Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass geologist, Amherst attorney talk fracking in Sunderland

By David Barnstone

October 17, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Env. & Tech., Environment, Local News, News, Science & Technology

Sixty-eight percent of the electricity generated in Massachusetts in 2011 came from natural gas, yet none of that gas was produced here. The natural gas used to keep the lights on and power mobile devices is piped in from ot...

Biochar: A solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production

By Gavin Portwood

September 26, 2013

Filed under Env. & Tech., Environment, Local News, News, Science & Technology

Biochar has made waves in academic and agricultural circles within the past decade as a solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production. Biochar is created from biomass through a process called pyrolysis – high te...

Zipcar aims to better student life on campus

By Carrie Bresnahan

September 19, 2013

Filed under Business, Campus News, News, Science & Technology

Having a car on campus can be expensive. The hourly rental car-sharing service Zipcar, however, has arrived on campus to aid students who require a car for their everyday lives. This fall, the University of Massachusetts i...

UMass astronomer solves mystery of Milky Way’s black hole

By David Barnstone

September 19, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Env. & Tech., News, Science & Technology

While most astronomers agree that a massive black hole sits at the center of every major galaxy in the universe, it is less clear how the gravitational pull of these regions interacts with the matter surrounding them. Now, an international team of scientists led by University of Mass...

NESCI conducts Twitter-based study determining mood of entire city

By Catherine Ferris

September 18, 2013

Filed under Env. & Tech., News, Science & Technology

The ability to map the mood of an entire city may seem far-fetched, but with the use of social media—specifically Twitter—research company New England Complex Systems Institute made it happen.   Karla Bertrand of NESCI press relations said that the institute focused on spatia...

UMass graduate wins food science competition

By Mary Reines

September 5, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Env. & Tech., News, Science & Technology

A faster way to detect pesticide residue was discovered by University of Massachusetts Honors graduate Wisiani Wijaya. She won first place at the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association’s (IFTSA) undergraduate research competition in July. What once took hours...

UMass engineer gets Department of Energy funding to improve chemical reactions in fuel cells

By David Barnstone

September 5, 2013

Filed under Campus News, News, Science & Technology

Now, some of that money is coming to support the work of one engineer at the University of Massachusetts who is trying to understand the fundamental science of fuel cells and use that knowledge to suggest ways to make them less...