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January 30, 2015

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10:45 AM | An Odd Hypothesis About Bubbles Could Finally Lead to Nuclear Fusion
Nuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the process use high-intensity lasers, insane magnetic field and super-hot hydrogen plasmas. But there may be a more humble alternative. It's called sonofusion, and it involves bubbles.Read more...
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3:00 AM | Fish Food Turned into Two New Biofuels
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food could become a future source of biofuel, according to a new study. The research team, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, has pioneered a technique that uses a single species of algae called Isochrysis to make […] The post Fish Food Turned into Two New Biofuels appeared first on EH Science.
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12:35 AM | How to Use Feng Shui to Enhance Love, Clarity, and Energy
Looking to create more love, wealth or clarity in your life? Then watch today’s episode of Conscious Living ®, where Feng Shui practitioner and organizational expert Linda Pisani draws on this 5,000+ year art form to share simple, easy tips for clearing clutter, increasing “chi” or energy flow in your environment, and transforming any space […]

January 29, 2015

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4:30 PM | First Public Lighting System that Runs on Solar and Wind...
First Public Lighting System that Runs on Solar and Wind Energy …This system, developed after four years of research, is designed for inter-urban roads, motorways, urban parks and other public areas. It is unique in the world and reduces the cost by 20% compared with conventional public lighting systems Gotta say, I think this is pretty rad. One more step for alternative energies, and distributed power systems. And the publicity and awareness of alternative energies it offers. (That […]
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1:18 PM | What is the World’s Busiest Airport?
Is it Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, or Dubai International? Both apparently. But it depends on the metric. If you go by number of flights, then O’Hare is the world’s busiest airport... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:26 AM | Following the Oil Trail: From Alberta to British Columbia
VANCOUVER, BC – It’s nearing the end of January, and I am close to four months into my storytelling project, documenting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that will carry oil from the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast. From the oil boom town of Fort McMurray, where the oil is…
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1:26 AM | Following the Oil Trail: From Alberta to British Columbia
VANCOUVER, BC – It’s nearing the end of January, and I am close to four months into my storytelling project, documenting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that will carry oil from the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast. From the oil boom town of Fort McMurray, where the oil is…
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12:12 AM | Battery Leasing And Better Charging Will Make Electric Cars Popular
Electric cars are fine for people who have another car as a back-up or who only make short trips or who are not afraid of a little charge rage in the office parking lot.For everyone else, electric cars only work if they are heavily subsidized. To become mainstream, and not just toys for elites like a Tesla, batteries need to get battery or they need to be leased. Otherwise, they remain in the realm of well-connected CEOs who get gigantic government subsidies to set up shop - like […]

January 27, 2015

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10:24 PM | A Climate Hawk Separates Energy Thought Experiments from Road Maps
A progressive "climate hawk" says simplified road maps for solving the climate challenge are counterproductive.

January 26, 2015

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11:16 AM | How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? Podcast
Are scientific and industrial ideas about commercial nuclear fusion reactors in the near future just wishful thinking? Continue reading...

January 23, 2015

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11:52 PM | Fracking and climate change: solution or cause?
Hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” has reshaped energy in North America in the last decade - making it possible to extract oil and natural gas from traditionally hard areas to drill. Whether the emergence of this technique is for better or worse is still a hotly debated topic.Proponents argue that along with more affordable and domestic energy, fracking decreases greenhouse gas emissions, therefore slowing climate change.  A recent modelby the Pacific Northwest […]
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10:38 PM | Friday Rocks
Ok, it’s time to push the big blue bear down the page. Programming note: We here at VatulBlog World HQ are still lying on the floor in the fetal position reeling from the decision made by the Green Bay Packers not to play the last five minutes of the NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks. […]
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10:38 PM | Friday Rocks
Ok, it’s time to push the big blue bear down the page. Programming note: We here at VatulBlog World HQ are still lying on the floor in the fetal position reeling from the decision made by the Green Bay Packers not to play the last five minutes of the NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks. […]

January 21, 2015

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10:04 PM | Wind Turbine Studies: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
The debate over wind turbines is heated, so it's best to rely on solid science. Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NCBy Jacqui Hoepner, Australian National University and Will J Grant, Australian National University read more
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3:59 PM | Eyes on Environment Guest Post: Not all renewables are created equal
I’m excited to announce that my first guest post on the Eyes on Environment blog, part of Nature’s Scitable Network, has been posted!  See the beginning of the post below… —– The world is warming at rates not seen on … Continue reading →
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3:28 PM | A test of Jevons paradox in energy use: Falling gas prices
Gas prices have fallen to nearly half (or more depending on your starting point) in recent months. Therefore, according to Jevons Paradox, which does indeed appear to exist sans apostrophe, use of gas should have gone up. It did, but only by 1%. So, we are not impressed with Jevons paradox.
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3:00 PM | Quantum Thermodynamics V: Photocells
Sunlight is the most important energy source of Earth. All earthlings live thanks to the ability of plants and bacteria to transform solar energy into […] Read more The post Quantum Thermodynamics V: Photocells appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Materials for caging the Sun on Earth The coffee-ring effect Carbon nanotubes to study neuron activity

