Ohio State Energy in the News

Greenland may be losing ice even faster than we thought

Washington Post

September 21, 2016

Rapidly melting Greenland may be shedding its ice even faster than anyone suspected, new research suggests. A study just out in the journal Science Advances finds that previous studies may have underestimated the current rate of mass loss on the Greenland ice sheet by about 20 billion tons per year.  

Featured expert: Michael Bevis, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Geodynamics and professor of earth sciences

ALSO: MSN: Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

ALSO: U.S. News & World Report: Study: Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

ALSO: Toronto StarGreenland is losing 18 trillion kilograms more ice a year than scientists thought

ALSO: CBCGreenland ice sheet melting 7% faster than believed, says new GPS study

ALSO: ABC News: Greenland Ice Loss 40 Trillion Pounds Bigger Than Thought

ALSO: The Guardian (UK)Greenland's huge annual ice loss is even worse than thought

ALSO: Popular ScienceAs its ice sheet melts, Greenland is rising faster than expected

ALSO: San Francisco ChronicleGreenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

ALSO: GristSong of Ice and Fire

ALSO: USA TodayGreenland's ice melting faster than we thought, study finds

ALSO: Associated Press via The Weather ChannelGreenland Loses 40 Trillion Pounds More Ice Each Year Than Previously Believed, Study Says

ALSO: Daily Mail: Greenland's ice is melting 7% faster than previously thought, shedding 40 TRILLION pounds more each year, study finds

ALSO: New York Post: Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than scientists thought

ALSO: Minneapolis Star Tribune: Science Briefs: Telescope Sees Plumes of Water Erupting from Europa

ALSO: Aussie News Network: Greenland Ice Melting Over 7% Faster Than Thought

Featured expert: Michael Bevis, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Geodynamics, professor of earth sciences

341 MPH Buckeye Bullet breaks its own electric-car speed record

The Columbus Dispatch

September 22, 2016

A sunny day in Utah, a dry salt track and the persistence of Ohio State University's ace team of student and graduate automotive electrical engineers combined to give the team its latest land-speed record for an electric vehicle. Racing across the Bonneville Salt Flats on Monday, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 hit an average speed of 341.4 mph, blowing past the previous record (its own) of 307.6 mph.

The new record was three years in coming. Crummy weather during the three previous years' trials have kept speeds down.

ALSO: Popular MechanicsElectric Dragster Sets Land Speed Record at 341 Mph

ALSO: Business FirstMorning Roundup: Buckeye Bullet sets landspeed record

ALSO: CNNVenturi's 'bullet car' smashes electric land-speed record

ALSO: Ars Technica: Venturi and The Ohio State University set new electric land speed record

ALSO: New Atlas: Venturi resets electric vehicle world speed record at 341 mph

ALSO: TopSpeed: Venturi VBB-3 Becomes The World's Fastest Electric Car

ALSO: CBS Evening News: New land-speed record for electric car

ALSO: Fox Sports: Venturi resets electric vehicle land-speed record at 341 mph

Drones joining Lake Erie algae research

Toledo Blade

September 10, 2016

Western Lake Erie may soon have its first drone patrolling algae from the sky, signaling a new era of NASA aerial surveillance for one of the world’s largest sources of fresh surface water. 

Wu Lu, an Ohio State University electrical and computer engineering professor, told 20 journalists attending an annual science writers’ workshop on OSU’s Gibraltar Island recently that he is close to developing an affordable, desktop device for water-treatment plant operators that he believes will be able to detect microcystin levels in real time.

Featured expert: Wu Lu, professor of electrical and computer engineering

EE Times Silicon 60: 2016's Emerging Companies to Watch

EE Times

Sept. 19, 2016

Ohio State startup Nikola Labs, which uses an energy harvesting system to return power to electronic devices, was named to the EE Times' Emerging Companies to Watch list.

The Era of Man: Scientists Discover New Bacteria Living Inside Fracking Wells


September 7, 2016

Ohio State University researchers may have just discovered a new organism that thrives in collected water fluids in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) wells.

Scientists may have found another “golden spike” which may signify the dawn of the human age of influence on the environment. Human activity may actually be creating new forms of life.

Featured expert: Kelly Wrighton, professor of microbiology and biophysics, and Rebecca Daly, research associated in microbiology

Prince Albert Tells Climate Deniers To 'Open Their Eyes'


September 1, 2016

The Prince of Monacco, Prince Albert the second, was on campus today at The Ohio State University to talk sustainability, the environment and climate change.

Prince Albert’s Gas company, Venturi, has a partnership with the Buckeye Bullet, a series of high performance electric vehicle that have topped 300 miles per hour.

Prince of Monaco visits OSU

The Lantern

September 1, 2016

Counting graduate and professional students, Ohio State has almost twice as many students as Monaco has citizens. But Prince Albert II didn’t seem phased.

Prince Albert II of Monaco visited OSU on Wednesday, where he addressed students on global climate practices and responsibilities. He also spoke on how those practices and responsibilities relate to the university’s efforts toward achieving its sustainability goals and maintaining a more environmentally conscious campus.

Prince gives lecture at Ohio State

Monaco Life

August 31, 2016

Prince Albert visited Ohio State University to learn more about the university’s research and educational programming on sustainability issues and to give a lecture on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water.

