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Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World
Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.
Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World
Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World

Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.

Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.

energy
Woman with buns and blue sweater chewing gum, smiling, and stretching it out of her mouth.
The Energetic Cost of Chewing May Have Shaped Hominin Evolution
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Aug 17, 2022 | 4 min read
The simple act of chewing gum can raise the body’s metabolic rate by as much as 15 percent, a study finds.
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Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall
Amanda Heidt | May 5, 2022 | 4 min read
The launch of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability—the first new school at the university in 70 years—comes thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from a venture capitalist and his wife.
The Scientist Speaks Ep. 16 - At the Breaking Point: Mitochondrial Deletions and the Brain
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Researchers characterize large mitochondrial deletions to understand their implications in neurological disorders.
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Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Amanda Heidt | Jan 12, 2021 | 5 min read
Paul Cohen of the Rockefeller University describes his study of thousands of people, finding that the energy-burning tissue is tied to a lower risk of for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Image of the Day: Unusual ATP Synthase
Emily Makowski | Jan 8, 2020 | 2 min read
A single-celled organism has an energy-producing enzyme with unique features.
Lab-Evolved E. coli Consume Carbon Dioxide
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019 | 3 min read
Bacteria that take in inorganic carbon could have applications in sustainable biofuels.
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Study Fingers Bitcoin as Major Climate Change Culprit
Shawna Williams | Oct 29, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers predict that activity around the digital currency could single-handedly push warming above 2 °C within 30 years, but other experts say the conclusion is flawed.
President Trump Picks Meteorologist to Lead OSTP
Catherine Offord | Aug 2, 2018 | 2 min read
The nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier has been met positively by members of the scientific community.
Chris Fall Picked to Lead the Department of Energy’s Office of Science
Jim Daley | May 21, 2018 | 1 min read
Fall served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama.
A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018 | 2 min read
The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.
Professor Sues PNAS Over Paper Criticisms
Kerry Grens | Nov 2, 2017 | 2 min read
Stanford’s Mark Jacobson is asking for $10 million in damages after the journal published a critique of his work on renewable energy.
Potential New German Coalition Government Likely to Clash on Energy
Diana Kwon | Sep 27, 2017 | 2 min read
After Sunday’s federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is faced with political parties that disagree on key scientific and environmental issues.
Science Envoy Resigns from US State Department in Protest
Catherine Offord | Aug 23, 2017 | 2 min read
Energy researcher Daniel Kammen criticized President Trump’s response to events in Charlottesville, as well as the administration’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.
Warming Up to Brown Fat
Kerry Grens | Oct 8, 2015 | 6 min read
Scientists know how to turn on these fat-combusting cells. Can these energy burners be used to combat obesity?
Nourishing the Aging Brain
Morten Scheibye-Knudsen | Mar 1, 2015 | 10 min read
Research reveals how the brain changes as we age and hints at ways to slow the decline.
The Energy of Life
Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend | Feb 1, 2015 | 10+ min read
Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.
Next Generation: Capturing the Body’s Energy
Abby Olena, PhD | Jan 20, 2014 | 3 min read
Researchers build a device that harvests and stores energy from the mechanical movements of a beating heart.
Obama Calls for Clean Energy Boost
Bob Grant | Mar 18, 2013 | 1 min read
The President wants to devote $2 billion to research that might wean America off of oil.
Energy Secretary to Step Down
Dan Cossins | Feb 4, 2013 | 1 min read
After a 4-year stretch as US Energy Secretary, during which he fought to fund research on clean energy technology, Steven Chu has announced his resignation.
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