New book describes the diverse food challenges faced by Hawaii

A rich compilation of case studies by island scholars and writers, Food and Power in Hawai'i: Visions of Food Democracy explores the diversity of food challenges faced by the state. Edited by Aya H. Kimura and Krisnawati Suryanata ...

Why does the American middle class continue to struggle financially?

Since the mid-1980s, unrestrained household spending has damaged American family finances—despite the fact that globalization and technological change have caused consumer prices to fall widely, says Queens College sociologist ...

Shale fields 'add 47% to global gas reserves'

Shale-based resources increase the world's total potential oil reserves by 11 percent and natural gas by 47 percent, according to a US report released Monday.

Forever recyclable novel plastic thanks to old tyres

Tyres are well suited for recycling. They are easy to collect and do not require any costly sorting process. However, in Europe, still only about 50% of the tyres are recycled. The rest is incinerated or disposed of in landfills. ...

US may face inevitable nuclear power exit

In a 2012 report, the Obama administration announced that it was "jumpstarting" the nuclear industry. Because of the industry's long history of permitting problems, cost overruns, and construction delays, financial markets ...

Pulp as biodegradable plastic in disposable food containers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and university cooperators have developed a biodegradable plastic that could be used in disposable food containers. The plastic, called a thermoplastic, becomes soft when heated.

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