Author: Debra Goldberg, ENN

  • Dead battery troubles will soon be a thing of the past

    With technology almost always at our fingertips, it’s hard to avoid constantly being on our smart phone, camera, or tablet. It distracts us from our boredom, connects us quickly to friends, helps navigate us to local restaurants, and points out the nearest gas stations when we’re running low on fuel.

  • Food and beverage dye going all-natural

    As consumers are becoming more health-conscious and aware of chemical additives and dyes in their food, many are starting to stray away from anything that contains “unnatural” ingredients, including food and drink dyes. At the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), this concern was one of the many topics discussed…

  • New Advancements in Fog-Harvesting

    Fog-harvesting, an idea that has been around for several years and already in existence in 17 countries, is a technique that captures potable water from fog. Researchers at MIT, working in collaboration with scientists in Chile, have found a way to improve this technology, making potable water more easily attainable in arid countries.

  • Hidden Mega-Canyon Discovered in Greenland

    With Google’s street-view technology, one would think the entire Earth has been mapped. However, scientists from Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences have recently discovered a mega-canyon hidden deep beneath Greenland’s ice sheet.

  • Feather Hues Affect Bird Health

    Just like physical appearance affects the way many humans act around others, sometimes even boosting an individual’s confidence, certain birds have been found to act in a similar manner. A recent study by the University of Colorado Boulder and Cornell University shows that the physiological health of North American barn swallows is highly dependent on…

  • Small Fish Develop Disguises for Survival

    A recent study, performed by researchers from Australia’s ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) and James Cook University, reveals that particular tiny fish have developed deceiving behaviors and features to enhance their survival chances against predatory fish. The damsel fish, a tiny yellow fish with an eyespot on its tail, is capable…

  • Bacterial Growth Affected By Gravity

    On Earth or in space, microbial communities will undoubtedly follow their human counterparts. In two NASA-funded studies, the bacteria known as Pseudonomas aeruginosa, an opportunistic human pathogen, was cultured both on earth and aboard shuttle Atlantis in 2010 and 2011. The goal was to see if the bacteria behaved differently due to microgravity.

  • New York City Turns to Composting

    In 2011, the United States produced 250 million tons of municipal solid waste, 56% of which was compostable materials. In New York City alone, more than 10,000 tons of trash is collected every day and shipped to landfills where organic materials decompose. Methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, is produced…