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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

ALSO: Mirror (UK): Scientists have issued a grave warning about the future of glaciers in Tibet

ALSO: Slate: So Here's Another Thing Global Warming Causes: Catastrophic Glacial Avalanches

ALSO: UPI: Study pins 2016 Tibetan avalanche on climate change


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

CBC

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


Runaway ice: Pine Island Glacier break reveals new mechanism for collapse

Salon

December 7, 2016

In August of 2015, a large iceberg broke off from the floating section of Antarctica’s massive. While such an event is part of the natural life cycle of glaciers, this one was precipitated by an unusual rift in the middle of the ice that could point to a new mechanism for the collapse of this and potentially other glaciers, accelerating their contributions to global sea rise.

Featured Expert: Ian Howat, associate professor of earth sciences

ALSO: EcoWatch: Stunning Photos Show Huge Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf


Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting From the Inside Out, Which Is Not a Good Thing

How Stuff Works

December 2, 2016

Because Antarctica is so vast and remote, and because the behavior of the ice sheet is so unpredictable and complex, Antarctica is tough to study. But researchers are pretty sure it's not normal when a 225-square-mile (583-square-kilometer) chunk of glacier breaks off into the ocean, which is exactly what happened in August of 2015. The resulting iceberg is about the same size as the Pacific island Guam, or the popular Spanish resort island Ibiza.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences


West Antarctica is in huge trouble

Washington Post

November 23, 2016

It has long been assumed that this destabilization of West Antarctica was caused by human-induced climate change. However, a new study published in the journal Nature Wednesday may have just made that story considerably more complicated.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, associate professor of earth sciences

ALSO: Scientific AmericanAntarctica Ice Shelf is Breaking from the Inside Out

ALSO: Daily Mail (UK): London and New York could be underwater in our lifetimes

ALSO: LiveScience: Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Collapse Within 100 Years, Study Finds

ALSO: Mashable: Rift in Pine Island Glacier points to a coming, broader collapse

ALSO: UPI: Study details breakup of West Antarctic Ice Sheet

ALSO: The Verge: This Antarctic glacier is cracking from the inside out — and that’s bad news for all of us

ALSO: MSN: Video shows the breakup of Pine Island Glacier

ALSO: Daily Kos: Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is breaking up from the inside out

ALSO: Treehugger: Key glacier in Antarctica is cracking from the inside out

ALSO: Christian Science Monitor: Warming seas are attacking the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from the inside out

ALSO: IFL Science: This ice shelf breaking from the inside out in West Antarctica is not good news


Ohio Wants To Create “Smart Corridor” On Route 33, Starting With Self-Driving Semi

Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

November 30, 2016

Route 33 could become a technology superhighway, if a project launched by the state goes as planned.

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced it’s working with Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, Honda and Union County to create a “smart corridor on Route 33 from Dublin west to East Liberty.

ALSO: Business First: Driverless 18-wheelers coming to Central Ohio – will impact major chunk of job market


Key West Antarctica Glacier Is Melting From Inside Out

Yahoo News

November 28, 2016

That Antarctica — a region that contains enough ice to raise sea levels across the globe by over 200 feet if it melts completely — is in trouble due to climate change is no longer news. However, exactly when global warming will push this fragile region beyond the point of no return is not entirely clear — although if the raft of studies whose results were published this year are anything to go by, it’s likely to happen sooner than later.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences


Three Ohio State professors work together to teach multidisciplinary climate change course

Columbus Dispatch

November 27, 2016

History professor Sam White didn’t kick off his first lecture on climate change by pulling up graphs of rapidly rising global temperatures or a diagram of greenhouse gases. Instead, he started with a passage from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The students in the lecture hall then scoured the text for allusions to a pale moon and contagious fogs, which indicate that 430 years ago, Europeans experienced the same upsetting of natural order facing our planet today. The Climate Change course — new to Ohio State University this semester — covers everything from tree rings and rising seas to endangered species and alternative energy. Like any introductory level class, students represent a number of academic departments. And as one of the university’s first multidisciplinary courses, so do its three professors.


