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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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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.