Sci/Tech News for New Jersey Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:45:23 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Big Plans for Liberty Science Center Expansion liberty_opt_copyBY ERIC GUNDERSEN

JERSEY CITY – The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) this week officially designated Liberty Science Center as the master developer for 16 acres of city-owned land adjacent to Liberty Science Center. This is the first and significant step in a commitment to support Liberty Science Center as the premier not-for-profit interactive science and technology center in the region. The land that the City has committed to this project is valued at more than $20 million dollars.

“The City designating this land to Liberty Science Center is a major departure from past practices of selling property to private developers and instead speaks to the City’s commitment to growing Liberty Science Center as we create a world class city,” said Mayor Steven M. Fulop.

Advancing the Fulop Administration’s vision of making Jersey City a leader for job growth and a magnet for new industries, Mayor Fulop and Liberty Science Center President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Hoffman announced today an ambitious plan to create a comprehensive science and technology campus in Jersey City.

Science updates Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:01:54 +0000
Geology takes Spotlight as Rutgers Museum Presents Open House geology_optBY CARL BLESCH

The Rutgers Geology Museum’s 47th annual open house, featuring general-interest presentations by scientists, rock and mineral identification programs, a mineral sale and hands-on activities for children will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The place to be is Scott Hall, 43 College Ave., and the Geology Museum, corner of College Avenue and Somerset Street, on Rutgers University’s College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick, N.J. Specific room assignments for each event can be found by following the open house link under the events tab at

The following general-interest presentations about contemporary research are scheduled:

* A Dip in the Ocean: An Interactive Exploration of How the Ocean Impacts You and How You Impact the Ocean, Janice McDonnell, Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers. 10 a.m.

Science updates Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:52:24 +0000
Be Wary, New Jersey: Sea Levels Rising Much Faster Along the East Coast searising_optBY KIRK MOORE

Global sea-level has been rising about 2.5 times faster during the past 20 years than it has for the preceding eight decades of the 20th century, according to a newly published study in the journal Nature.

Researchers at Rutgers and Harvard universities found that between 1901 and 1990 sea-level rose at a rate of about 1.2 millimeters per year, compared to about 1.5 millimeters as calculated in earlier estimates. The scientists say that sea levels are now rising at a rate of 3 millimeters every year.

The new research, “Probabilistic Reanalysis of 20th-century Sea-level Rise,” takes a new look at global tide gauge data. Using a combination of computer modeling and statistical analysis, the researchers sought to close data gaps in accounting for the sources of sea-level rise.

Science updates Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:47:15 +0000
The Bald Eagle Making a Tremendous Comeback baldeagle_optBY MICHELE S. BYERS

It was only 30 to 40 years ago that things were looking grim for bald eagles in this state we’re in. Populations were plummeting across the United States due to pesticides. Eagles had all but vanished from New Jersey, with just a single nesting pair from 1970 to 1980.

But this iconic bird has made a remarkable comeback, thanks to a national ban on the pesticide DDT and the restoration efforts of wildlife biologists. By last year, New Jersey’s population was up to 156 territorial pairs, with 201 chicks hatched.

This rebound is true cause for celebration, and that’s exactly what’s happening right now!

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, which supports the state’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program, has declared January the “Month of the Eagle.”

In addition, Conserve Wildlife biologist Larissa Smith has recruited volunteers from across the state to monitor known eagle nesting sites. “Basically, they go out once a week and let us know what they see,” she explained.

Science updates Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:47:30 +0000

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced on Wednesday that the Port Authority is tabling indefinitely its plan to eliminate overnight PATH service.

Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman Prieto secured the commitment from Port Authority Chairman John Degnan after they met with Mr. Degnan – a meeting that Senator Sweeney and Speaker Prieto arranged when they each reached out to Mr. Degnan.

“Solving problems requires leadership, negotiation and open communication, and we would like to thank Chairman Degnan for his willingness to work with us to resolve this important issue by working together,” Senator Sweeney said.

Science updates Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:51:30 +0000
Super Ice Breakers: The Coast Guard Braces for Winter coastguard_optBY NICK AMEEN

All the leaves have fallen. Nature’s autumnal palette of vibrant colors has faded away. The water’s surface will slowly turn to ice.

The Coast Guard stands ready to break it.

The artery that is the Delaware River provides the means to deliver goods, both needed for survival and the enjoyment of life. When that passage ceases to flow, the Coast Guard takes action.

Homeported in the City of Brotherly Love are two Coast Guard cutters, 65 feet in length, that bear the names Capstan and Cleat. A crew of seven complements each of these small-harbor tugs, carrying out ice operations — one of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions.

Science updates Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:19:33 +0000
N.J. Legislation Focuses on Helping State Facilities Go Green eustace_opt_copyBY JENNIFER SCIORTINO

TRENTON – Assemblyman Tim Eustace has introduced legislation to help the State of New Jersey “go green” by maximizing the environmental sustainability of every state office facility.

Specifically, the bill (A-4047) would create an Office of Sustainability in the Department of the Treasury that would be responsible for developing and implementing environmental sustainability measures in all state buildings and coordinating with the owners of property in which state agencies are located in an effort to implement environmental sustainability practices in those buildings.

“Pursuing sustainability, and the healthier, non-toxic, energy efficient products that go along with it, will ultimately improve the quality of life for everyone throughout New Jersey,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). “This approach should also be embraced as a responsible economic tool given the cost savings associated with sustainable materials. This is a sound, long-term investment for our future.”

Science updates Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:12:58 +0000
Keep the Shore Free of LNG nolng_optBY DOUG O'MALLEY

It's a new year, and if you're like me, you might be already struggling to keep your resolutions.

But here's a resolution that should be easy to keep – let's keep the Jersey Shore free of industrial liquefied natural gas (LNG) ports. New Jersey's leaders have said no to doubling down on a fossil fuel facility off the Jersey Shore before, but the federal government is still pushing ahead.

RSVP here for the only public hearing, Thursday, January 8, in Eatontown at 6 p.m., to say no to a LNG facility off the Jersey Shore.

Science updates Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:30:32 +0000
Make Some ‘Green’ Resolutions in 2015 byers_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY MICHELE S. BYERS

It’s that time again, when the slate is wiped clean and we resolve to do things better in the new year.

So how about resolving to reduce your impact on the Earth? It’s clear that major changes are needed worldwide in the way we use energy and natural resources.

Bringing about sweeping changes may sound overwhelming, but individuals can and do make a difference! Never underestimate the impact one person can make by changing habits and committing to a greener footprint.

Science updates Sat, 03 Jan 2015 01:23:33 +0000
Traffic Safety Coalition Video Urges New Jersey to Adopt Red Light Cameras Permanently RED2_opt_copyBY JUDY POKRAS

Now that the state’s red light camera program officially ended last week, the Traffic Safety Coalition (TSC) has released a video urging viewers to ask state legislators to make a New Year’s resolution to make New Jersey’s red light camera program permanent, as Larry Higgs writes for NJ Advance Media for The video warns that driving will be more dangerous without the red light cameras, Higgs notes.

There are two bills seeking to make the red light camera program permanent in the state, while one bill seeks to end it, Higgs reports. One bill would make the red light camera program permanent if and when it is approved by the state’s Department of Transportation, Higgs writes in another article, and there is another suggestion that if the program continues, the cameras should be high-resolution ones so that drivers can be clearly identified before they are ticketed.

Science updates Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:31:03 +0000