New ‘Transient Electronics’ Disappear When No Longer Needed

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society. Scientists today described key advances toward practical uses of a new genre of tiny, biocompatible electronic devices that could be implanted into the body to relieve pain or battle infection for a specific period of time, and then dissolve harmlessly. These “transient electronics,” described here at …

Polluting Plastic Particles Invade the Great Lakes

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society. Floating plastic debris — which helps populate the infamous “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the Pacific Ocean — has become a problem in the Great Lakes, the largest body of fresh water in the world. Scientists reported on the latest findings from the Great Lakes here …

Understanding Climate Science: A Scientist’s Responsibility to Communicate with the Public

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society. With global climate change and the prospect of another record-hot summer on the minds of millions of people, experts have gathered here today to encourage scientists to take a more active role in communicating the topic to the public, policy makers and others. The symposium, “Understanding …

Better Monitoring and Diagnostics Tackle Algae Biofuel Pond Crash Problem

Read the full story from Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is developing a suite of complementary technologies to help the emerging algae industry detect and quickly recover from algal pond crashes, an obstacle to large-scale algae cultivation for future biofuels. The research, which focuses on monitoring and diagnosing algal pond health, draws upon Sandia’s …

Green Infrastructure Aims to Reshape Philadelphia

Read the full story from Sustainable Communities E-News. In 2012, the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania adopted a landmark program that could change the direction of infrastructure investments made in CSO-affected communities across the country. Informed by years of watershed-based planning, the Philadelphia Water Department’s (PWD’s) Green City, Clean Waters program deploys green infrastructure strategies as …

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Available

ENERGY STAR products meet strict guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Saving energy helps prevent climate change, but it will also help you save money, especially around tax time. Upgrade your equipment to ENERGY STAR models anytime this year and get …

Digging into Sustainability: A campus series brings fresh perspective to a pressing issue

Read the full story in UIUC's LAS News. Sustainability has become a catch phrase in discussions over how to preserve the environment. But what does the concept really mean? Answering that question is one of the purposes of an ongoing series at Illinois that organizers hope will inspire fresh ideas on the issue. This is …