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Atoms at temperatures beyond absolute zero may be a new form of matter

New Scientist

Physicists have coaxed a cloud of atoms into having a temperature beyond absolute zero and placed them in a geometric structure that could produce an unknown form of matter

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Book review: Cultivated Meat to Secure Our Future

A Greener Life

By Jeremy Williams It’s a tricky time to be writing about food sustainability. The issue seems to be strangely divisive at the moment. On one side are those who see our future needs being met through small-scale organic farming. On the other are those who see no way to produce enough for all the world’s population that way, and are open to more technological solutions.

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Male lemurs grow bigger testicles when there are other males around

New Scientist

Dominant male Verreaux’s sifakas always have the largest testicles in their group to make the most sperm, and they can grow their gonads to make sure of it

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 8

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the June 8 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- Sun Pipeline LP - Elverson Value Station: DEP received an Notice of Intent to remediate soil and groundwater contaminated with unleaded gasoline to meet the Statewide Health Standards and the Site-Specific Standards at a site located in Elverson Borough, Chester County. ( PA Bulletin, pa

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Physicists want to drill a 5-kilometre-deep hole on the moon

New Scientist

Going deep into lunar rock could give us an opportunity to see if protons can decay into something else – a finding that could help us unify conflicting physics theories

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DEP Oil & Gas Advisory Board Meets June 13 On Migration Of Waste From Injection Wells; E&S Permitting; Federal Plugging Programs; Updated Conventional Waste Regs; Financial Assurance To Prevent Well Abandonment

PA Environment Daily

On the agenda for DEP’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board June 13 meeting is a discussion of a variety of topics, including-- -- Potential For Wastewater Migration From Underground Injection Disposal Wells -- Financial Assurance Strategies To Address Future Well Abandonment -- Orphan & Abandoned Well Topics-- -- Implications Of Changing Definitions For Abandoned, Orphan Wells [ Read more here.] -- Rate Of Well Abandonment vs.

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Jodhpur, India Unveils A Net-Zero Public Cooling Station

NRDC

As India grapples with intense heat, its cities are advancing cooling solutions to help keep people safe.

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What is a heat dome and are they getting worse with climate change?

New Scientist

Mexico and the southern US have seen extreme temperatures due to a heat dome, a weather phenomenon that will become more intense with climate change

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Why More Space Launches Could Be a Good Thing for the Climate

Scientific American

A space technology company CEO explains how growing competition in the commercial space industry may help boost climate science

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Tiny great ape fossils identified as new species from Europe

New Scientist

A kneecap and two teeth found in Germany have been identified as belonging to a new species of ape from 11.

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Implementing D.E.J.I. Strategies in Energy, Environment, and Transportation

Speaker: Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (DEJI) policies, programs, and initiatives are critically important as we move forward with public and private sector climate and sustainability goals and plans. Underserved and socially, economically, and racially disadvantaged communities bear the burden of pollution, higher energy costs, limited resources, and limited investments in the clean energy and transportation sectors.

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Better Path Coalition: DEP Removes Co-Product Category From Conventional Oil & Gas Waste Reporting Database; Well Owners Continue To Fail To Report How They Dispose Of Their Waste

PA Environment Daily

On June 7, the Better Path Coalition reported the Department of Environmental Protection has removed the co-product category from its waste disposal reporting database for conventional oil and gas well owners, according to documents the Coalition received in response to a Right-To-Know request. The co-product category was questioned by the Coalition because DEP has not approved any request from conventional oil and gas well owners to use the industry's wastewater under the co-product provisions

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Writers accept lower pay when they use AI to help with their work

New Scientist

When writers are allowed to get help from ChatGPT, they accept lower pay, fuelling fears that AI will lower the value of skilled workers

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Allegheny County Conservation District Receives $30,000 DEP Environmental Education Grant

PA Environment Daily

On June 7, the Allegheny County Conservation District announced it was awarded a $30,000 DEP Environmental Education Grant for the Development Patterns and Municipal Engagement for Optimal Natural Resource Outcomes. As part of the grant, the District will host workshops for municipalities and citizens to promote sustainability as a framework for building climate resilient, vibrant communities and promote resident health.

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How to wrap your mind around the real multiverse

New Scientist

Fictional portrayals of parallel universes are fun to explore, but the scientific view of the multiverse looks very different

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

As households and communities across the nation face challenges such as hurricanes, wildfires, drought, extreme heat and cold, and thawing permafrost and flooding, we are increasingly searching for ways to mitigate and prevent climate impacts. During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including: The two paths for climate action: decarbonization and adaptation.

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DEP Posted 85 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In June 8 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the June 8 PA Bulletin -- -- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 8 [PaEN] -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 8 PA Bulletin that Cocopar is prohibited from selling its products in Pennsylvania as a result of its violation of the state electronics waste recycling law. ( PA Bulletin, page 3258 ) Read more here. -- The Department of Conservation & Natu

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More than a Sink: The ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change and State Responsibility

Law Columbia

Creator: George Stoyle The oceans absorb large quantities of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activities. This “sink” function is so significant that, until 1957, one objection to a causal link between anthropogenic emissions and global warming was that the oceans would absorb most of the excess CO2, thus breaking this link. That year, oceanographer Roger Revelle and chemist Hans Suess refuted this objection , demonstrating that the oceans’ absorptive capacity had limits and emissions would

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Choose Clean Water Coalition June 17 Webinar On Federal Funding Opportunities For Coal To Solar Energy Projects

PA Environment Daily

The Choose Clean Water Coalition Energy Work Group will hold an online Coal To Solar presentation and discussion on June 17 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. The US Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will provide information on federal funding opportunities for clean energy demonstration projects on coal mined lands in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Some People with Insomnia Think They’re Awake When They’re Asleep

Scientific American

You say you haven’t slept all night. Brain scans say you have. New science says both inferences may be right.