January 20, 2015

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8:43 PM | “Few things threaten America’s future prosperity more than climate change.”
The title of this post is the beginning of a more extensive comment, as follows: Few things threaten America’s future prosperity more than climate change. But there is growing hope. Every 2.5 minutes of every single day, the U.S. solar industry is helping to fight this battle by flipping the switch on another completed solar…
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7:00 PM | New Polymer Gel Stores Light Energy
Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, said Aristotle. That certainly applies to biology, where molecular motions in living systems have a macroscale effect - such as large muscles that contract due to protein motors.A team at CNRS's Institut Charles Sadron led by Nicolas Giuseppone, professor at the Université de Strasbourg has  used this concero to make a polymer gel that is able to contract through the action of artificial molecular motors. When activated by […]
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12:32 AM | Menage-a-trois no more: new design removes need for conductive additives and polymers in battery electrodes
Battery electrode design has always required a menage-a-trois: an active material or catalyst, a conductive additive, and a polymer binder to keep everyone together.  Unfortunately, constructing batteries this way limits their energy density because it increases material mass and processing steps.  But a … Continue reading →

Kirshenbaum, K., Bock, D., Lee, C., Zhong, Z., Takeuchi, K., Marschilok, A. & Takeuchi, E. (2015). In situ visualization of Li/Ag2VP2O8 batteries revealing rate-dependent discharge mechanism, Science, 347 (6218) 149-154. DOI: 10.1126/science.1257289

Dudney, N. & Li, J. (2015). Using all energy in a battery, Science, 347 (6218) 131-132. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa2870

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January 19, 2015

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10:19 PM | NEW VIDEO! There’s No Such Thing As Cold I don’t...
NEW VIDEO! There’s No Such Thing As Cold I don’t care if you can feel it. Physics says it ain’t a thing! In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart you’l discover that the universe is really a super-greedy thing that wants to take all your energy, and that life, the universe, and everything are all about that jiggle. Enjoy!

January 18, 2015

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11:46 PM | Smart Air Vents - One Step Further for the Smart Home While...
Smart Air Vents - One Step Further for the Smart Home While products like the Nest thermostat are helping make houses smarter on the whole - and saving money and energy - they could go farther. That’s where “Keen Home” comes in. This system helps intelligently regulate the temperature in each individual room, which is terrifically useful, since one doesn’t need, nor necessarily want, every room in a building to have the same temperature. I wouldn’t call this a […]

January 17, 2015

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7:28 AM | Flying over the Himalayas
I listened to a really interesting story on NPR this morning about new discoveries regarding the flight patterns of bar-headed geese. These birds are known for their incredible ability to fly over the Himalayas on their annual migration to central Asia. Until now, it was often assumed that the birds reached a specific altitude and then simply…

January 16, 2015

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4:30 PM | Springfield? Photos & Gif By David...
Springfield? Photos & Gif By David Hanjani www.photographyofdavidhanjani.tumblr.com ~~~~ Hey, cool submission, thanks. I’ve actually been pretty interested in nuclear power lately, esp since a recent TED talk about achieving nuclear fusion using synchronized hammer strikes (x), as well as a recent announcement by Lockheed Martin that they’re working on a fusion prototype as well (x).
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12:00 PM | Could Fracking Cause a Major Earthquake?
Disposing of waste water from fracked wells and other energy industry drilling might cause a seismic catastrophe, say experts.

January 15, 2015

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10:30 PM | California Takes Lead in Developing Energy Storage
California is quickly becoming a leader in renewable energy storage development as the state sets a climate goal of obtaining 50 percent of power from clean sources.
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9:45 PM | House and Senate Votes, Court Decision Shorten Road to Keystone Decision
On Monday the Senate passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline in a procedural vote just shy of the 67 votes needed to override a veto, setting up what could be an extensive debate on energy policy and climate in next year’s presidential election. The move followed a bipartisan vote in which the House…
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3:22 AM | Wats in Luang Prabang
We have been in Lao for several days now after celebrating New Years from 30,000 feet. Although mostly Buddhist, the holiday attitude has reached this country and many of the offices are closed. Unable to meet with our government counterparts, we travel north to the former Capitol of Luang Prubang to develop new partners with…
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2:38 AM | 5 ways high-tech light bulbs can brighten up your life
We're taking a look at five new types of lights bulbs that are bringing the sexy back into lighting
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2:38 AM | 5 ways high-tech light bulbs can brighten up your life
We're taking a look at five new types of lights bulbs that are bringing the sexy back into lighting
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