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A Twist: Harnessing the Sun to Combat Global Warming

A team of students from Sam Fox School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science are preparing for Solar Decathalon 2017. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the biennial competition challenges university teams from around the world to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. Winners will be selected on the basis of design […]

Discovery might allow scientists to create crop varieties better suited to warming world

As we push the limits of agriculture to feed more people in a warmer world, we do not understand how plants sense temperature. In a surprising turn of events, scientists at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Washington University in St. Louis have just learned that plant light sensors also respond to temperature. […]

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Carbon cuts raise hope for climate change deal

James Wertsch, Shen Dingli and Swaran Singh say the substantial carbon emission targets announced by the world’s major economies are raising hope for a comprehensive climate change agreement in Paris.