Deep Fried Clouds: Fried Food may be Changing our Weather

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By Max Johnston

To some, like myself, fried food is a delicacy. While frying some chicken in fat is delicious, it can harm our atmosphere.

The oil used in deep frying emits aerosols, small particles of solids and liquids, into the air. In London 10 percent of all airborne aerosols come from deep fryers alone.

And that frying could be affecting our weather.

These aerosols are all around us. They’re emitted by everything from hairspray to inhalers. For a long time it’s been thought that aerosols are bad for the environment. They erode the earth’s ozone layer and contribute to climate change.

But researchers out of The University of Bath in the United Kingdom looked at the aerosols emitted from deep fryers. They say it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Listen to that story here.

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Innovating? Consider gender

Dr. Nathalie Me-Nsope conducts research in Golomoti, Malawi. Image: Stephanie White.

By Katie Deska

Gender relations, roles, responsibilities, influence and ownership of assets help decide if an innovation works.

Without considering them, innovators risk designing a technology unsuited to those who use it. Continue reading Innovating? Consider gender

Crops vs. Disease: How Heat changes Bio-Warfare

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By Max Johnston

When looking at the fight between crops and bacteria, it might help to think of it as a battle.

Attack and Defense. Bacteria tries to penetrate a plant’s armor and take it over. Plants build up their armor, and parry with acids and chemicals.

Researchers at Michigan State University have looked into this battle, and the role heat plays in the fight. Bethany Huot is the lead author of a study out of MSU’s plant research laboratory. Her team’s research focuses on how heat factors into this ‘bio-warfare.’

We talked about the battle between plants and pathogens and much more.

Listen to that interview here.

California fires will have little impact on Michigan wine sales

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Wildfires have engulfed vineyards in California’s Wine Country. Image: Wikimedia Commons

By Carl Stoddard

Capital News Service

The full impact of wildfires in Northern California’s wine country is not yet clear.

But even if the devastation is severe, Michigan wine producers say it could be a few years before they see any effect, if at all. Continue reading California fires will have little impact on Michigan wine sales