Energy and environmental experts at a recent Princeton University gathering grappled with fundamental questions about how to build a stronger infrastructure and proposed solutions for providing and using energy and water more efficiently.
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Scientists from Princeton, Stanford and Ohio State universities, as well as the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have identified the specific attributes of abandoned wells that leak significant amounts of methane, which could help state governments prioritize which wells to repair.
Recent upgrades in imaging and fabrication facilities for atomic-scale research have made these labs among the best in the world and perhaps unique in their "one-stop-shop" combination of analysis and fabrication.
Running a fusion reactor is like holding part of the sun in a bottle its heart is a raging storm of particles trapped in a magnetic field.
To translate this storm’s power into a practical energy source, scientists will have to harness and control the reactor by adjusting the twists and flows of its superheated particles.
“Plasma can destabilize in milliseconds,” said Egemen Kolemen *08, an assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center
In the summer of 2015, a freak cold front swept across the Andes and poured rain that triggered flash floods across parts of Peru and northern Chile. The floodwaters overflowed streambeds and sent mudslides roaring through rural communities. In the aftermath, the Chilean government estimated that more than 27,000 people were displaced.
In Africa, where countries strive to expand agriculture to keep up with growing populations, data is a key element in mapping plans to provide food for billions.
Despite improvement in agriculture in many African countries, urban population in the continent has tripled over the past 30 years, leading to a net decrease in key food exports. The African Union estimates that 80 percent of farms in Africa are family-run operations less than five acres.
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When Ben Sorkin put on his racing suit and helmet, he knew the moment he waited over two years for had finally come. His teammates helped strap him into the driver's seat. For the first time, he would be energizing their electric car for its very first run around a race track.
Despite ample evidence that Atlantic hurricanes are getting stronger, Princeton University-led research found that people's view of future storm threat is based on their hurricane experience, gender and political affiliation. This could affect how policymakers and scientists communicate the increasing deadliness of hurricanes as a result of climate change.
A study led by Princeton University researchers shows that weather patterns tied to climate change may increase the severity of algal blooms by changing how soil nutrients leach into the watershed.
"Materials really do change society," says materials institute director Craig Arnold in a recent interview. "They change the way we think about and interact with the world, how we use objects, and how we create things. That is why I like teaching it."
In the course, "Science, Society and Dinner," first-year students learn the basics of knife skills, sautéing and palate education; they learn about the water cycle, sustainable agriculture and the biochemistry of taste — and how they all fit together.
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment partners with U.S. Army on sustainable energy and environmental issues and research
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment recently signed an agreement with the Picatinny Arsenal Garrison and the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center to promote collaboration on sustainable energy and environmental research.
New research indicates that the Chinese government could dramatically improve air quality with more attention to an overlooked source of outdoor pollution — residential cooking and heating.
The Andlinger Center's Building Opening Celebration and Symposium May featured industry and government leaders outlining their visions for the future of energy and the environment, as well as the center's jointly appointed faculty highlighting their research in sustainable energy.
Princeton University is part of a partnership of eight universities that has received a six-year, $20 million federal grant to pursue broad approaches to improving the efficiency of production and use of fossil fuels, while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and harm to the environment.