline in research funding, have been leaving the academic workforce, placing the future of science at risk, according to a recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Ronald J. Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University. Not only has there been a decline in inflation-adjusted federal spending [...]

  • Should you Tweet about your research?

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

    If the answer to the above question is no, perhaps you should consider using social media as a mechanism to call greater attention to your work. In a recent article in Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, Emily Darling, David Shiffman, Isabelle Cote and Joshua Drew discuss “The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication.”
    In [...]

  • Costs and consequences of research misconduct

    Friday, November 7th, 2014

    Does it seem like the number of scientific articles that have been retracted has increased in recent years? Most retractions involve research misconduct, which is defined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.”
    In August 2014, Ferric Fang and colleagues [...]

  • Sewage Potential Limitless

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

    Most people would rather not think twice about their waste, but Kartik Chandran spends hours a day considering the limitless potential of sewage. Chandran, an associate professor of earth and environmental engineering, studies how to improve wastewater treatment and extract energy from sewage.
    His latest work involves converting the dangerous greenhouse gas methane, a byproduct of [...]