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December 2015

Biofuels: Literally Green Energy


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With world officials attempting to come to agreements over future climate budgets, renewables energy are once again in the eye of the media. Undeterred by the global focus, a solution to providing clean, low carbon energy is still some way off. The argument for nuclear power rages on, - regardless of recent advances in wind and tidal energy - while our carbon footprint continues to expand exponentially. It seems clear to me that the global energy crisis can not be solved by complete reliance on one renewable energy source, and that a cumulative effort is the key to success.

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Science-Envy's Top Productivity Apps

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In a recent post Philip Lamb discussed the potential of linking science with app creation to create better, more informative science using new technologies and innovation. This very topic has been discussed in depth recently, at a seminar series put on by UEA’s E3i Club. But what about those apps and larger programs that are currently on your App Stores ready to use right now? How are these relative simple apps helping take science to the next level?

During this short post, I’ll highlight a few of the apps that I use on a day to day basis, and they help me organise and conduct my research, as well as a few that help me in my day to day life. I think it’s important to stress that these are in no way strictly scientific apps, there aren’t any included here that we specifically designed for data collection and analysis, like those discussed in Phil’s post. These apps are just tools that I find very useful, and in some cases, would be lost without.

So in no particular order…

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Hacking for Nature


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Walking home, the sting of cold dark November air lingers in my lungs. Looking around everything is engulfed by darkness, only being broken by the fine mist of rain illuminated by the tired bulbs of the streetlights. These sombre surroundings inspire sombre thoughts and it is hard not to think of the problems facing society today: Why are parents allowing their children to be infected with diseases easily preventable by vaccination? Why are we not doing more to end man-made climate change? How can we stop the ongoing biodiversity crisis? All these issues are, to varying extents, created or exacerbated by a misunderstanding or distrust of science. 

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