Phys .org: UNT professor’s virtual lab may hold key to preventing undersea oil pipeline leaks

Phys .org: UNT professor’s virtual lab may hold key to preventing undersea oil pipeline leaks. “Complex organic chemistry experiments often take days or weeks to conduct in a laboratory, but not anymore. Oliviero Andreussi has created a virtual organic chemistry laboratory inside a supercomputer to conduct these same experiments in a matter of minutes.”

Phys .org: Global database of all bird species shows how body shape predicts lifestyle

Phys .org: Global database of all bird species shows how body shape predicts lifestyle. “A global team of researchers, led by Imperial College London and University College London, visited museums around the world to find specimens of nearly 10,000 species, covering more than 99 percent of all known bird species. Their results, and the database, are published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The link between body form of each animal species and aspects of their lifestyle, including diet, has previously been proposed, but this is the first time it has been confirmed at such a large scale and with such precise detail.”

Ensia: How can we adapt to climate change? This online hub has answers

New-to-me, from Ensia: How can we adapt to climate change? This online hub has answers. “Even as we strive to stop the globe from getting hotter still in order to avoid another ‘lost decade,’ we’ll also have to adjust to changes already happening. The good news: There’s no need to start from scratch, thanks to the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), a collection of more than 2,000 vetted resources on climate adaptation compiled since 2010 by EcoAdapt, a nonprofit based in Washington state.”

MIT Management Sloan School: See the future of global warming in less than one second

MIT Management Sloan School: See the future of global warming in less than one second. “Global warming is a defining problem of our age. But how to solve it? MIT has an answer, thanks to the En-ROADS climate solutions simulator, a new online interface that simulates 100 years of energy, land, and climate data to identify solutions in less than a second.”

Fashionista: Is It Even Possible To Be A Sustainable Influencer?

Fashionista: Is It Even Possible To Be A Sustainable Influencer?. “A small yet growing contingent of sustainable fashion influencers are questioning if ‘merching’ runs counter to their social and environmental ethos. Some, like [Ellie] Hughes, are shunning brands for their own closets or thrift-store finds. Others, like writer-stylist Aja Barber (@ajabarber), derive their revenue primarily through membership-based platforms like Patreon, where fans can donate to access exclusive content. One influencer, Hannah Neumann (formerly @lifestylejustice), even quit Instagram to establish a fair-trade factory in the Philippines. More may be wrestling with the cognitive dissonance of touting clothing or shoes people don’t necessarily need, even if they don’t talk about it.”

Big data, big world: new NOAA datasets available on Google Cloud (Google Cloud)

Google Cloud: Big data, big world: new NOAA datasets available on Google Cloud. “A vast trove of NOAA’s environmental data is now available on Google Cloud as part of the Google Cloud Public Datasets Program and NOAA’s Big Data Project, opening up possibilities for scientific and economic advances. We are thrilled to make this valuable data available for your exploration. Google Cloud will host 5 PB of this data across our products, including BigQuery, Cloud Storage, Google Earth Engine, and Kaggle. The stored data is available at no cost, though usual charges may still apply (processing, egress of user-owned data, for example).”