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Nuclear Energy, Fission and Waste Disposal Issues

The Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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Dilemmas Over How to Store Spent Radioactive Fuel Nuclear Energy, Fission and Waste Disposal Issues Nuclear power has always been controversial. There still exists a continuing debate over its value as a source of sustainable energy, or whether it’s inherently dangerous, based on several notable accidents such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Since the [...]

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Hydraulic Fracturing, Natural Gas and Related Health Concerns

Hydrofracking. Photo Courtesy of Earth Times
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The Controversy Surrounding Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas Hydrofracking in New York State Although natural gas is cheap and abundant when compared to wind and solar power, there are concerns as to how green a solution it really is. While natural gas leaves less of a carbon footprint than coal or oil, there are environmental [...]

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The Rise of the Drones, the Fall of Boundaries

The MQ-9 Reaper. Photo Courtesy Defense Industry Daily
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Drones and their Use in the War on Terror How the MQ-9 Reaper has Forever Changed the World Inside of most Americans there exists a paradox: we hate the wars that are being fought but deeply admire those that are fighting them. Our soldiers lay their lives on the line in order to protect our freedom. [...]

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Wind Power and the Great Lakes Wind Energy Consortium

Wind Turbines. Photo Courtesy of Rochester Solar Technologies
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Wind Power: Costly at First, but Effective in the Long Run The Great Lakes Wind Energy Consortium Wind power is a renewable energy source that has zero pollution and requires no fuel costs. For each year of use one megawatt of wind energy can counterbalance 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide and supply energy to 350 [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

2012 Chevy Volt
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The Hubbub about Electric Cars Increasing Gas Prices Inspire a Re-evaluation of Alternative Cars There are both pros and cons of owning and driving an electric car, but the advantages outweigh the downfalls when taking into consideration how green you are. As automakers lean towards making more energy efficient vehicles in the future, the price [...]

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The Unstoppable Worm: Genetically Engineered Corn and its Conqueror

Mature Corn Rootworm Beetles, Photo Courtesy University of Nebraska
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The Unstoppable Worm The Western Corn Rootworm and its Damaging Aftermath In 2003, seed giant Monsanto introduced what was thought to be among its most revolutionary products since Roundup – corn with insecticide (Bacillus thuringiensis, commonly known as Bt) genetically engineered into it. Suddenly, farmers could plant continuous corn crops without worrying about the invasion [...]

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A Gardener’s Gold: A Guide to Composting

A Compost Pile
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A Guide to Composting Composting may look like science, but it’s really more of an art. There are ways to optimize the decomposition going on in your backyard pile, but no one right way of doing it. There is no master recipe of what to add, only guidelines. Any time you throw organic matter in [...]

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A Deadly Little Critter: The Unconquerable E. coli

E. coli Bacteria
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German E. coli Outbreak: Most Deadly on Record The New York Times feels that the German E. coli outbreak brings into sharp relief the “difficulties of following a pathogen through the complex food supply chain as well as the deficiencies in even the most modern health systems in diagnosing this deadly illness.” Humans sometimes appear [...]

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Fossil Fuels, Sipping Petroleum and the Modern Food System

Farm Energy: Wind Power
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Food Energy and the Modern Food System There is much to be said for the relative efficiency and ease with which the US food system produces large quantities of food for large quantities of people. As agriculture and food distribution grow more consolidated, less labor and human capital are needed. But at what cost? When [...]

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Celebrating the Metamorphosis: A Review of Blue Morph at RPI’s West Hall

Blue Morph at RPI. Photo by Aubree Cutkomp
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A Review of Blue Morph at RPI What does the metamorphosis of the blue morpho from chrysalis to butterfly sound like, you ask? Well, nothing. But the shell of the chrysalis vibrates, and using a tiny mirror, a laser and the advancements of nanotechnology, it sounds like a sick animal in pain. In more eloquent [...]

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