News

Jan 31 2019

NPR – In the midst of some of the lowest temperatures in years, utility companies in parts of the Upper Midwest have asked customers to turn down their thermostats to ensure that there's enough natural gas to go around.

Jan 31 2019

Utility Dive – Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will not seek a third term at the agency and will depart later in 2019, she announced on Twitter.

Jan 30 2019

ScienceNews – Air pollution is recognized as a public health threat in China, linked to heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline and even risky behavior. Now a study analyzing air quality data and social media posts on China’s version of Twitter suggests that poor air quality may also harm people’s sense of well-being.

Jan 30 2019

New York Times – A yearlong, randomized trial in England showed that e-cigarettes were almost twice as successful as products like patches or gum for smoking cessation.

Jan 30 2019

The Hill – The federal government is failing to protect children from the dangers of electronic cigarettes, according to an American Lung Association report card.

Jan 30 2019

NPR – The use of e-cigarettes is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, according to research that is scheduled to be presented Feb. 6 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Honolulu.

Jan 30 2019

Phys.org – Reporting their results in the journal ACS Nano, researchers inspired by colorful layered cocktails have developed a medium-term, reversible male contraceptive. 

Jan 30 2019

Phys.org – Scientists have used a Nobel-prize winning chemistry technique on a mixture of metals to potentially reduce the cost of fuel cells used in electric cars and reduce harmful emissions from conventional vehicles.

 

Jan 29 2019

ScienceDaily – "We found that people who drink heavily may be changing their DNA in a way that makes them crave alcohol even more," said Distinguished Professor Dipak K. Sarkar. "This may help explain why alcoholism is such a powerful addiction, and may one day contribute to new ways to treat alcoholism or help prevent at-risk people from becoming addicted."

Jan 29 2019

CNN Business – Pacific Gas and Electric has filed for bankruptcy protection after coming under pressure from billions of dollars in claims tied to deadly wildfires.

 

Jan 29 2019

GAO Watch Blog – The Government Accountability Office launched a new Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics (STAA) team, expanding its work on cutting-edge science and technology issues.

Jan 29 2019

Neuroscience News – Researchers have developed a new system which utilizes artificial intelligence technology to turn brain signals to recognizable speech, a breakthrough that could help restore a voice to those with limited, or no ability, to speak.