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Well Leaks, Not Fracking, Are Linked to Fouled Water

New York Times

September 15, 2014

Featured expert: lead study author Thomas Darrah, professor of earth sciences

ALSO: Huffington Post: Contaminated Water Caused By Leaky Wells, Not Fracking Process, Study Says

ALSO: Washington Post: Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

ALSO: Daily Mail (UK): Contaminated water was NOT caused by fracking: Study finds leaky wells are to blame for tainted supplies

ALSO: Wall Street Journal: Fracking Report Cites Bad Wells for Tainted Water

ALSO: US News & World Report: Tainted water in Pennsylvania, Texas from leaky gas wells, not fracking itself, study says

ALSO: NBC News: Experts Trace Tainted Water to Leaky Wells, Not Fracking

All-Electric 'Buckeye Bullet' Shoots for 400 MPH


September 10, 2014

An engineering team from Ohio State University (OSU) has set its sights on the unimaginable -- driving 400 mph in an electric vehicle.

The Venturi Buckeye Bullet team plans to draw on the power of eight battery packs for a period of about 90 seconds to accelerate its vehicle from zero to 400 mph across a six-mile stretch of Utah salt flats next summer.

Scientists give Brown a lesson in algae blooms

Senator discusses economic effects of an unhealthy lake

Toledo Blade

September 6, 2014

Scientists from Ohio State University and Heidelberg University gave U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) a tutorial Friday in why algae blooms are filling up Lake Erie’s western basin.

Featured experts: Jay Martin, professor of ecological engineering, Stuart Ludsin, associate professor of the department of evolution, ecology, and organizational biology

Buckeye Current’s TT triumph

SAE International

September 4, 2014

We huddled in a tight circle by the finish line, frantically waiting for radio updates on the progress of our team’s rider, Rob “Bullet” Barber, who was miles in the distance and closing fast. Our 11-person team of student engineers and support crew from The Ohio State University could hardly breathe as we got the report: Barber was battling for third place—a podium finish—in the TT Zero class for electric racing motorcycles at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.

Supercomputing Propels Record-Setting Supercar

HPC Wire

September 2, 2014

Engineering students from Ohio State University have designed another record-setting vehicle, thanks in large part to the advanced computing resources of the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team set an international land speed record last week at the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah.

Solar Decathlon Leads To Patent-Pending Technology & Career

Clean Technica

August 28, 2014

Matthew O’Kelly participated twice in the Solar Decathlon—first as the HVAC engineer for The Ohio State University (OSU) 2009 team and then as the project engineer for the OSU 2011 team, according to Carol Laurie for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Since then, O’Kelly has not only established a successful design career but also been instrumental in developing a patent-pending technology that began with the OSU 2011 competition house.

Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber


August 20, 2014

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, professor of horticulture and crop science

ALSO: The New York Times: Tyre Makers Race to Turn Dandelions Into Rubber

Transportation Insider: Ohio State electric-vehicle team may top 310 mph

The Columbus Dispatch

August 18, 2014

Members of an Ohio State University team plan to drive more than four times the highest legal speed limit.

The students probably won’t get a ticket, though. Maybe a trophy.

Ohio State to refill Mirror Lake with water from new well

The Columbus Dispatch

August 13, 2014

Water buried deep under Ohio State University will start flowing into Mirror Lake today as workers refill the scenic campus fixture for the first time since last year.

Ohio State drained the lake in December to look for a new water source after finding that it took 50,000 gallons a day, bought from the city, to fill the leaky lake.

Transportation Insider: Heavier Buckeye Bullet still blazing fast

The Columbus Dispatch

September 8, 2014

The Buckeye Bullet set a (pending) land-speed record last month while traveling about 100 mph slower than its last mark.

When the team at Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research set its last record by traveling 307.6 mph in 2010, the Buckeye Bullet 2.5 vehicle weighed about 4,000 pounds.

Farm Science Review set for next week near London

The Columbus Dispatch

September 8, 2014

High corn, wheat and soybean yields and their effects on prices will be discussed at one of the informational sessions planned at the 2014 Farm Science Review, to be held Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.

Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist, will be the featured speaker on that topic at “question the authorities” sessions to be held several times in the first two days of the event.

Ohio State’s latest ‘Block O’ will create solar power

The Columbus Dispatch

August 7, 2014

A “Block O” will soon appear on the roof of an Ohio State University recreation center, but it won’t be solely for decoration. It’ll also be soaking up the sun.

AEP Energy has begun installing a solar array on the roof of Ohio State’s Recreation & Physical Activity Center on W. 17th Avenue, one that it will own and operate.

Ohio State Extension program continues to offer relevant, helpful advice

The Columbus Dispatch

August 3, 2014

In 1914, Ohio State University Extension agents went farm to farm, quelling concerns about cattle and crops.

These days, the wide-ranging agency is just as likely to coach landowners about landscape plantings or what to look for in the fine print of a shale-drilling lease as it is to talk about cows.

OSU Center for Automotive Research unveils new lab, garage space

Business First

August 1, 2014

Ohio State University is driving the future of cars.

The university’s Center for Automotive Research Friday is unveiling its new garage and laboratory space at 1320 Kinnear Road dedicated to the study of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles.

Texas Instruments names Ohio State University's Aaron Bonnell-Kangas winner of TI Innovation Challenge 2014

The Wall Street Journal

July 29, 2014

Texas Instruments Inc. named Aaron Bonnell-Kangas from Ohio State University the overall winner of the seventh annual TI Innovation Challenge, a contest that showcases the inventive projects of today's aspiring engineers. Bonnell-Kangas' winning project was an improved battery interface module for an electric racing motorcycle.

OSU, AEP Energy installing solar array on top of main gym, will be school's biggest

Columbus Business First

July 28, 2014

Ohio State and AEP Energy are installing the 101-kilowatt solar array on the roof of Ohio State’s main gym, the Recreation and Physical Activities Center. It will be the school’s biggest. When finished in about two months, the 367 solar panels will provide some electricity to the facility.

OSU and UofM’s advanced manufacturing institute picks site

Columbus Business First

July 23, 2014

The advanced manufacturing institute that EWI, Ohio State University and University of Michigan have teamed up for has a home.

Waste to energy power plants could generate an eighth of U.S. power says Cleveland's Quasar Energy

Plain Dealer

July 16, 2014

A start-up company here that has grown from four employees to about 100 in just eight years has proven that green energy isn't just about wind and sunlight.

... Quasar's success story starts with European technology, steadily improved by researchers at the Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster and refined almost daily by Quasar and OARDC engineers at labs and offices located in the BioHio Energy Research Park on the campus.

Fat Corals Fare Best As Climate Changes

Corals with significant energy reserves that welcome all types of symbiotic algae species won’t easily die if hit with multiple bleaching events


July 9, 2014
Featured expert: Andréa Grottoli, professor in the School of Earth Sciences

ALSO: io9: The Healthiest Corals are also the Fattest

An unprecedented collaboration has Lake Erie scum on the run: editorial

Plain Dealer

July 9, 2014

The undulating green-scum season is about to set sail in the western basin of Lake Erie but it's not the summer activity of choice.

…. On Thursday, Jeff Reutter, director of Ohio State University's Ohio Sea Grant office, and scientists from both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Heidelberg University will make an initial forecast on how dire the Lake Erie blooms will be this summer.