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February 9, 2018

New York rolls out 'master plan' to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind

UtilityDIVE – NYSERDA's plan doubles as a comprehensive guide to offshore wind in New York. The agency says it is "a comprehensive roadmap" that takes into account environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues, along with costs and barriers. Its appendices is made up of two dozen studies from a sand and gravel resource analysis to assessments of ports, cables and pipelines. 

February 9, 2018

Trump team considers a government-run 5G network

Engadget – How would you protect the US against Chinese cyberattacks? Would you push for stricter security standards, or new encryption technology? The Trump administration's national security team has another idea: a government-controlled 5G network. Axios has obtained documents showing that the team is pushing for a centralized, secure 5G network within 3 years.

February 9, 2018

First Solar Is Using Robots to Better Tap the Sun

Bloomberg – A year ago, First Solar Inc.’s future looked uncertain. Deeply underpriced by a string of Chinese competitors, the Tempe, Ariz., maker of solar panels laid off hundreds of workers, sold equipment, and shut down its factory on the outskirts of Toledo, its only one in the U.S., as it prepared to gut and remodel the place. That last move, however, has paid off.

February 9, 2018

Online Sales of Illegal Opioids From China Surge in U.S.

The New York Times – Nearly $800 million worth of fentanyl pills were illegally sold to online customers in the United States over two years by Chinese distributors who took advantage of internet anonymity and an explosive growth in e-commerce, according to a Senate report released on Wednesday.

February 9, 2018

SCCS opinion on sprayable TiO2 in sunscreens

NIA – The European Commission Scientific Committe on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has just published its scientific opinion on 'Titanium Dioxide (nano form) as UV-Filter in sprays'. The SCCS concludes that 'the information provided is insufficient to allow assessment of the safety of the use of nano-TiO2 in spray applications that could lead to exposure of the consumer’s lungs'. 

February 8, 2018

Duke Science & Society is seeking a Grant Writer

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society is seeking a Grant Writer to help identify funding opportunities and promote its strategic growth initiative. This individual will be responsible for executing the organization’s grant writing, reporting, and foundation cultivation processes. This individual will report to the Associate Director for Science & Society.