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People waste less food if told of harm to environment

The Columbus Dispatch

January 29, 2017

A piece of advice for green-minded restaurants and food service businesses - hide that compost bin.

That's because when diners know their scraps will be composted, they end up wasting more food, according to new research from Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Brian Roe, professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics

Gov. John Kasich, Ohio State University announce $45 million expansion in vehicle test center


January 27, 2017

Gov. John Kasich and Ohio State University President Michael Drake announced a $45 million investment for testing driverless cars and other vehicles at the Transportation Research Center. OSU will invest $25 million to expand the 4,500-acre facility in Logan County.

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OSU gets grant to study autonomous vehicles

The Columbus Dispatch

January 26, 2017

A major research grant to expand Ohio State University's Transportation Research Center and study autonomous vehicles will mean jobs and economic development for central Ohio, according to the center's director.

Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to announce the grant, said to be tens of millions of dollars, at an event with Ohio State trustees at 2 p.m. today.

Ohio State spinoff getting boost from Safelite fuel-efficiency efforts

Business First

January 24, 2017

Safelite AutoGlass will start fueling fleet vehicles that run on compressed natural gas by month's end using a simplified compressor technology that just four years ago was an idea on paper at an Ohio State University lab.

Simple-Fill Inc., the Ohio State spinoff licensing the technology from the Center for Automotive Research, is ready to deploy the first production model of a compressor that uses liquid instead of thousands of spinning parts to compress the gas into usable fuel – for the first time making compressors affordable and easy to maintain for small to medium fleets.

OSU study: Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter, cleaner

Daily Reporter

January 23, 2017

Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines.

Featured expert: Michael Mills, professor of materials science and engineering

ALSO: France-Metallurgie: Ohio State scientists find a way to remove defects from alloys to enable jet engines to run hotter and cleaner (US)

Think global warming's a fraud? These scientists want to change your mind

The Columbus Dispatch

January 23, 2017

As for consensus, studies show that more than 97 percent of scientists agree that humans are responsible for ongoing climate change. So how do experts convince doubters? The Dispatch asked a group of scientists to share their most-compelling evidence.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Department of Earth Sciences, Byrd Polar Research Center

New Technology Could Clean Up Jet Engines

R&D Magazine

January 19, 2017

A new method of deactivating nano twins to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys may lead to a hotter and ultimately cleaner jet engine.

Featured expert: Michael Mills, professor of materials science and engineering

Ohio State receives $1.5 million to study ways to cut bus emissions

The Columbus Dispatch

January 19, 2017

Researchers at Ohio State University will receive $1.5 million from the federal government to test ways of reducing emissions from buses.

The Federal Transit Authority program will work with Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research, with the potential to receive a share of up to $12 million in additional funding over the next few years.

How Ohio State uses campus as a 'live proving ground’ for driverless vehicles

Business First

January 16, 2017

Ohio State University thinks it can be a “proving ground” for autonomous vehicles.

That means continuing to use its campus, one of the largest in the country, as a test site.

Here are some tidbits on what Ohio State is doing, based on its application to the U.S. Department of Transportation and a discussion with Carla Bailo, OSU’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development:

• After performing virtual testing and simulations, Ohio State uses a 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid to test autonomous highway driving and an Innova micro-sized electric vehicle to test low-speed shuttle operations.

Ohio State asks feds to name it a proving ground for autonomous vehicles

Business First

January 13, 2017

Ohio State University hopes to make its Columbus campus a government-certified testing ground for autonomous vehicles.

Driverless vehicles still are largely experimental but expected to become a standardized form of transportation on U.S. roads.

Roger Schroer: The Fastest Man in Central Ohio

Columbus Monthly

January 2017

Not much scares Roger Schroer. Good thing, too, because steering a rocket on wheels upwards of 300 mph can be harrowing stuff.

“At a place like Bonneville, anything can happen,” he says. He is talking about Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a vast white surface left over from an ancient lake, a favorite proving ground for high-speed vehicles. It’s also the place where the gray-haired, steely-eyed driver piloted Ohio State University’s Buckeye Bullet to another land-speed record for an electric vehicle in September.

