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OSU EcoCar2 finishes third

The Columbus Dispatch

May 24, 2013

The earth-friendly car designed by Ohio State University students has finished third place in a national competition last night. OSU’s EcoCar 2 team is coming home from the San Diego event with a trophy, despite having some mechanical problems with the vehicle during the final testing.

Could ‘Clean Coal’ Finally Live up to Its Name?

An experimental new technology captures more than 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from burning coal

Smithsonian Magazine

May 23, 2013

Not long ago, the phrase “clean coal” seemed like an oxymoron. Coal-fired power plants emit a witch’s brew of air pollutants that, unless it is removed with scrubbers, tarnishes the air, creates acid rain and can cause asthma or heart attacks. And coal plants emit twice the planet-heating carbon dioxide of natural-gas-fired power plants. A new type of reactor, however, one that captures more than 99 percent of the carbon dioxide generated by burning coal, could make “clean coal” feasible.

Ratepayers save under Ohio's green-energy law, group says

The Columbus Dispatch

May 21, 2013

The “green” energy provisions of a 2008 state energy law have saved consumers $170 million, according to Ohio State University findings that run counter to the argument that the law’s requirements have contributed to an increase in bills.
Featured expert: Joseph Fiksel, co-founder of the Center for Resilience

World's Largest Tropical Glacier Shrinks


May 20, 2013

Earth is fast becoming a planet where tropical glaciers will be myths. Here are a couple of recently released satellite images from 1988 and 2010 showing the shrinkage of the world’s biggest tropical glacier, the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru.
Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center 

Yuma competition drives auto engineers to excel

Yuma Sun

May 17, 2013

In order to better equip future generations of engineers with hands-on experience, the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors have teamed up to offer EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To The Future, a three-year competition that is part of DOE's Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) offered for the past 24 years.

Featured expert: Shawn Midlam-Mohler, professor of mechanical engineering

Michigan videographer tackles Greenland snow melt

Great Lakes Echo

May 15, 2013

A Midland, Mich.-based graphic artist and climate change awareness advocate has turned his sights abroad to help bring attention to an environmental issue that spans the globe.

Featured expert: Jason Box, a scientist with Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center

Better, greener ditch design: Ohio State scientist scoops award

Lima News

May 10, 2013

Ohio State scientist Andy Ward received OARDC's Innovator of the Year award for his "two-stage" ditch design that is greener and saves farmers money.

Scotts drops phosphorus from lawn fertilizer

The Columbus Dispatch

May 10, 2013

Scotts Miracle-Gro has removed phosphorus from its popular Turf Builder line of lawn fertilizer to help reduce the type of harmful algae blooms that have plagued waterways such as Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Erie.

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Stone Laboratory, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, and Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium

After Catastrophe

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 6, 2013

The Tohoku earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi meltdown echoed other major catastrophes—acts of nature, of the market, or of terrorists—that we have endured over the past several years. Those events also created ripple effects in a highly interconnected world, revealing the urgent need to be able to absorb such shocks—because we are certainly going to see more of them.

Featured expert: Joseph Fiksel, co-founder of the Center for Resilience

Bill has smart energy focus: efficiency

The Dispatch

May 4, 2013

Vice President for Energy and Environment Ron Sega supports building-efficiency bill introduced by Senator Rob Portman.

Interview: OSU Planning Professor Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Columbus Underground

May 3, 2013

Solar-powered trash compactors? It's just one of many urban innovations OSU City and Regional Planning professor Jennifer Evans-Cowley, who also serves as the associate dean for academic affairs and administration in the College of Engineering, thinks Columbus should try, she tells Columbus Underground.  

Venturi eyes speed record with new super-EV

The Province

May 1, 2013
Venturi and the brilliant minds at Ohio State University are collaborating once again with one goal in mind: To develop the world’s fastest and most powerful electric vehicle capable of breaking the world’s speed record.

ALSO: Autocar: Venturi electric world speed record car aims for 372mph

ALSO: Independent Online: 2200kW and 600km/h - on batteries!

ALSO: Car Advice: Venturi VBB-3 targeting 700km/h-plus EV speed record

ALSO: DigitalTrends.com: Ohio State University and Venturi build the world’s most powerful EV and (maybe) the world’s fastest

Ask the Expert: How is “fracking” a game changer?


May 1, 2013

Since the turn of the 21st century, natural gas exploration and development have been revolutionized thanks to a pair of technological advances: Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

Featured expert: Jeff Daniels, professor of geography and head of the Subsurface Energy Resource Center.

Battery-powered Buckeye Bullet aiming for land speed record

Fox News

April 30, 2013

Ohio State University has a need for speed, but keeps it clean.

A team from OSU’s Center for Automotive Research is planning to break the world land speed record for electric vehicles next year with a streamlined car known as the VBB-3, or Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3.

Stone Lab's Greene joins sea program

Port Clinton News Herald

April 30, 2013

Stone Lab Education Associate Angela Greene has been selected as one of 28 teachers from across the United States who will participate in the 2013 Teacher at Sea program. Sponsored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the program allows kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail on a NOAA ship, where they work directly with on-board scientists and crew before taking their experience back to the classroom.

Time for Ohio to modernize drilling tax

The Lima News

April 30, 2013

The oil boom that transformed Lima and its region more than a century ago is mirrored today in Ohio communities less than 200 miles to the east. New technologies for finding and extracting natural gas and crude oil from deep shale deposits have made much of eastern Ohio ground zero for the largest national energy boom in decades.

Featured expert: Mark Partridge, professor of agriculture, environmental and development economics

Ohio State students’ old stuff prepared for new life

Programs help cut costs for next year’s students, aid charity

Columbus Dispatch

April 29, 2013

The bin-filling has commenced at Ohio State University and is certain to pick up the closer it gets to Wednesday, when students must clear out of their dorms.

Ford hoping to tap thirst for fuel efficiency with phone app contest

Los Angeles Times

April 25, 2013

Ford Motor Co. will offer a $25,000 first prize for whoever makes the best phone app for fuel efficiency.
Featured expert: Matt Lewis, professor of economics

EPA Announces U.S. Organizations Using the Most Green Power

Today’s Energy Solutions

April 24, 2013

Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership released an updated list of the Top 50 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources. Among the partners with the longest-running contracts are the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the Ohio State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Maryland. Of the 47 partners appearing on the list, 15 are higher education institutions.

Redesigned Material Could Lead to Lighter, Faster Electronics

NASA Tech Briefs

April 24, 2013

The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, according to a new study.

Featured expert: Joshua Goldberger, assistant professor of chemistry at The Ohio State University