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Energy Secretary Chu Applauds World's First All-Renewable Power Plant in Nevada

As part of the Obama Administration's all-out, all-of-the-above approach to American energy, the Energy Department today recognized the dedication of the world's first geothermal-solar power plant in Fallon, Nevada. The Stillwater geothermal project, which received $40 million in tax support under the Recovery Act, has harnessed innovative technologies to add solar energy to the facility and provide 59 megawatts (MW) of combined capacity to power more than 50,000 local homes. 

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Japan earthquake May Have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis

The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. But don't worry—you won't notice the difference.

Using a United States Geological Survey estimate for how the fault responsible for the earthquake slipped, research scientist Richard Gross of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., applied a complex model to perform a preliminary theoretical calculation of how the Japan earthquake—the fifth largest since 1900—affected Earth's rotation. His calculations indicate that by changing the distribution of Earth's mass, the Japanese earthquake should have caused Earth to rotate a bit faster, shortening the length of the day by about 1.8 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second).

 

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Researchers Find New Way to Stop Dangerous African Pest

 

U.S. researchers have developed a satellite-guided method of tracking and eradicating tsetse fly populations, action that could prevent disease, save the lives of both humans and livestock, and prevent $4.5 billion in annual losses to African farmers.  The tsetse fly carries Trypanosoma protozoa, which cause a disease commonly known as sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle. Without treatment, the parasite will  enter the host’s bloodstream, causing neurological problems, confusion and fatigue. Allowed to go to its extreme, the disease can bring coma, mental derangement and death to humans; its victims are estimated to number in the tens of thousands each year.

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