Category: Articles

A New Leaf: Scientists turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Fuel

As scientists and policymakers around the world try to combat the increasing rate of climate change, they have focused on the chief culprit: carbon dioxide. Produced by the burning of fossil fuels in power plants and car engines, carbon dioxide continues to accumulate in the atmosphere, warming the planet. But trees and other plants do […]

Wednesday September 28th, 2016 in Articles, Research | Comments Off on A New Leaf: Scientists turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Fuel

Wind Power Fiercer than Expected

University of Delaware researchers report in a new study that offshore wind may be more powerful, yet more turbulent than expected in the North Eastern United States. The findings, published in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, could have important implications for the future development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., including the […]

Monday September 26th, 2016 in Articles, News, Research, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Power Fiercer than Expected

Low-Cost Solar Device Converts Sunlight to Steam in Dusty Environment

A team of researchers from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a novel, low-cost solar thermal energy conversion system that can easily generate steam from sunlight. The solar conversion system can help make technologies that rely on steam, like seawater desalination, wastewater treatment, residential water […]

Thursday September 22nd, 2016 in Articles, Massachusetts, News, Research | Comments Off on Low-Cost Solar Device Converts Sunlight to Steam in Dusty Environment

Where are Golden Eagles the most Abundant?

Golden eagles may be more abundant in elevated, undeveloped landscapes with high wind speeds, according to a study published August 24, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ryan Nielson from Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., USA, and colleagues. Better understanding of golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) abundance and distribution across the developing western United States is needed […]

Tuesday September 20th, 2016 in Alps Eagles, Articles, Birds, Canada, Captain Eagle, Eagles, Research | Comments Off on Where are Golden Eagles the most Abundant?

Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Snowy Owls capture the imagination, but ornithologists know surprisingly little about how these birds of the far north fare during the harsh winters they endure. The researchers behind a new study inThe Auk: Ornithological Advances trapped and tracked Snowy Owls wintering in Canada and found that while age and sex affect the birds’ condition, most do […]

Friday September 16th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, Dr. Hoots, News, Owls, Research | Comments Off on Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Devotion to Rearing Chicks can Come at a Cost for Migratory Birds

Birds that have to work harder during breeding season will feel the effects of their exertions the following year, according to research by Oxford University scientists. A new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology found that migratory seabirds suffered negative repercussions when they had to spend more time rearing chicks, including decreased breeding success when […]

Wednesday September 14th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, Europe, Research | Comments Off on Devotion to Rearing Chicks can Come at a Cost for Migratory Birds

Migrating birds speed up in spring

It turns out being the early bird really does have its advantages. A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances shows that migrating birds fly faster and put more effort into staying on course in spring than in fall, racing to arrive to their breeding grounds as soon as possible to get an edge in raising the […]

Monday September 12th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, Research | Comments Off on Migrating birds speed up in spring

Hummingbird Vision Wired to Avoid High-Speed Collisions

Hummingbirds are among nature’s most agile fliers. They can travel faster than 50 kilometres per hour and stop on a dime to navigate through dense vegetation. Now researchers have discovered that the tiny birds process visual information differently from other animals, perhaps to handle the demands of their extreme aerial acrobatics. “Birds fly faster than […]

Thursday September 8th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, Research | Comments Off on Hummingbird Vision Wired to Avoid High-Speed Collisions