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Ohio State joint research with Finns on ‘smart cards’ aims to prevent Target-like breaches

Business First

January 28, 2014

Imagine an ATM waking up and asking for your account PIN while your debit card is still deep in your pocket. A federal grant is helping Ohio State University researchers develop a more secure – and more convenient – credit card.Paul Berger, professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics, has been working for 15 years on reducing the energy required to run computer chips.

Ohio State Marion receives award

Marion Star

January 23, 2014

The Ohio State University at Marion has received a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System program, a news release states.

Planning task force will explore ways to leverage benefits of Guernsey County's gas and oil boom for future economy

The Daily Jeffersonian

January 16, 2014

A report last fall that the population of Cambridge could grow tenfold as a result of the gas and oil boom in this part of Ohio has sparked a partnership between the county's planning commission and The Ohio State University Extension.

Together they will revisit the Guernsey County Comprehensive Strategic Plan.

Wheelies: Computers help electric cars turn

Science News for Students

January 15, 2014

Ohio State mechanical engineering professor Junmin Wang and his colleagues are designing and testing a computer program that controls each wheel’s speed independently. 

New firm selected, cost increases for Ohio State Mirror Lake study

The Lantern

January 9, 2014

A new firm has been identified and the price tag has gone up for a study of Mirror Lake’s leaks and overflows after the original firm left its contract to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.EMH&T, a Columbus-based development and public works firm, is now set to conduct the sustainability study, which is slated to cost $4,520 more because extra work was added to “determine if groundwater is a viable option to feed the lake,” OSU spokeswoman for Administration and Planning Lindsay Komlanc said in an email Thursday.

Electric Cars Hit Milestone With First Grand Prix Race Ahead

Leonardo DiCaprio's new FIA Formula E team adds glitz to a competition designed to showcase EV performance.

National Geographic

January 5, 2014

Experimental electric cars already have achieved sustained speeds of more than 180 mph (290 km/h.) (For comparison, in the fastest Grand Prix ever, in 2003, the winner completed the race at 153.8 mph (247.9 km/h).) And an Ohio State University student-built car known as the Buckeye Bullet holds the current world record for an electrically powered land vehicle at just a shade under 308 mph (496 km/h). "The performance side of electric driving is becoming very clear," said engineering professor Giorgio Rizzoni, lead faculty adviser to the Ohio State project, which is also backed by Venturi.

Ohio’s 245 Utica shale wells producing at a rate of $1 billion a year

Akron Beacon Journal

January 2, 2014

Featured expert: Jeff Daniels, professor of geology and co-director of the university’s Sub-Surface Energy Resources Center

OSU’s vision for banks of Olentangy is taking form

The Columbus Dispatch

December 29, 2013

A section of the Olentangy River that is being restored near Ohio State University looks like a muddy, rocky mess to some people. But campus officials see the river as an important part of the university’s future.

Unwanted Greenhouse Gas Could Boost Geothermal Power Output

Environmental News Service

December 27, 2013

Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide, CO2, underground – and use the greenhouse gas in liquid form as a tool to boost electric power generation 10-fold in geothermal power plants.

Teams of researchers at the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are collaborating on using CO2 in its liquid form as a supplemental fluid in geothermal power plants.

Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity?

Lab Manager Magazine

December 16, 2013

Featured expert: Jeffrey Bielicki, assistant professor of energy policy in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs

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Team Gemini’s waste-to-energy project near SWACO grows to $420M

Columbus Business First

December 16, 2013

A Florida development company plans to start construction soon on a $420 million green energy and recycling industrial park with a long-term goal to divert all the waste going to the Franklin County landfill.

Featured expert: Dennis Hall, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, which has consulted on the project

Ohio State drains Mirror Lake amid study on how to reduce costs

The Columbus Dispatch

December 3, 2013

Ohio State University has emptied Mirror Lake as it seeks ways to make the landmark less of a fiscal and environmental drain.

The university replenishes the lake at a rate of about 50,000 gallons per day — 18.25 million gallons per year — through a water system at nearby Pomerene Hall, a spokeswoman said.

First horizontal Utica shale permits granted

Morgan County Herald

November 27, 2013

Ohio’s Utica shale has created approximately 550 millionaires in Carroll County, according to OSU Extension Education Chris Penrose.

Farm-scale anaerbic digesters are what's needed next, OSU Dean says

Columbus Business First

November 26, 2013

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Bruce McPheron said some of the most-important research is on how to scale down the size of digesters to make them affordable for livestock farms of moderate size.

Cleveland Browns team up with Quasar Energy to turn stadium food waste into energy

Business First

November 25, 2013

The Cleveland Browns’ lopsided loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday wasn’t a total waste for the National Football League franchise.

… Quasar is a partner in the project with Dairy Management Inc., InSinkErator, Ohio State University and others.

Cleveland Browns and FirstEnergy Stadium to divert tons of food waste from landfills into sustainable energy

The Plain Dealer

November 21, 2013

Ohio State University plans to turn waste from the Cleveland Browns' stadium into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.That's right. The Cleveland Browns want to become a more sustainable organization. And Ohio State University, which knows a thing or two about sustainability and football, will lend a hand.

Featured expert: Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

An unconventional car: No engine, no transmission, no differential

Gizmodo UK

November 19, 2013

Featured expert: Junmin Wang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and founder of the Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory

Natural Ecosystem Unit Operations

AIChE On Location blog

November 13, 2013

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers features the work of Bhavik Bakshi, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, in a blog about how Techno-Ecological Synergy can mitigate undesirable outputs from manufacturing and processing operations.

OSU Groups' Message: Development And The Environment Can Co-Exist

The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian

November 8, 2013

Presenting his view of the contentious position -- either pro or con -- many people take when the oil and gas industry is in the conversation, Jeff Daniels, director of the Subsurface Energy Resource Center at Ohio State University, said the complexities of shale energy are high stakes, combined with national energy and environmental issues, which lead to social, economic and security responsibilities.

Butterfly Wings May Improve Airplane Wings

Inside Science

November 5, 2013

The lab-made texture based on the butterfly wings can reduce drag by up to 15 percent. This type of surface helps air or water flow easier, something that could help ships and planes move faster and more efficiently. 

Featured expert: Bharat Bhushan, professor of mechanical engineering