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Dr. Donald Hopkins

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped wipe smallpox from the planet. He won’t rest until he’s done the same for Guinea worm disease.

As special advisor for Guinea worm eradication at the Atlanta-based Carter Center, Hopkins insists the end is close and says he won’t retire until Guinea worm is completely wiped from the planet. “There’s no way I can stop,” he says. “I've got the tiger by the tail and I can’t let go.”
Georgia State University rare materials

An unexpected discovery in Middle Georgia: Rare-earth elements used in everything from smartphones to X-ray machines

When Georgia State University graduate student Danny Gardner looked into materials mined near the town of Sandersville he discovered an incredibly high concentration of kaolin and valuable rare-earth elements used in cellphones, computers, television screens, fiber optics, and x-ray machines.

The hunt for Atlanta’s friendly black coyote

Can Carmine's saga help change our minds about his species?
Driverless Cars

Driverless cars are coming to Atlanta. Are we ready?

The civic transformation ushered in by driverless cars could revolutionize the way Atlanta’s buildings and roads are designed, as well as upend how people move around a car-centric metro region. Eventually it might even do away with car ownership altogether.
Coyotoes

Coyote howls have you cowering? Don’t fear, says this Atlanta advocacy group

Coyotes have been documented in every county in Georgia. Last year, concerns prompted state officials to launch the Georgia Coyote Challenge, a program to trap or kill more of the animals. But the Atlanta Coyote Project believes the program is inhumane and counterproductive.

Emory Proton Therapy Center opens, bringing a new-age tool to the battle with cancer

When the Emory Proton Therapy Center opened its doors on Thursday, it was already a symbol of triumph over challenges. The center—which provides proton therapy to treat cancer and is especially beneficial for treating tumors of the lungs, back and spine, and head and neck—is the first and only facility of its kind in the state. There are 29 other such centers in the United States and another 23 under construction or in planning stages. With five treatment rooms, Emory’s center is among the largest.
Renewable Energy

Atlanta leaders want to power the city with 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Can it be done?

Can a growing urban center of Atlanta’s size really part ways with fossil fuels in the next 17 years? Yes, experts say. But it won’t be easy. It'll take a combined effort with local businesses and energy providers such as Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility and the sole electricity provider for metro Atlanta.
SunTrust Park rain delays

Why so many Atlanta Braves rain delays? Science could explain.

Atlanta Braves home games have faced plenty of rain delays since the move to Cobb County. Why? A recent University of North Carolina and University of Georgia study about rainfall patterns around Atlanta could hold a clue.

Study: Atlanta is a hotbed of summer thunderstorms

Atlanta summers follow a predictable cycle: muggy mornings, sweltering afternoons, stormy evenings. Think thunder rumbles here more than elsewhere? You’re not imagining things. Atlanta “births” storms frequently, according to an analysis of 26,000 Southeastern storm starts.

Social Circle solar farm harvests clean energy

Agriculture still drives much of Georgia’s economy, but workers on one of the state’s newest farms harvest energy, not peaches or peanuts. A former cotton farm in Social Circle, about forty-five miles east of Atlanta, has been converted to Simon Solar, one of the largest solar farms in the United States. Steve Ivey, whose family has owned the land since the 1930s, has covered 150 of its 250 acres with panels that can produce approximately thirty megawatts of energy—or enough to power 4,130 homes for a month. Georgia Power is buying the electricity generated from the farm under a twenty-year power purchase agreement.

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