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Control of mechanical quantum resonators reaches new levels of precision

Physics World

New levels of precision control over the quantized energy levels of mechanical resonators have been achieved by teams in the US and Switzerland, who independently measured the number of phonons in a cavity without disturbing it.

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FedEx Is Delivering Environmental Performance

Environment + Energy Leader

FedEx aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 — something that requires an investment of $2 billion into everything from electric vehicles to energy-efficient buildings to deploying onsite green energy. . The post FedEx Is Delivering Environmental Performance appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Nobel-prize-winning nuclear physicist Ben Roy Mottelson dies aged 95

Physics World

The American-Danish physicist and Nobel laureate Ben Roy Mottelson died on 13 May at the age of 95. Mottelson made critical contributions to determining and understanding that certain nuclei could have asymmetrical shapes. The work earned him a share of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1975.

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More Heat, More Drought: New Analyses Offer Grim Outlook for the U.S. West.

Yale E360

The ongoing drought in the U.S. West is expected to persist through this summer, raising the risk of water shortages and wildfires.

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Chart of the WeekSocial Unrest is Rising, Adding to Risks for Global Economy

IMFBlog

By Philip Barrett. After a pause in popular protest during the first year of the pandemic, people are returning to the streets. This year, large and long-running anti-government demonstrations have occurred in some advanced economies where unrest is relatively rare, such as Canada and New Zealand.

FedEx Is Delivering Environmental Performance

Environmental Leader

FedEx aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 — something that requires an investment of $2 billion into everything from electric vehicles to energy-efficient buildings to deploying onsite green energy. . The post FedEx Is Delivering Environmental Performance appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Nanoscale Möbius strips made from carbon, quantum tipple supports STEM outreach

Physics World

In 2017, Kenichiro Itami and colleagues made the first carbon nanobelts, which can be as little as three atoms thick. Based at Nagoya University in Japan, Itami’s team has managed to tweak the topology of their nanobelts to create Möbius carbon nanobelts (see figure).

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Earth911 Podcast: Frank Dalene on Decarbonizing the World With ICEMAN

Earth 911

Markets are characterized by competition over exclusive control of resources, but as our guest today, The post Earth911 Podcast: Frank Dalene on Decarbonizing the World With ICEMAN appeared first on Earth911.

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First monkeypox genome from latest outbreak shows links to 2018 strain

New Scientist

The draft sequence of the virus responsible for the rapidly growing monkeypox outbreak shows it is most closely related to strains detected in the UK, Singapore and Israel in 2018 and 2019

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Ag and Food Law Daily Update: May 20, 2022

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE. . The post Ag and Food Law Daily Update: May 20, 2022 appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Bolivia has high solar power potential but faces challenges scaling up

A Greener Life

Clear skies over the Oruro department in Bolivia. The Altiplano plateau in western Bolivia has some of the world’s highest and most consistent levels of solar radiation, creating a high potential for solar photovoltaic power in the region, but structural challenges may prevent scaling.

Introducing the Global Ghost Gear Initiative Small Grants Recipients of 2022

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative® (GGGI) engages with international leadership as well as grassroots projects around the world to combat ghost gear—abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG).

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Emergency in Ontario – First We March, Then We Vote

Enviromental Defense

This past Saturday, I attended the Emergency in Ontario rally with my daughter.

Pollution and health: a progress update

Environmental News Bits

Fuller, R., et al (2022). “Pollution and health: a progress update.”

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Geometric distortion characterization using QUASAR™ MRID3D in radiation oncology: 1.5T MRI and 0.35T MR-LINAC

Physics World

Want to take part in this webinar? Join the audience. MR-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT) has been running routine clinical practice. However, MRgRT requires robust imaging spatial integrity to achieve accurate dose calculations and high-quality plan delivery.

What is Monkeypox, the Virus Infecting People in the U.S. and Europe?

Scientific American

A microbiologist explains what is known about this smallpox cousin. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Biology Health Epidemiology

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China Initiative continues to prosecute scientists with links to China

Physics World

A federal jury in Illinois has found Mingqing Xiao , a mathematician at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, guilty of failing to report a Chinese bank account to tax authorities. Xiao’s sentencing on the tax charges is set for 11 August but his lawyers say they will appeal.

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Operation PhotoTrogon Stop #3 – Paton Center for Hummingbirds

Reflections of the Natural World

By Jim Gain OPERATION PHOTOTROGON This blog series chronicles the adventures that Rich Brown and I experienced on our quest to find and photograph the amazing birds of Southeast Arizona in May of 2022.

