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Argonne researcher awarded for leadership in energy and global security
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Crain's Chicago Business named Leah Guzowski, director for strategy and research programs at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, to its annual 40 under 40 list.

Shedding light on oil behaviors before the next spill
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) A comprehensive scientific report released today by The Royal Society of Canada has concluded that there are still critical research gaps hampering efforts to both assess the environmental impacts of crude oil spills and to effectively remediate them.

Stanford technology makes metal wires on solar cells nearly invisible to light
(Stanford University) Stanford University scientists have discovered how to make the electrical wiring on top of solar cells nearly invisible to incoming light. The new design, which uses silicon nanopillars to hide the wires, could dramatically boost solar-cell efficiency.

A changing season means a changing diet for bison
(University of Colorado at Boulder) North American bison adjust their diet seasonally in order to take full advantage of the growing season when grasses become less nutritious, a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered.

Halteres, essential for flight in all flies, are needed by some to climb walls
(Case Western Reserve University) Research from Case Western Reserve University indicates sensory organs called halteres may play multiple roles in how flies behave, providing clues to how brains absorb and use multiple streams of information.

NASA sees small Tropical Storm In-fa becoming extra-tropical
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm In-fa was becoming an extra-tropical storm as it tracked toward the island of Iwo To, Japan in the western North Pacific Ocean. NASA's Terra satellite captured an infrared image of the small storm that is battling wind shear and was becoming extra-tropical.

This week from AGU: Religious fire, managing the carbon cycle
(American Geophysical Union) This week from AGU: Religious Fire, Managing the Carbon Cycle, and one new research paper are included.

Satellite video shows Hurricane Sandra moving north along Mexico's west coast
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Sandra formed on Nov. 24 and by the morning of Nov. 25 had become an Eastern Pacific Ocean late-season hurricane. NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured imagery of the storm from the time it developed to its status as a hurricane.

Dartmouth expert available to discuss dire state of ocean fisheries
(Dartmouth College) Dartmouth scholar D.G. Webster, an expert in marine policy and environmental governance and economics, is available to discuss the perilous state of the world's ocean fisheries.

CO2 Modeller brings climate change and emissions targets within touching distance
(University of Southampton) Scientists and computer engineers at the University of Southampton have developed an interactive climate app -- CO2 Modeller -- which can fit in your pocket and help you to gauge the future effects of carbon emissions around key sensitivities of the Earth's climate. The new app, CO2 Modeller, provides an interactive tool to allow anyone -- from members of the public to policy makers -- to explore for themselves the implications of delaying emission reductions on their tablet or smartphone.

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