Columbus semi-finalist for futuristic, high-speed transportation system

The Columbus Dispatch

January 10, 2017

A proposal submitted by a Columbus-based commission would use a similar concept to launch people from here to Chicago in 30 minutes or to Pittsburgh in 15 minutes at more than 700 mph.

Featured expert: Thomas Goldsby, professor and chair, marketing & logistics

Ohio State spinoff raises $420,000 toward CNG compressor technology

Business First

January 9, 2017

Ohio State University spinoff Simple-Fill Inc., working toward developing production models of low-cost, low-maintenance natural gas compressors, has raised $420,000 of a potential $450,000 round, according to a regulatory filing.

CEO Rob Underhill said he could not comment on the still-open round.

Device Converts Heat into Electricity

R & D Magazine

January 4, 2017

Researchers from The Ohio State University developed a method using magnetism on a composite of nickel and platinum to amplify the voltage output 10 times or more by using a thicker piece of material that more closely resembles components for future electronic devices.

Featured experts: study co-author Stephen Boona, postdoctoral researcher and Joseph Heremans, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology

Ohio State spinoff wins Silicon Valley pitch contest

Business First

December 29, 2016

A Columbus startup working to keep your wireless devices powered longer has won a pitch contest for "internet of things" companies. Ohio State University spinoff Nikola Labs Inc. was named the best pitch winner at the conclusion of the latest three-month Plug and Play accelerator program in Silicon Valley.

The world is one step closer to using heat as an electricity source

Huffington Post

December 23, 2016

Humans have moved one step closer to creating a device that could convert heat into a potential source of electricity. ... Now, a new study has made heat a more realistic solution, making the advances in solid-state thermodynamics required to turn the science fiction into reality.

Featured expert: Postdoctoral researcher Stephen Boona

Scientists tie climate change to extreme global events

Toledo Blade

December 16, 2016

A major scientific report issued in San Francisco on Thursday has documented more correlations between climate change and extreme weather risk, asserting there's stronger evidence that greenhouse gases are making the planet's heat, drought, and storms much worse than they would be without as many of the man-made pollutants in the atmosphere.

…Earlier this week at the AGU gathering, Ohio State University's Field to Faucet water quality program director, Jay Martin, presented research intended to help western Lake Erie region farmers achieve the watershed's goal of a 40 percent reduction in algae-forming nutrients.

Featured Expert: Jay Martin, professor of food, agriculture and biological engineering and director, Field to Faucet

Climate Change Is Melting 'The Roof of the World'

Huffington Post

December 12, 2016

The glaciers of western Tibet have been stable for thousands of years. But climate change is now threatening that status quo.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, School of Earth Sciences and research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

ALSO: Toronto Star: Glacier collapse in Tibet that killed 9 baffled researchers - now there may be answers

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Climate change likely caused deadly avalanche in Tibet, researchers say

Melting at the base of the glaciers sped the flow of ice in the July disaster that killed 9


December 13, 2016

Climate change is likely to blame for a massive avalanche in Tibet that killed nine people in July.

An international team of researchers that investigated the disaster published this conclusion in the Journal of Glaciology Friday.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, School of Earth Sciences and research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

A Tibetan glacier mysteriously collapsed and killed 9. Now researchers offer answers.

Washington Post

December 12, 2016

In July, at least 90 million cubic yards of glacial ice and rock plummeted from the Aru Range of mountains in western Tibet. Those who witnessed the collapse said that the avalanche lasted no longer than five minutes.

The devastation within such a short time was immense. In places, the ice deposits ran 30 feet deep. The avalanche buried 3.7 square miles — an area equivalent to two-thirds of the Los Angeles airport campus.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, School of Earth Sciences and research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

ALSO: Daily Mail: Climate change WAS to blame for the deadly 2016 avalanche that killed nine yak herders in Tibet, researchers claim