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October 20, 2014

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10:55 AM | What is a flow cell?
Redox flow batteries were patented in 1976 for NASA...
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3:30 AM | More Electricity In Developing Nations Had Little Impact On Climate Change
Without question American CO2 emissions have plummeted, even after being driven into more coal usage due to political concerns about nuclear energy. Cleaner natural gas made the difference but environmental critics say the energy emissions burden simply shifted to developing nations - poor people can't have air conditioning.  Yet a new study in Nature Climate Change shows that environmentalists don't need to be criticizing the world's poor.  Improving household electricity access in […]

October 19, 2014

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7:05 AM | Understanding Quantum Tunnelling | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics
Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Heres how it worksThe recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion reactor could be built soon is, if true, a breakthrough in engineering rather than basic physics. The basic physics of fusion has been known for some time, and a key element of understanding it is […]

October 18, 2014

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3:00 PM | Graphene-like substance generates electricity when stretched
Researchers find this sheet—a single molecule thick—produces electricity when flexed.
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4:00 AM | A Single Breakthrough That Could Cut Costs on Solar Energy by 25%
Costs on solar are coming down steeply, and now they're about to get even cheaper. A group of chemists at Ohio State University has invented a solar panel that stores energy without an external battery. The self-contained tuner/capacitor panels are already being licensed to industry.Read more...

October 17, 2014

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3:27 PM | Sage Grouse and Oil Drilling Can Co-Exist, Says New Report
Conservation groups and energy-development companies have been at odds the last few years over an odd, dancing bird called the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). These land-based birds... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:00 AM | Ann Chen: Identifying the Zeitgeist of Canada’s Proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline
Alberta, Canada — 731. This is the length in miles of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that will carry bitumen oil products extracted from the oil sands of northern Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. From there the oil will be exported by oil tankers to a demanding global market. For the next…
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4:03 AM | Tell me s’more: Five alternate ways to charge your mobile phone
In 1973 when Motorola engineer Martin Cooper created the first mobile phone prototype it weighed around 1.1 kilos (iPhone 6 weighs 129 grams) and had enough power for 20 minutes of talk time before requiring a ten-hour recharge. But back in the day that wasn’t an issue because most people weren’t strong enough to keep […]
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4:03 AM | Tell me s’more: Five alternate ways to charge your mobile phone
In 1973 when Motorola engineer Martin Cooper created the first mobile phone prototype it weighed around 1.1 kilos (iPhone 6 weighs 129 grams) and had enough power for 20 minutes of talk time before requiring a ten-hour recharge. But back in the day that wasn’t an issue because most people weren’t strong enough to keep […]

October 16, 2014

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7:57 PM | Explore the Story of Your Life On Earth Like Never Before, Courtesy of the BBC
I was going through my daily ritual of internet surfing this morning when I stumbled upon something that I thought was really cool. The BBC has put together an interactive page that tells the story of your life in a creative new way that’s both intriguing and informative. You start out by entering your date of birth: Once you’ve done that, BBC gives you access to a wealth of awesome information. The first section shows how you have changed. In this section, you
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7:49 PM | U.S., Military to Plan More Strategically for Climate Change
Climate change is a “threat multiplier” and worse than many of the challenges the U.S. military is already grappling with, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The New York Times indicated that the report marks a departure from the DoD’s previous focus on preparing bases to adapt to climate…
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3:35 PM | Offshore Oil Rigs Are Turning Into Fish Condos
Fish are flocking to the structures beneath oil drilling platforms, and turning them into living spaces. Continue reading →
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2:23 PM | This Student Designs Jewelry That Turns Your Veins Into A Power Source (Video)
We’ve all been there: running out of power on your cell-phone with no prospect of a charger in the near future. It’s one of the most frightening possible scenarios for a lot of people these days. Naomi Kizhner, an Israeli graduate student, may have solved that problem. Naomi designs jewelry that harnesses your body’s energy to generate electrical power. Some of her devices are a little bit creepy- they are embedded into the wearer’s veins, and then use the […]
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12:30 PM | Lockheed Martin’s Fusion Reactor
Since I recently covered the new claims being made for the E-cat cold fusion device (which, in my opinion, is almost certainly bogus), I found it interesting that Lockheed Martin recently produced details for their research into a hot fusion reactor. Their research team, called the Skunk Works, have been working on a new design [...]
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9:11 AM | DNews: Nobel for LED Tech Puts Bulbs in Global Spotlight
The scientists behind the design of LED light bulbs have snared the Nobel Prize for physics. What can LEDs do to brighten lives in first through third worlds?
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12:40 AM | Lockheed May Have Just Made A HUGE Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion
Earlier today (10/15), Lockheed Martin announced that they had achieved a technological breakthrough that makes it possible to generate energy via nuclear fusion. They also said that their new fusion reactors could be ready in as little as 10 years. Tom McGuire, an aeronautical engineer, leads the project. According to McGuire, Lockheed has been working on the project for about four years in its Skunk Works department (an alias for their classified advanced development […]

