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Science Headlines – June 28

Consumers Energy UAV - Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy UAV – Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy is now the first utility in the state of Michigan to utilize the agility and movement of unmanned ariel vehicles to monitor hard-to-reach places. A Michigan State University research development may lead to better semiconductors, and more. Check out this week’s science headlines.

Michigan utility using UAS for infrastructure inspections:

Consumers Energy is the first utility in Michigan and the fourth in the U.S. to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to inspect wind turbines, power poles, transformers and other equipment….. (UAS Magazine)

Building a better semiconductor:

Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the scientists detailed how they developed a method to change the electronic properties of materials in a way that will more easily allow an electrical current to pass through….. (EurekAlert!)

Second annual 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp was a success:

The 2015 camp expanded the horizons of 40 youth from across the country, helping them understand how many individual careers and paths there are within animal science and veterinary medicine…… (MSU Extension)

DNR: Lake Michigan withdrawal shouldn’t affect levels:

The Department of Natural Resources says Waukesha’s plan to pull water from Lake Michigan shouldn’t affect lake levels, plants and sediment. The city wants permission to pull up to 16.7 million gallons a day and return treated wastewater to the lake. The city currently relies on an aquifer but its levels have been dropping, compounding radium concentrations….. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Daisuke Minakata Wins Powe Award from ORAU:

One of the greatest needs facing mankind today is the safety and availability of water. Water scarcity driven by climate change and other factors presents major challenges to next-generation water infrastructures dealing with both planned and unplanned wastewater reuse….. (MTU News)

Clinician-scientist who developed Parkinson’s disease breakthrough is awarded the 2015 Taubman Prize:

A physician-scientist whose work has improved quality of life for tens of thousands of Parkinson’s disease patients is the recipient of the 2015 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science, the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute announced….. (U-M Health System)

Justice system chips away at women’s rights:

Arrests of women increased dramatically in the past two decades, while domestic abuse laws meant to protect female victims have put many behind bars for defending themselves, a new paper argues.These trends suggest evidence, at least in the justice system, of a “war on women” — a term coined during the 2012 election that refers to attempts to limit women’s rights, said co-author Christina DeJong, associate professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University….. (EurekAlert!)

Environmental Activism Is Successful, Science Not So Much:

The environmental movement has been successful, according to humanities scholars at Michigan State University. Certainly that is where the money is. Though environmental groups and pro-science groups are industry and politically funded, only the pro-science groups are dismisses as industry-funded, despite that fact that one group, Union of Concerned Scientists, has more funding than all pro science groups in America combined….. (Science 2.0)

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