Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Volkswagen Over Emissions Software

January 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

On Monday, the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit against Volkswagen. The DOJ alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impaired emission control systems and caused emissions to exceed EPA’s standards, resulting in harmful air pollution.

Using Technology To Keep Carbon Emissions In Check

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Renewable energy is only one of the steps toward achieving the goals set by the Paris climate deal. We take a trip around North America to explore other ways of keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.

Veterans Say Trained Dogs Help With PTSD, But The VA Won’t Pay

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Service dogs help veterans with physical disabilities, and there’s increased interest in using dogs for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, too. A study is underway to see whether that helps.

The Periodic Table Gets Update With 4 New Elements

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The periodic table is getting an update. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced that four new chemical elements have been assigned atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118.

4 New Elements Are Added To The Periodic Table

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With the discoveries now confirmed, “The 7th period of the periodic table of elements is complete,” according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Forgot Something Again? It’s Probably Just Normal Aging

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Around age 50, people may begin to forget things. This can be scary. But there are clear differences between the onset of dementia and totally normal, age-related lapses in memory.

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s

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A mouse’s brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Could the same hold true for people?

An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

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When Carnegie Mellon launches a lunar rover in 2017, the MoonArk will be aboard. It’s a lightweight, sturdy “portrait of humanity,” carrying the work of more than 200 artists and designers.

Can Psychology Teach Us How To Stick To New Year’s Resolutions?

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Research out of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania suggests that people see New Year’s Day, their birthdays and even the start of a new month or week as “temporal landmarks” — an imaginary line demarcating the old “inferior” self from a new and improved version. That explains why we often fail at resolutions — our new selves are usually not much better than the old ones. But it also suggests how we might stick to our resolutions — use more temporal landmarks to reach our goals.

‘Concussion’ Forces Football Players To Contemplate Safety Risks

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The new film Concussion has many football players thinking about the possible long-term health risks of the game. But that hasn’t stopped two brothers from taking the field.

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