October 15, 2014

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9:55 PM | Lockheed Says It'll Have A Truck-Sized Fusion Reactor In 10 Years
American defense contractor Lockheed Martin has issued a statement declaring it has made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. It's hoping to have a prototype ready in five years — and a small, functional unit ready by 2024. Read more...
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7:07 PM | Natural Gas Boom Has Caused American CO2 To Plummet - But Not The World's
Natural gas finally fulfilled its environmental promise this century. Long touted by environmentalists for being much cleaner than coal, hydraulic fracturing - fracking - made it economically viable as well. The resulting boom also offset the lingering economic malaise in America for states, like Pennsylvania, that embraced it. Poor people could still afford energy but CO2 emissions went back to early 1990s levels, while coal, which had skyrocketed in use when nuclear energy was banned in […]
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5:00 PM | Fracking Makes Climate Change Worse, Not Better
The natural gas boom, even though it burns cleaner, will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long-term, a big new study reports.
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1:37 PM | David Roberts Questions Naomi Klein’s Capitalism-Focused Climate Quest
Naomi Klein says climate campaigners should attack capitalism because it already is a popular target.

October 14, 2014

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10:45 PM | Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes
Some 400 micro-earthquakes near the town of Canton, Ohio, are connected to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wells.
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3:00 AM | Taking a measured approach to CSG
CSIRO through the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) is undertaking a comprehensive study of methane seeps in the Surat basin. By Tsuey Cham Our scientists are taking to the sky above the Surat basin in south-west Queensland to answer a big question – is coal seam gas (CSG) green? Not literally green, […]

October 10, 2014

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8:55 PM | Is Wind Energy Worth It? via asapscience: We made this other...
Is Wind Energy Worth It? via asapscience: We made this other video as an accompaniment to our energy facts vid, showcasing our trip to Munich to hang out at the GE labs and learn more about wind turbine energy… Needless to say, we’re “big fans.” 
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7:45 PM | US edges closer to energy independence
Demand outstripped supply by the lowest level in 30 years.
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10:00 AM | Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
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10:00 AM | Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

October 09, 2014

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8:06 PM | Check out these Amazing Energy Facts To Blow Your Mind! via...
Check out these Amazing Energy Facts To Blow Your Mind! via asapscience: Here are some amazing facts about energy to shock your brain!
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5:49 PM | Studies Focus on Warming of Oceans
Oceans absorb carbon dioxide and 90 percent of the heat caused by human activity—making their warming a critical topic for climate research. Two new studies—one on the upper oceans and one on deeper ocean depths—share findings about climate change’s effect on these water bodies. The first study, in the journal Nature Climate Change, provides the first estimate of…

October 08, 2014

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2:28 PM | Making lots of renewable energy equipment doesn’t boost pollution
But we'd need to produce twice as much copper as we currently do.
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3:01 AM | The Long Bright Path to the Nobel Prize for LED Lighting
A Nobel Prize for the breakthrough behind the LED light bulb honors a long lineage of inquiry.
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