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Bacterial Research May Lead to Less Polluted Waters

June 6, 2016 - in Maintenance, Water

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Phosphorus is a crucial nutrient regularly applied to crops such as corn and soybeans to help them grow efficiently. However, excess phosphorus can be carried by rainwater runoff into lakes and streams, creating potential problems…

Algorithm Could Help Detect and Reduce Power Grid Faults

June 1, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Electric Grid, Energy

The power grid is aging, overburdened and seeing more faults than ever, according to many. Any of those breaks could easily lead to prolonged power outages…

Cooling Down Chicago: How Green and Cool Roofs Could Impact Urban Climate

June 1, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Energy

More than 50 percent of today’s population lives in cities. According to the United Nations Development Programme, that number is predicted to rise…

Study Could Help Cities Improve Tree Planting

May 27, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Heat from city sidewalks, streets, and parking lots, along with insect pests, can damage trees planted in urban landscapes. Thus, it is critical to plant trees in the right places so they will do well in harsh urban environments, a University…

Reconnecting Stream Habitat

May 24, 2016 - in Corporate, Environment, Water

Roads and highways connect people to one another, much like rivers and stream connect fish populations. However, the culverts that allow water to flow under roadways can become obstacles for small-bodied fish, like minnows, darters and madtoms. “When the…

Half of South Florida Structures at Risk of Subterranean Termite Infestation by 2040

May 24, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Maintenance

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Figure this: Asian and Formosan subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage annually, worldwide, when you combine harm to structures and measures to control them. Now, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural…

Water-Energy Nexus New Focus of Berkeley Lab Research

May 24, 2016 - in Corporate, Energy, Water

Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production—for hydroelectric power generation, thermoelectric plant cooling, and countless other industrial processes, including oil and gas mining. And huge amounts of energy…

Researcher Employs Laser Scanning to Measure Microtexture of Aggregates in Texas Pavement

May 23, 2016 - in Corporate, Roads

A University of Texas at Arlington engineer is working with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to assess whether scanning lasers can accurately measure microtexture of aggregates, which are used in asphalt and concrete mixtures. Roger Walker, a professor…

American Institute of Architects, HOK Team to Advance Design and Health Research Consortium

May 19, 2016 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2016—The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architects Foundation today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with architecture firm HOK under which HOK will facilitate focus group activities in partnership…

New Study Finds Major Earthquake Threat From the Riasi Fault in the Himalayas

May 19, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate

CORVALLIS, Ore. - New geologic mapping in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir between Pakistan and India suggests that the region is ripe for a major earthquake that could endanger the lives of as many as a million people. Scientists have known about the Riasi…