One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.
There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."
International nuclear weapons inspectors are preparing to get a closer look at two Iranian facilities long suspected of having the capability of producing nuclear weapons. An agreement worked out Monday, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, failed to gain access to one of the most controversial sites, the Parchin military site, southwest of Tehran. The New York Times reports:
At a media unveiling Wednesday UC researchers spelled out the specifics of the agreement with NASA. The Space Act Agreement, signed with NASA's Ames Research Center in California, clears the way for collaboration in four key areas:
Intelligent Systems and Structures (unmanned aerial vehicles)
Nanomedicine and Biomedicine
Environment and Sustainability
Analytics and Cyber Security
UC students will also have access to the Ames wind tunnel, the largest in the world.
GE Aviation and University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) have signed an agreement to collaborateat the new GE Aviation Research Center in Evendale and its three labs. GE says, "the scope of this agreement marks a first in Ohio between a leading aerospace company and a leading university research institute."