Ohio State Energy in the News
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: U.S. News & World Report: Study: Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought
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 Science: As its ice sheet melts, Greenland is rising faster than expected
ALSO: San Francisco Chronicle: Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought
ALSO: Grist: Song of Ice and Fire
ALSO: USA Today: Greenland's ice melting faster than we thought, study finds
ALSO: Associated Press via The Weather Channel: Greenland Loses 40 Trillion Pounds More Ice Each Year Than Previously Believed, Study Says
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
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 Mechanics: Electric Dragster Sets Land Speed Record at 341 Mph
ALSO: Business First: Morning Roundup: Buckeye Bullet sets landspeed 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Testing will be concentrated on stretches with 3 lanes each way
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.”
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
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.
Great Lakes ills reflect trend
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
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
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
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.
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