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Sustainability at Retail

Sustainability impacts every nation, company, and person around the world. So much so that, in 2015, the United Nations (UN) issued a call for action by all countries to work toward sustainable development. In response to this and as part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address these critical issues in this white paper.

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Would an AI judge be able to efficiently dispense justice?

New Scientist

Judges are only human and can make mistakes, so could an artificial intelligence make better and more efficient decisions?

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Women Are More Likely to Get Drug-Resistant Infections

Scientific American

More countries must recognize how gender affects exposure to pathogens, finds a review by the World Health Organization

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Awareness and Education: Bay-to-Sea Poster Competition

Ocean Conservancy

This blog was co-written by Vincent Leggett, the Admiral of the Chesapeake and founder and president of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, and Deedee Strum, the chief administrative officer of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy. The Chesapeake Bay is a thriving region of diverse ecosystems and communities.

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Banning Fossil Fuel Ads Would Be Legally Difficult in the U.S.

Scientific American

This week U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for bans on fossil fuel ads, but legal challenges would make nationwide restrictions difficult to implement in the U.S.

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July 10 Public Hearing Set By DEP On Air Quality Permit For Hazleton Generation Power Plant In Luzerne County

PA Environment Daily

T he Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 8 PA Bulletin inviting comments at a July 10 hearing on the Title V RACT 3 Air Quality Permit for the Hazleton Generation Power Plant in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3214 ) The facility is a natural gas, fuel oil power plant. The hearing will be held at DEP’s Northeast Regional Office, 2 Public Square in Wilkes-Barre starting at 10:00 a.m.

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Prime Number Puzzle Has Stumped Mathematicians for More Than a Century

Scientific American

Experts have only started to crack the tricky twin prime conjecture

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DEP To Hold July 10 Hearing On Air Quality Permit For Omnova Solutions Plant In Schuylkill County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 8 PA Bulletin inviting comments at a July 10 hearing on the Title V RACT 3 Air Quality Permit for the Omnova Solutions, Inc. Auburn Plant in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3214 ) The hearing will be held July 10 at DEP’s Northeast Regional Office, 2 Public Square in Wilkes-Barre starting at 10:00 a.m.

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How Astronomy Helped Create Your Smartphone’s Camera

Scientific American

The next time you snap a selfie, consider thanking an astronomer for your phone’s camera

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DEP Sets July 10 Hearing On Portland Power Plant Air Quality Permit In Northampton County

PA Environment Daily

T he Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 8 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a Title V RACT 3 Air Quality Permit for the Portland Power, LLC Power Plant at a public hearing set for July 10 for the facility located in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3213 ) The facility is a natural gas or fuel oil fired power plant.

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Neuralink’s First User Describes Life with Elon Musk’s Brain Chip

Scientific American

Thirty-year-old Noland Arbaugh says the Neuralink chip has let him “reconnect with the world”

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North Branch Land Trust: Hike & Photograph Luzerne County’s Acidic Ridgetop Barrens June 15

PA Environment Daily

Nature Photography Day is June 15. Celebrate with North Branch Land Trust on the Butler Preserve Barrens Trail in Hazle Township for a Guided Photography Hike. Barren might not mean what you think it does—at least in Northeastern Pennsylvania. “That’s a LOT of color” is always a first thought visiting the barrens portion of North Branch Land Trust’s Butler Preserve in Hazle Township.

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Do Plants 'Think'? Our Understanding of Consciousness May Be Too Limited to Know

Scientific American

Zoë Schlanger’s new book The Light Eaters explores the surprising science of plant intelligence.

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Climbers have turned Mount Everest into a high-altitude garbage dump, but sustainable solutions are within reach

Environmental News Bits

by Suzanne OConnell, Wesleyan University and Alton C. Byers, University of Colorado Boulder Spring is go time for climbers who hope to summit Mount Everest, Earth’s highest peak above sea level. Hundreds of mountaineers from around the world travel to Asia in April and May, headed for base camps in Nepal and Tibet.

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EPA Engaging in “Administrative Deliberations” Regarding TSCA Section 5 Order Challenged by Cherokee Concerned Citizens

Nanotech

Cherokee Concerned Citizens watchers will be interested to know that on June 6, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed an unopposed motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to extend the deadlines in Cherokee Concerned Citizens v. EPA, (No. 23-1096). As reported in our April 17, 2023, blog item, Cherokee Concerned Citizens filed suit in April 2023 seeking review of an Order for a New Chemical Substance The post EPA Engaging in “Administrative D

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A novel magnetic graphene-loaded biochar gel for the remediation of arsenic- and antimony-contaminated mining soil

Environmental News Bits

Gao, Y., Li, J., Li, C., Chen, H., Fang, Z., Adusei-Fosu, K., Wang, Y., Trakal, L., & Wang, H. (2024). A novel magnetic graphene-loaded biochar gel for the remediation of arsenic- and antimony-contaminated mining soil. Science of The Total Environment, 927, 172149.

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