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Download: Deadly Tick-Borne Diseases in Cattle and Molten Salt Batteries

In the spring of 2021, Cynthia and John Grano, who own a cattle ranch in Culpeper County, Virginia, began noticing that some of their cows were slowing down and acting “awkward.” They believe the animals suffer from a common infectious disease that causes anemia in cattle. But their veterinarian warned them that another disease, carried by the parasite, was spreading rapidly in the area.

After the third cow died, Granos decided to do a blood test on it. Sure enough, the test came back positive for a disease: Theileria. Cows keep dying because there are no treatments available.

Cattle owners like Granos are not alone. Livestock producers across the United States are dealing with this new, unfamiliar disease without much information. Researchers still don’t know how Theileria will spread, even as it rapidly spreads west across the country. If states fail to control the disease, nationwide production losses from sick cattle could seriously damage individual businesses and the industry as a whole. Read the full text.

—Britta Lokting

Super-hot salt might get into you Batteries Nearby

The world is building more renewable energy capacity, especially weather-dependent solar and wind. But for renewable energy to really work, we need better storage options. This is where batteries come in. And, there is a wave of alternative chemistries that is slowly infiltrating the growing energy storage market.

Some of these new players may end up being cheaper (and in every way better) than industry-standard lithium-ion batteries. The most promising of these is molten-salt technology, which Ambri, a Boston-area startup, believes could cost 50 percent less over its lifetime than an equivalent lithium-ion system.

But, like its competitors experimenting with other forms of energy storage, Ambri faces real adoption hurdles, of which scaling is major and ever present obstacles. Read the full text.

—Casey Crownhart

Casey’s story comes from The Spark, her weekly newsletter covering battery breakthroughs and other climate news. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Wednesday.

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“Ireland is really betting farms on the future of technology . . . at the expense of almost everything else.”

—Mark O’Connell, Executive Chairman and Founder, OCO Global, a trade and investment-focused advisory firm Connell, told the Financial Times why mass job cuts in tech would hit Ireland particularly hard.

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Bright LEDs can herald the end of dark skies

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August 2022

For years, scientists have known that light pollution is increasing and harming humans and wildlife. In humans, increased nighttime light exposure disrupts sleep cycles and has been linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease, while in wild animals, reproductive patterns are disrupted, increased danger and reduced stealth.

Astronomers, policy makers and lighting experts are all trying to find ways to reduce light pollution. Many of them advocate light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in outdoor installations such as city streetlights, primarily because of their ability to direct light to targeted areas. But the high initial investment and durability of modern LEDs means cities need to get the transition right the first time or face decades-long consequences. Read the full text.

—Shel Evergreen

We can still have nice things

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