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A birder is back in the public eye, now on his own terms

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the New York Times. Christian Cooper’s encounter in Central Park with a white woman who called 911 to falsely accuse him of threatening her spurred a national outcry. Now he is hosting a birding series for National Geographic. Communicating science Diversity, equity, and inclusion

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The U.S. Needs Its Local Public Health Officials Back, Stat

Scientific American

COVID misinformation has led to many top scientists leaving their public positions, putting health policy in the hands of people with limited expertise. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Public Health

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Can fashion designers really learn to be sustainable?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The Cut. Most traditional fashion programs now offer sustainability courses but approach the subject inside silos — students take biology and broad offerings on “ecology and environmental problems” — while issues of neocolonialism and human rights go unexplored. Fashion & beauty products Fast fashion Sustainable design

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New Report Shows Fishery Management Floundering

Ocean Conservancy

Imagine this future: You go to the market to buy fish for dinner. What used to be a plentiful supply of fish stacked on top of each other at the fish counter is now sparsely dispersed across beds of ice.

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Just Salad’s sustainability report highlights waste-free dining movement

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste360. New York-based Just Salad, known for its fast-casual restaurant concept that utilizes reusable containers, has just released its 2021 Sustainability Report. In an introductory letter, Nick Kenner, founder and CEO, and Sandra Noonan, chief sustainability officer, placed emphasis on the company’s commitment to “everyday health and sustainability.” ” Food service and restaurants Packaging Publications Sustainability reporting Zero waste

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Prehistoric Planet review: David Attenborough’s dinosaur magic

New Scientist

David Attenborough and Hollywood talent combine in Prehistoric Planet documentary to conjure up dinosaurs as never before

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10 pollution prevention methods to implement on the job site

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Builder Online. When determining how to cut pollution, especially on the jobsite, consider the following 10 prevention methods to take the next step to protecting the planet. Construction industry Pollution prevention

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Bioactive materials and regenerative repair

Physics World

Want to take part in this webinar? Join the audience. Biomedical Materials (BMM) will host a webinar focusing on bioactive materials and regenerative repair. Rongrong Zhu, board member of BMM will be the chair for the webinar. Along with two others speakers, Prof.

Earth Day groundbreaking for world’s largest wildlife crossing

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Construction Dive. Endangered big cats and other animals will soon get a way to safely traverse a 10-lane Los Angeles-area highway. A new wildlife crossing broke ground on Earth Day, April 22, according to the National Wildlife Federation, and will be the largest of its kind in the world. The Wallis Annenberg … Continue reading Earth Day groundbreaking for world’s largest wildlife crossing. Wildlife

Physicists Find a Shortcut to Seeing an Elusive Quantum Glow

Scientific American

Once considered practically unseeable, a phenomenon called the Unruh effect might soon be revealed in laboratory experiments. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Quantum Physics

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Why your DE&I efforts should include size representation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at PR Daily. In recent years, DE&I strategies have seen increased investments, especially as younger workers seek companies whose public values mirror their own. Yet body size is seldom included within the framework of traditional DE&I messaging. Diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Kyoto's cherry blossoms are blooming earlier because of climate change

New Scientist

The Japanese city is famous for its cherry blossoms, which traditionally mark the start of spring, but rising temperatures are seeing them bloom early

New funding effort will deploy a corps of scientist ‘scouts’ to spot innovative ideas

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in Science. Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineer Kristala Prather is relishing the chance to present her work in person at scientific meetings now that the pandemic has eased. But starting this month, she will head to the airport with an added goal in mind: to serve as a “scout” for … Continue reading New funding effort will deploy a corps of scientist ‘scouts’ to spot innovative ideas. Funding Innovation Research

Ontario Election 2022 Issue Guide: What will Ontario’s Provincial Political Parties Do to Cancel the Big Sprawl?

Enviromental Defense

As we told you last month, Ontario’s government is poised to lock in 30 years of highway-and-sprawl-driven land use.

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Trash or recycling? Why plastic keeps us guessing.

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the New York Times. Did you know the ? symbol doesn’t mean something is actually recyclable? Play our trashy garbage-sorting game. Then, read on about how we got here, and what can be done. Communicating science Green lifestyle Recycling

Climate change means people are losing 44 hours of sleep per year

New Scientist

Analysis of data from sleep-tracking wristbands in 68 countries reveals that unusually hot nights are causing people fall asleep later, rise earlier and sleep less

You told us you want safer products. Here’s what we’re doing about it.

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the Washington State Department of Health. Safer Products for Washington uses your feedback to help get harmful chemicals out of the stuff we all buy. Environmental health Green products Regulation

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New purification facility will take water from toilet to tap

Inhabitant

Most people don’t like to think about flushing the toilet and having that same water come out of the tap. But as the California megadrought grinds on, Governor Gavin Newsom has become very enthusiastic about a new plan to render sewage water drinkable

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Mitigating the impacts from stormwater runoff in solar construction

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Solar Builder. The scale of solar deployment required to meet the various state and federal goals for decarbonizing our economy will require that additional open, cleared land be leveraged to support this buildout. As such, it’s critically important that as our industry scales up, environmental impacts such as stormwater runoff … Continue reading Mitigating the impacts from stormwater runoff in solar construction. Construction industry Solar Stormwater management

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