Honda’s new CR-V is lighter, stronger version of popular model

Columbus Dispatch

November 23, 2016

The next-generation Honda CR-V, which has begun rolling off the line, is a curvier take on the nation's top-selling sport-utility vehicle.

But the most important changes may be beneath the surface, such as a frame that is lighter and stronger than before.

Featured expert: David Emerling, director of industry collaborations for the Center for Automotive Research


Trump presidency’s effect on environment may be profound

The Columbus Dispatch

November 21, 2016

In March, Donald Trump vowed only “little tidbits” of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would remain if he were elected.

That — combined with President-elect Trump’s appointment of an anti-regulation climate denier to oversee the EPA transition — has some worried that the federal agency created by President Richard Nixon in 1970 could be dismantled entirely.

“What’s more likely is just that the EPA can be hamstrung in several ways,” said Alexander Thompson, a professor of political science at Ohio State University. “Everything that’s a matter of regulation rather than law is going to be fair game.”

Featured expert: Alexander Thompson, professor of political science


Trump's pledges to reverse climate-change policies worry some

Canton Repository

November 19, 2016

When Donald Trump is inaugurated in January, he will become the only world leader to discredit the science of climate change. Trump " who has called climate change a Chinese hoax " will assume leadership of the world's second-leading greenhouse gas-emitter weeks after what probably will be the planet's hottest year on record, according to a report this week by the World Meteorological Organization. Recent progress on climate change has been vital, environmentalists say. Although some say that the work is fragile at best and could be undone by the Trump administration, others remain certain that the grass-roots nature of environmental work will protect it from any sweeping federal changes.

Featured experts: Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor in Ohio State University's School of Earth Sciences and a senior research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Alexander Thompson, professor of political science; and Jeffrey Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering


Northwestern and Ohio State are making more sustainable campuses. Here's how

BTN B1G

November 18, 2016

When it comes to more efficient uses of energy, the Big Ten is no stranger to sustainability efforts, big and small. Don't just take our word for it: the Environmental Protection Agency agrees.


Consumers would be hurt if electricity industry is regulated again, report says

The Columbus Dispatch

November 18, 2016

Ohio households and businesses have saved $15 billion since 2011 because of electricity deregulation, according to a new report from a group that opposes efforts to return to regulation.

Featured expert: Report co-author Ned Hill, professor of public affairs


Could bionic plants save us from climate change?

Christian Science Monitor

November 17, 2016

Researchers may have just designed a way to help plants suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere more quickly. 

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising, triggering global climate change, scientists agree. Researchers have been searching for ways to scrub some of this damaging gas from the atmosphere, and the answer may have been right in front of them.

Featured expert: F. Robert Tabita, professor of microbiology


The History of Recycling in America Is More Complicated Than You May Think

TIME

November 15, 2016

As environmentally conscious Americans mark America Recycles Day on Tuesday, many may assume that recycling is a product of the environmental movement of the 1970s, the decade that saw the first Earth Day and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

But, though that time was an important turning point in the history of the idea, recycling in America goes back much further than that. In fact, some experts suggest that it worked better before the 1970s than it does today.

Featured expert: Bartow J. Elmore, professor of history and author of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism


Meeting the team behind the electric land speed record-holder

Could 341mph be just the tip of the iceberg for Ohio State University’s land speed record-holding EV streamliner, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3?

Autocar

November 14, 2016

Formula Student racing cars (also known Formula SAE) have become a hugely popular way for students to hone their automotive engineering skills before graduating to work at car makers, race teams or other specialist companies.

Ohio State University (OSU) in the American Midwest is home to one such team. But OSU students have also built something much, much faster.

On September 19, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) set an electric vehicle world speed record of 341.4mph (subject to FIA ratification) on the Bonneville Salt Flat


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