Stunning Laser Scans That Could Help Us Reuse Aging Buildings Better

Read the full story in Atlantic Cites. The earliest photographs of buildings took minutes to capture, and they show grainy scenes in long exposure of light as it reflected off walls and windows. In retrospect, those images have a mysterious quality that's strikingly similar to how architecture can be portrayed today with a 3D scanner.

Permeable pavements could cool cities and help prevent flooding

Read the full story at EnvironmentalResearchWeb. The dark surfaces of city roads can reach high temperatures in summer. What's more, run-off from hard urban streets can lead to flash flooding in heavy rain. Now a team from the US has trialled materials for pavements that are both more reflective and more permeable, enabling rainwater to …

Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution

Read the full story on EnvironmentalResearchWeb. Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality. So reports a new Ecological Applications paper, which highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts.

Reducing Environmental Impact Of Organic Synthesis

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News. When Bruce H. Lipshutz said he had a goal to help the synthetic organic chemistry community get organic solvents out of organic reactions, he wasn’t kidding. The University of California, Santa Barbara, chemistry professor had been quizzing process chemists in industry about the most common reactions …

National Library of Energy beta: A New Search Engine Facilitating Access to DOE Info

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched the National Library of Energy (NLE), a virtual library and open government resource to advance energy literacy, innovation and security. The NLE search feature provides one-stop, easy access to information about DOE and its work in four broad mission areas - …

IL Wind for Schools Selects Six Districts for 2013-14 Partners

The Illinois Wind for Schools (ILWFS) program has selected the schools that will participate during the 2013-2014 school year. ILFWS is made possible through Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grant funding and is sponsored through a partnership with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University, the WIU College …