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Science Progressing: May 4

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CLIMATE SCIENCE
Satellites show how bad polar ice melting is
A video that combines images from two different type of satellite technologies gives a unique view of the polar melting.

BIOTECHNOLOGY
Corporations of all stripes gather to discuss the buzz about bio
The Bio World Conference brought together many major corporate representatives, from the airline industry to the beverage industry. These diverse groups are all looking to bio-renewables to cut their petrochemical costs. When the cost of gas goes up a penny, United Airlines annual fuel spending goes up by $175 million, a major reason to be excited about potential bio-fuel market increase to stabilize prices.

ENERGY REGULATION
New fracking rules released
The Department of Interior released new “fracking” rules that now require drilling companies to divulge their carefully guarded chemical mixture used, after they have used it.

CYBERSECURITY
Stopping cyberattacks matrix style
A team of researchers at the University of Tulsa want to slow your internet down in order to send hyper-speed signals to “get in front” of an attack. By slowing internet traffic by a few milliseconds the researchers believe they can protect critical infrastructure targets before they are even attacked.

CLEAN ENERGY
Managing renewable expectations
Two Stanford energy experts have asked America to change its expectation toward renewable energy technology. Untangling investments in renewables from the measure of their success by how many jobs they initially create is important if we are going to ever drive down the manufacturing costs of these technologies, the authors argue.

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Your cellular service may soon vastly improve
If you live in a rural area and get little to no service, a FCC $300 million dollar incentive program for wireless providers may provide you with relief. The auction of the contract, set to end in mid-July, will target cellular tower construction and upgrade in sparsely populated areas based on the most recent census data.

CLIMATE SCIENCE
It’s not in your head, your allergies are worse
Buckle-up if you have had increased seasonal allergy symptoms because as global average temperature increases likely will exacerbate your allergies, research shows. The longer pollination season has led to higher pollen counts, with New Jersey recording record highs this February.

This Jason Thomas’s last edition of Science Progressing. He will be matriculating to the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in the fall. 

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