Monaco’s Prince Albert II to visit Ohio State University

Associated Press

August 30, 2016

Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit Ohio State University to learn more about the university’s research and educational programming on sustainability issues.

The university says the ruler of Monaco will be on campus Wednesday. He is scheduled to give a lecture focusing on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water.

Ohio State president says school's energy infrastructure 'just not in the 21st century'

Business First

August 25, 2016

Ohio State University is in the final stage of determining which outside group it will select to manage its vast energy resources, reviewing bids from six groups that would need board of trustees approval.

No school close to the size of Ohio State has leased such a large asset, nor had a public university done something like the 50-year, $483 million deal that farmed out parking operations and management to CampusParc.

Minute of Charging

Electronics 360

August 25, 2016

Most electric cars get less than half a mile per minute of charge. But engineers at Ohio State University are out to improve that by designing a “smart” membrane they hope will enable development of a new category of fast-charging and powerful batteries that will allow automobiles to travel farther on a single charge.

Featured expert: Vishnu-Baba Sundaresan, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. 

ALSO: Zigwheels: Smarter Batteries For Electric Vehicles On The Horizon

ALSO: Times of India: This 'smart' membrane may boost electric car batteries

ALSO: The Engineer: Membrane technology prevents battery drain


Big Ten Network

August 23, 2016

Ohio State's auto safety research facility is the only one of its kind in the world (as of 2013). It has a crane that can lift and rotate the car that a test subject is working on or repairing. Ohio State is testing how tilting a vehicle can affect how an auto employee works on a vehicle and how their stance and posture can affect their long term health.

Self-driving cars hit Ohio Turnpike within a year

Testing will be concentrated on stretches with 3 lanes each way

Toledo Blade

August 20, 2016

…Along with the turnpike commission, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Public Safety, and Ohio State University are leading the local research effort, Mr. Cole said. The research, in turn, is being coordinated with parallel efforts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, he said, “and we need to get Indiana on board too.”

What we can learn from watching video of coral lose its color

Christian Science Monitor

August 19, 2016

Scientists have long warned of coral bleaching events, but few knew the phenomenon could be so violent.

Last week, researchers from the Queensland University of Technology described the first-ever video of coral bleaching in the journal Coral Reefs. They found that under simulated warming conditions, solitary mushroom coral called Heliofungia actiniformis will swell and squeeze, dramatically expelling their algal tenants. 

Featured expert: Andrea Grottoli, professor of earth sciences

Trucking in central Ohio also to benefit in Smart Cities program

The Columbus Dispatch

August 18, 2016

Much of the focus of the federal Smart City grant money recently awarded to Columbus has been on alternative transportation development for humans. But the logistics business, which involves moving goods rather than people, also stands to reap benefits.

…The partially automated trucks will be tested on a track at Ohio State University before moving to the road test along Alum Creek Drive.

Climate change warning signs getting stronger

Great Lakes ills reflect trend

Toledo Blade

August 8, 2016

Climate change is becoming more pronounced across our planet, with effects in the Great Lakes region including anything from more toxic algae to faster evaporation of Great Lakes water.

Other documented Great Lakes impacts include higher shipping costs, more pollen, more Lyme disease, and changes in wintering habits of some birds that have been migrating across this part of North America for thousands of years.

Featured expert: Stu Ludsin, an Ohio State University associate ecology professor and co-director of OSU’s Aquatic Ecology Lab

Could No-Till Farming Reverse Climate Change?

Tilling farmland increases carbon dioxide emissions, but not tilling may not work for every farm.

U.S. News & World Report

August 5, 2016

If you ask Randall Reeder what he thinks about no-till farming, he says it's simple.

"If all the land farmed around the world was in no-till, we could probably reverse climate change," the retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer explains.

Well, maybe not that simple. Timothy Crews, a researcher at the Salina, Kansas Land Institute, says without accurate tests of carbon deposits deep below the soil's surface, it's hard to say with any certainty.

Featured expert: Randall Reeder, retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer

How to shake off the 'Rust Belt' label for good

Crain’s Chicago Business

August 2, 2016

When McDonald's announced in June that it would move its headquarters from suburban Oak Brook to Chicago's trendy West Town neighborhood, most folks in Chicagoland celebrated the news as further confirmation of the Windy City's economic dominance.

Outside the Loop, however, another story is being written. It's a tale of two Midwests.

Featured expert: Ned Hill, professor of public affairs

Urban Meyer rides with IndyCar's Conor Daly at Honda STEAM event

Mansfield News Journal

July 29, 2016

Headed into his fifth year as coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, Urban Meyer has made plenty of trips around the university's campus. But on Thursday he did it in style. Meyer was the special guest of the Honda STEAM Connections Tour event and was driven from the OSU Athletic Administration office to the Longaberger Alumni House in a special street-legal two-seat Indy car, driven by IndyCar racer Conor Daly. Meyer's entrance was only the start of the STEAM event, which presented a variety of cars built by the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research all while explaining the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) behind building them.

Scientists grow dandelions to make rubber


July 28, 2016

Scientists have developed a dandelion strain with natural rubber in its roots. The summer weed that invades suburban lawns could be the next rubber tree.

Researchers are working to improve the weed so that it can be produced fast and efficiently enough to be a sustainable source of rubber.

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

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