Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

Read the full story at Phys.org. Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say. In a new study, researchers detected high concentrations of these drugs and their metabolized remnants in the brain tissue of 10 fish species found in the Niagara River. This vital …

Chemicals burning at Texas plant are unstable if not cooled

Read the full story from the Associated Press. The chemicals that exploded at a Texas plant are so unstable that they must be kept cool or they can ignite a runaway scenario. Experts say that’s what happened when the Arkema Inc. chemical plant lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in floods. Arkema executive Richard …

New Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half

Read the full story from DOE. New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas. This new finding is outlined in a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that examines the future of wind power plants—backed by …

The Waugh Bat Colony Didn’t Escape Harvey

Read the full story in Houstonia Magazine. If you’ve visited the Waugh Bat Colony, located under the Waugh Bridge along Buffalo Bayou, you know it to be ad hoc, smelly, and beautiful in an ugly sort of way. A metaphor for Houston, if you will. Unfortunately, the bats shared our fate during Harvey as Buffalo Bayou swelled to …

In the Market for a New Home? Buy a Zero Energy Ready Home

Read the full story from DOE. Zero energy homes are some of the most energy efficient homes on the planet – and those certified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program also improve its overall comfort, health, and durability. As more consumers learn about ZERH, they’ll begin to realize the major …