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Trailblazing slate tiles with hidden solar thermal reduce energy use by 85%

The less-than-charming appearance of solar panels is a deterrent to some homeowners interested in generating their own clean energy, and many people …

Clean Energy

Startup creates renewable hydrogen energy out of sunlight and water

California startup HyperSolar and University of Iowa researchers have teamed up to make renewable energy in a way that draws inspiration from plants. …

Clean Energy

Life In Our Solar System Could Survive Earth's Destruction

Billions of years from now, after the Sun has expanded into a red giant and obliterated Earth, new life could spring up in our Solar System.<p>The hunt for habitable worlds has often focused on systems like our own, with middle-aged stars supporting warm inner planets surrounded by frozen outer …

Astronomy

Scientists Have Just Made Sperm Out of Human Skin Cells

Incredible!<p>Scientists in Spain have managed to use a cocktail of genes to turn human skin cells into germ cells, which can eventually be developed …

Microsoft is turning DNA into the ultimate storage device

Imagine that future civilisations are looking for evidence of us. Digital human life. And they find nothing.<p>No Buzzfeed. No Slack. No GitHub. Nothing.<p>That’s actually a distinct possibility as the current means of storing our increasingly large digital past exist only virtually, are inefficient and …

Beating Heart Cells Created From Human Skin Cells in New Study

Scientists have found a new way to transform human skin cells into heart-like cells in mice by using chemicals instead of genetic modification, in …

Prion-like protein found in plants

Scientists have determined that a plant protein involved in the timing of flowering could in fact be a prion. This is the first time that a possible …

How our bodies harness energy

In exploring how humans harness energy to work, Robert A. Lue said the answer lies deep within.<p>Very deep within.<p>“When we think about work, we think …

Power up with pee: New fuel cell could generate cheap electricity

Instead of just flushing it away, your pee could one day generate power. Researchers have developed a way to create affordable and renewable electricity with a fuel cell that runs on urine.<p>The new device relies on natural biological processes of so-called electric bacteria, essentially living cells …

Nuclear pores captured on film

Using an ultra fast-scanning atomic force microscope, researchers from the University of Basel have filmed 'living' nuclear pore complexes at work …

Atoms

Tree of life shows that trees are a rarity

A new tree of life shows that a poorly understood group of bacteria is enormous.<p>Despite the best efforts of Walt Disney and Elton John, it is the …

Biology

Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Around 3,000 million years ago, something stopped the genetic code from growing.<p>All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn't survive.<p>Even though the genetic …

Kids Win Again In Lawsuit Blaming Gov't For Not Fighting Global Warming

Against all odds, another group of children who are suing the government to protect the environment against the harm of global warming in their future, have won in court.<p>Again.<p>In a surprise ruling on Friday from the bench in the ongoing climate case brought by these youths against the State of …

Climate

The Long Decline of the Dinosaurs

For at least 40 million years before that pesky asteroid, the dinosaurs were losing species faster than they could replace them.<p>Around 66 million years ago, the sky fell on the dinosaurs’ heads. An asteroid smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, causing cataclysmic climate changes that marked the end …

NASA releases glorious 4K footage of Earth as seen from the ISS

NASA is on fire: Shortly after releasing beautiful, high resolution footage of Aurora Borealis, the agency posted a 4K video of Earth, as seen from …

Climate Change Is Forcing a New Manifest Destiny

I hate to say it, but I might be living at the wrong latitude—or at least, my kids certainly are. Reams of climate change reports—and a quick look at …

We Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels Within a Decade, Study Says

World leaders want to phase out fossil fuels by 2100, but this climate scientist says we could do it in ten years.<p>As we stare down the barrel of a world totally transformed (read: destroyed) by climate change in the not-so-distant future, a lot of the brightest minds around the world are spending a …

Stereoscopic GIFs Get Trippy Makeovers with Neural Network Imaging

The artistic duo The Current Sea let a neural network work its magic on 3D wiggle GIFs.<p>Stereoscopic photography, a type of primitive 3D imaging and proto-GIF, dates back to the 1800s. Also called wiggle stereoscopy, or wiggle 3D, the technique makes for some great animated GIFs. Now The Current …

Scientists finally figured out what turned this lake a mysterious shade of pink

Bubblegum pink isn't a color you'd expect a lake to be.<p>But there it is anyway — Lake Hillier, sitting there like some sort of Barbie-inspired fantasy on Middle Island off the western coast of Australia.<p>Since a European expedition stumbled on it in 1802 (no word on what the locals thought), the …

Biology

This is one of the most useful gadgets you'll ever buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Leatherman Everyone's had moments where a multitool would've come in handy. A screw that needs tightening, zip ties that need cutting, …

Elodie

Here's What Climate Change Has Done to the Season Formerly Known as Winter | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here</b><b>.</b><p>It's not just you — it really is hot in here.<p>Winter is coming to a warm, wet close in the Northern Hemisphere, knocking down records on the way. Though fading, the Pacific warming phenomenon El Niño …

The innovators: portable solar panels that can be unrolled like a carpet

Talk is not cheap in the mountains of Nepal. Getting a mobile phone charged can cost $5 in areas where there is no electricity and backpackers have to rely on diesel generators used by locals to power up.<p>John Hingley had a solution stuffed in his rucksack: a thin and lightweight portable solar …

Clean Energy

These tiny creatures could cause huge trouble in the Arctic

Worries about thawing permafrost, and the carbon emissions it produces as it warms, have become a standard in conversations about climate change — but scientists are quick to point out that there’s a lot they still don’t understand. And one of the biggest questions has to do with some of the …

Climate Change

21 things all beginner cooks should have in their kitchen

But aside from utensils and plates, the beginner chef may not know where to start stocking up on kitchen necessities. What kind of chopping board should you get? And where can you get sharp yet affordable knives?<p>We researched the highest-rated products out there with the best reviews to come up …

Kitchens

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Gravitational Waves

Outkast – 10 of the best

From an impromptu audition over an Atlanta car stereo to production that coalesced from an aural mist, the questing duo redefined music as we knew it<p>1. Ain’t No Thang<p>Though they would reach the mainstream of global pop culture as fully formed psychedelic futurists, OutKast’s recorded life began …

Rap & Hip-Hop

End of fossil fuels? China close to creating 'ARTIFICIAL STAR' three times hotter than sun

GETTYScientist working in a French nuclear fusion chamber<p>Chinese experts last week successfully produced hydrogen gas more than three times hotter …

What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>A large group of climate scientists has made a bracing statement in the journal Nature Climate Change, arguing that we are mistaken if we think global warming is only a matter of the next 100 years or so — in fact, they say, we are locking in changes that will play out …

Climate Change

A world leading scientist on the search for extraterrestrials pointed out a flaw in Stephen Hawking's fear of finding intelligent aliens

This silence has influenced a new group of experts over recent years which says it's time to stop listening and start talking — by deliberately transmitting messages into space for anyone who might be searching for them. They call the project Active SETI.<p>Many intellectual leaders of our age, …