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‘We’ve fallen off a cliff’: Scientists have never seen so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring

In the middle of February, one-third of the ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska’s West Coast vanished within a week when an enormous pulse of heat …

Global Warming

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold

By Chris Mooney<p>Chris Mooney<p>Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the …

Business

California Faces a Future of Extreme Weather

By Tim Radford<p>Life is about to become uncomfortable for 40 million people in turbulent California. The citizens of the golden state face a future of …

If sea slugs take ‘eternal energy’ from algae, can we?

Certain sea slugs suck raw materials from algae to provide a lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to new research. That’s kind of like …

The Surprising Solution To The Global Water Crisis: Solar Power

It’s a universal, and undeniable fact that water is a basic need for human life. The average person needs to consume half a gallon (or 2 liters) of water daily to stay healthy. Yet many across the world don’t even have access to clean drinking water.<p>According to the World Health Organization (WHO) …

Our fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that.

Iceland is cold. But it sits atop one of the world’s hottest underground regions, giving the country the ability to tap into a massive store of geothermal energy held by live volcanoes beneath Icelanders’ feet. Drill down only a few hundred meters, and trapped water will come gushing out as …

These solar panels can pull clean drinking water out of the air — and they've spread to 12 countries around the world

Around the world, approximately 2.1 billion people do not have immediate access to clean drinking water.<p>A startup called Zero Mass Water aims to make clean water easily accessible to more people around the world. In 2015, it launched its first product, Source — a solar panel array that harvests and …

Quantum entanglement, science’s ‘spookiest’ phenomenon, achieved in space

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Imagine you are a photon, a packet of light. You are a tiny blip of energy, hurtling through the universe on your own. But you have a twin, another photon to whom you have been intimately connected since the day you were …

Quantum Physics

China’s Tencent bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla

Tencent, a Chinese internet giant, is also an investor in Chinese ride-hail player Didi Chuxing.<p>Tencent, owner of the massive Chinese messaging app WeChat, has bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla, according to a filing published Tuesday. The company paid $1.8 billion for the stake, about 8.2 million …

Toyota is building a flying car to light the Olympic torch in 2020 — here's a closer look

The Japanese automaker is making a flying car with the ultimate goal of using it to light the torch at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.<p>Toyota unveiled a working prototype of its flying car to journalists on Monday. Scroll down for a closer look:

Tesla to power 'almost all' Superchargers with solar after disconnecting them from the grid

Tesla wants the world to switch to renewable energy – and the company is leading by example by taking “almost all” of its Superchargers off the grid. …

China’s energy strategy: power and independence

What are the implications of China’s announcement last week that it will be spending $360m over the next four years to build up its renewable energy …

Airbus CEO sees 'flying car' prototype ready by end of year

MUNICH (Reuters) - Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group’s chief executive said on Monday.<p>Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders speaks during a news conference on the aerospace …

This Startup Uses A Particle Accelerator To Make Solar Panels Much, Much Cheaper

Using a particle accelerator–a machine that speeds up sub-atomic particles to nearly the speed of light–Rayton Solar slices up ultra-precise pieces …

Solar installations overtaking all other conventional energy sources in the U.S.

It looks like 2016 may be solar energy’s time in the sun.<p>Not only did the U.S. have more new solar capacity additions — mainly installations of solar …

Solar Energy Is Now as Cheap as Fossil Fuels

<b>Exponential Finance</b> <i>celebrates the incredible opportunity at the intersection of technology and finance.</i><p>“We are now hitting a crossover point where …

A New Solar Cell Converts The Sun’s Heat Into Usable Energy

This could double the amount of power that solar panels produce<p>The sun gives us so much, providing both lighting and heating for our planet. We try to take advantage of this constant stream of power by using solar panels to convert light into electrical energy. It's a bright idea. But, could we be …

Countries are turning to solar power to turn saltwater into drinkable water

Run by an array of solar panels and batteries, the system will produce about 13,200 gallons of drinking water a day for use on site.<p>That's insignificant compared with desalination plants elsewhere, but it's a start toward answering a pressing question: can countries stop burning fossil fuels to …

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.<p>Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than …

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The World's Largest Coal Supplier Is Building a Giant Solar Plant

I suspect the Germans have an overwrought seven-syllable word for extreme irony, but even they’d have a hard time describing this. The Shenhua Group, …

mPower aims for lightest, most powerful portable solar generator

<b>This mobile energy source includes solar panels, battery, and power inverter, all in a single, easy to transport package, for access to clean energy</b> …

NASA Invests Into Solar Electric Propulsion For Space Exploration

Aerojet Rocket has been selected by NASA to develop a Solar Electric Propulsion system and the project is worth $67m. It will be used for robotic …

Patents from Boeing, NASA, Google, and more

Drawing inspiration from living beings, NASA intends to put “pain” receptors throughout in the outer shell of spacecrafts. The result: the space crafts exterior turns into a living skin capable of sensing even the slightest “discomfort” in the form of stress or physical damage.<p>The shell of the …

The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels

Portable ‘Desolenator’ makes sea water and rain fit for human consumption<p>Travelling around Thailand in the 1990s, William Janssen was impressed with the basic rooftop solar heating systems that were on many homes, where energy from the sun was absorbed by a plate and then used to heat water for the …

Innovation

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Science Has Now Created Square Ice [Video]

Yes, we are aware it comes in cubes<p>Thanks to novelty ice cube trays you can have ice in a whole lot of different shapes, from fish whose tails break off as soon as you try to get them into your glass, to those perfectly round spheres at fancy cocktail bars.<p>But when it comes to science, there are …

Sea Level

The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe

Photo Credit: Alain R. | Wikimedia Commons<p>Slide 1 of 22<p>Introduction<p>Black holes are gigantic cosmic monsters, exotic objects whose gravity is so …

What Elephants and Whales Look Like From Space

Only two creatures—both mammals—have been seen by private orbiting cameras.<p>When satellite companies talk about the imagery they capture, they play up how you can see big, human-made things: planes and trains and parking lots. Sometimes they might mention, too, how important sky pictures are to …

National Parks

Create, share and manage content across teams

Bring your ideas to life.<p>Create fully interactive and native iOS apps without writing a single line of code. Simply import your creative assets into …