Documents in a lawsuit filed by former Microsoft employee Katherine Moussouris say the company received 238 complaints from women from 2010 to 2016 detailing sexual harassment, gender and pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation. Moussouris filed the lawsuit in 2015, but two others have since joined the suit, and attorneys are seeking class-action status.
Regulations that led to the cleanup of toxic, corrosive and noxious waterways in the Philadelphia region decades ago are now under attack and must be defended, write Scott Cooper and Matt Rader. Citing the example of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Cooper and Rader write that "[w]e must search out opportunities for collaboration and secure additional funding (through public and private sources) to implement restoration and protection efforts."
The gray infrastructure set up to protect against flooding in the Houston-Harris County region is gradually revealing its limits, write Loren Raun and Deborah January-Bevers. A better solution may lie in funding restoration and regular cleanup, as well as nature-based land use, whose cost-benefit ratio "can be substantially greater than maintaining 'gray infrastructure' equivalents."
Rising stream temperatures and changes in stream chemistry are among the consequences of changing weather patterns that can step up channel erosion due to destabilized soil colloids. A study looks at these factors and notes the vital role of water chemistry in cohesive streambank erosion rates and suggests that channel protection measures should include controls for stream temperature.
Pioneering research to gauge nitrogen cycling in stormwater ponds in the coastal Southeast finds that the ponds are not serving as expected by removing nitrogen from the water that enters. In fact, during the summer, the ponds actually add nitrogen.
Residents of Lower Burrell, Pa., learned recently that MS4 requirements mean the city will need to curb stormwater entering the city's sanitary sewer system by 30%; they also addressed the flash flood problem that periodically inundates Kinlock residents' yards. These issues emerged at a public hearing on MS4 as part of required public outreach.
Cuts in federal spending for coastal resilience are heightening the debate over how to use the funding available for Staten Island's shores. At issue are the $9.3 million Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project and the $60 million Living Breakwaters Project.
A fairly simple robot developed by a team led by Diego Felipe Paez Granados at Japan's Tohoku University is graceful enough on the dance floor to teach the basics of dance to human students. The sensor and laser-rangefinder-equipped robot consists of a tripod atop a three-wheeled base, allowing for freedom of movement that broadly mimics a male dancer.
NASA has begun assembling an updated and more ambitious version of the Mars rover Curiosity as part of its preparation for a scheduled mission to the red planet in 2021. The Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) phase of the project includes the mission's rocket-powered descent stage as well as the SUV-sized rover, which will be powered by a plutonium-fueled nuclear radio-thermal generator.
Research in cell therapy goes only so far, and now an engineering consortium is working on the means to manufacture and introduce the promising therapy on a mass scale. Georgia Tech is leading the effort, which now includes a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support a new center for engineering research in the field.