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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Scientist, Heal Thyself
13 February 2009 2:26 pm
Whether working on new biofuels, catalysts, solar cells, batteries, or smart grids, scientists are seen as key players in bringing about an affordable renewable energy economy. But scientists and scientific buildings are among the biggest energy hogs—and CO2 polluters—around. According to a new article by Evan Mills, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, scientific buildings can be more than 100 times more energy intensive than conventional buildings, and collectively release as much CO2 as 7 million U.S. homes. (Scientific meetings are wasteful, too.) The good news, Mills says, is that there is plenty of room for improvement. Up to only 3% of U.S. labs are engineered to be “green.” And examples abound where reengineered high-tech facilities have trimmed their energy use by 50%. So, in addition to reinventing energy technology, scientists can help out by taking full advantage of what’s around already.