Brian Simmons

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Solar Panels Could Replace Roads

Back when the concept of global warming was still nascent—only eight years ago, mind you—Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sagle, Idaho, began heavily contemplating an idea that Scott, an electrical engineer, had toyed with as a child: solar panel roads.<p>After years of figuring out many ways <i>not</i> to make a …

Clean Energy

Why Butterflies, Bees Drink Crocodile Tears

<b>Last December, passengers on a boat trip down Costa Rica‘s Puerto Viejo River were treated to a strange sight: a butterfly and a bee drinking the tears from a crocodile’s eyes.</b><p>The encounter between the insects, a Julia butterfly (<i>Dryas iulia</i>) and a bee (<i>Centris sp.),</i> and the spectacled caiman</i> …

High CO2 Makes Crops Less Nutritious

Climate change could increase deficiencies in zinc and iron, new study suggests.<p><b>This story is part of National Geographic's special eight-month Future of Food series.</b><p><b>Crops grown in the high-CO2 atmosphere of the future could be significantly less nutritious, a new study published today in Nature</b> …

Climate Change

FDA Approves 'Star Wars' Robotic Arm for Amputees

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic arm for amputees that is named for the "Star Wars" character Luke Skywalker and can perform multiple, simultaneous movements, a huge advance over the metal hook currently in use.<p>The FDA said on Friday it allowed the sale of the DEKA Arm …

Robotics

Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds

Harvard study shows neonicotionoids are devastating colonies by triggerring colony collapse disorder<p>The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two …