Daily Archives: March 14, 2016

How to make labs more sustainable


Green Harvard

Published on Mar 14, 2016

Quentin Gilly, Senior Coordinator for the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Green Labs Program, speaks with New England BioLabs on ways to incorporate sustainable and energy-saving practices in laboratories. To learn more about Green Labs at Harvard visit green.harvard.edu/labs.

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The case for optimism on climate change | Al Gore


TED

Published on Mar 14, 2016

Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet — and the solutions we’re designing to combat them. (Featuring Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson)

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US-Canada Methane Reduction Agreement Encouraging, Says Greenpeace


TheRealNews

Published on Mar 14, 2016

Jessica Wilson of Greenpeace Canada’s Arctic Campaign says that arctic drilling must be off the table If US and Canada are serious about meeting climate goals

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SupraSensor could be super tool for precision agriculture – Science Nation


National Science Foundation

Published on Mar 14, 2016

Preserving the environment and developing agricultural products that do not harm unintended targets are top priorities for many scientists and farmers, as well as environmentalists. It’s a new era of crop management known as precision agriculture. It maximizes productivity while minimizing energy use and environmental impacts.

One of the major challenges being addressed by precision agriculture is over-fertilization. About 30 percent of nitrate fertilizer applied to U.S. crops simply washes away. This wastes the fertilizer and the energy used to make it, in addition to posing possible harm to the environment

Support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has led to the development by start-up SupraSensor Technologies of a novel sensor to detect nitrate fertilizer in soil. The SupraSensor device is designed to give farmers a highly accurate, virtually constant stream of data on nitrate levels. The device is an excellent example of highly applied science with roots in basic research — in this case supramolecular chemistry at the University of Oregon.

Supramolecular chemistry is a simple idea of how two or more molecules might interact or bind with one another without forming strong irreversible interactions. A supramolecular interaction is key to how the SupraSensor nitrogen sensor works. The research team has also since developed electronics to store data, wireless capability, even a smart phone app.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF awards #0718242, Phenyl-Acetylene Scaffolding: Experimental, Theoretical, and Materials Studies of New Molecular Systems; and #0545206, CAREER: Supramolecular Main Group Coordination Chemistry. CAREER is NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Also related is award #1237240, Innovation Corps (I-Corps): Commercialization of new anion-sensing materials.

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IN DEFENSE OF FOOD | Michael Pollan’s Seven Words


PBS    Published on Dec 23, 2015

http://www.pbs.org/show/in-defense-of…
Premieres on PBS Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET.

To escape the harmful health consequences of the Western diet, we can either wait centuries for evolution to adapt our bodies to junk food, or take a much more practical and economical path: change the way we’re eating. Something that’s a lot simpler than we may think. Pollan offers us a simple seven-word guide to healthier eating: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy. IN DEFENSE OF FOOD premieres December 30, 2015 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).

 

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Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food


Jeffrey Keating    Uploaded on Feb 6, 2012

The food industry, along with a complicit congress, has destroyed our diet, reducing food to a list of nutrients. Some are supposedly good for you while others are bad. Which nutrient is on which list changes frequently. We obsess about nutrition yet we don’t know how to eat. In his new book, In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan steers us out of this dilemma.

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Email Archiving in a Curation Lifecycle Context


Harvard University

Published on Mar 14, 2016

A panel presentation moderated By Christopher J. Prom from the University of Illinois with presenters Glynn Edwards from Stanford University, Riccardo A. Ferrante from Smithsonian Institution Archives and Wendy Marcus Gogel from Harvard University. Brief presentations cover components of the curation lifecycle for email, stewardship functions (pre-acquisition appraisal, accessioning, processing, access, and preservation), issues, gaps, and tools. Originally presented at the Society of American Archivists in August 2015, the panelists have updated their content to reflect developments over the past six months.

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