Graham Steers

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The farm that runs without sun, soil or water

<b>(CNN) —</b> What do you get if you cross a tech entrepreneur with a farmer?<p>The world's largest, and possibly most sophisticated indoor farm -- where greens grow without sun, soil or water.<p>Well, almost no water. AeroFarms, the company behind the venture, say they will use 95% less water than a …

Aquaponics

Federal Court: The Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Your Home Computer

Missouri is installing solar power grabbing pavement on Route 66

Part of its ‘Road to Tomorrow Initiative,’ Missouri’s Department of Transportation is teaming with Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup (seriously, what’s going on in Idaho?) to cover an undetermined length of Historic Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.<p>“We expect them to be in place, I’m …

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

A biologist has a radical plan to save the Earth

<i>The following is an excerpt from " Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight For Life ," by Edward O. Wilson.</i><p>The global conservation movement has temporarily …

Extinction

Scientists Develop 'Bionic Leaf' That Turns Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel

The days of drilling for oil are numbered.<p>Westend61 via Getty Images<p>Scientists at Harvard University have found a way to create liquid fuels using …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

A Guy Who's Been Living Off the Grid for 20 Years Explains How to Live Sustainably

I asked the guy living in Sydney's greenest house whether I'm too poor to live off the grid.<p>From the street, Michael Mobbs's inner Sydney terrace house looks like any other. But 20 years ago, Michael and his wife transformed their Chippendale home into an experiment in sustainable living: solar …

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 …

Clean Energy

Utopian off-grid Regen Village produces all of its own food and energy

James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages, commissioned Danish architectural firm EFFEKT to envision a future where self-sustaining communities could …

Sustainability

Antarctic Ice Melt May Be Worse Than Scientists Thought

Melting ice from one of Antarctica’s largest glaciers due to climate change could raise global sea levels by more than 2 meters (6.6 feet), according …

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Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours<p>Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.<p>…

Renewable Energy

Researchers have stumbled upon a battery breakthrough that could change energy storage forever

Better battery storage can advance all sorts of technology from phones to electric cars — but increasing battery life is no easy feat.<p>Luckily, researchers hailing from the University of California Irvine may have accidentally discovered a solution that could change energy storage forever.<p>Fifth-year …

Clean Energy

Newly-developed ‘Teslaphoresis’ technique causes nanotubes to self-assemble into wires

For the past few years, scientists at Rice University have kept a secret, which they’ve only just announced. While toying with Tesla coils and …

Why the FBI director puts tape over his webcam – and you should too

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech at Kenyon College in Ohio last week, making his case that “absolute privacy” has never existed in America – …

Privacy

How An MIT Data Viz Guru Is Exposing Cryptic Government Data

Data USA proves that census data can be beautiful, while simultaneously pulling it out of Google’s blind spot: the deep web.<p>The U.S. government has access to the kind of data that makes guys like Cesar Hidalgo drool. The director of MIT Media Lab’s MacroConnections Group, Hidalgo’s passion is …

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Solar powered 3D printed tiny house & car transfer energy wirelessly to each other

Tiny houses are attractive to those who want to downsize their lives and gain a little more financial freedom and mobility. But there are real, …

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Look Who's Buying American Democracy

<i>This post originally ran on Robert Reich’s website.</i><p>According to an investigation by<br>the New York Times, half of all the money contributed so far to …

MacArthur 'genius' grant winner creates artificial leaves that photosynthesize

It took nature millions of years to figure out how to turn energy from the sun into chemical energy that can be stored for a cloudy day - a process known as photosynthesis.<p>It took Peidong Yang, a chemist at UC Berkeley, about 10 years to accomplish a similar feat with the help of semiconductor …

The 12 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Astronomy

Hacking sleep: Meet the transhumanists making sleep obsolete

Not everyone wants to sleep in. A growing transhumanism community wants to sleep less, and better, and they’re going to great lengths to make it …

UC Berkeley

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

Major cancer breakthrough: Doctors solve long-standing mystery of how to stop cancer from growing

Cancer is a terrifying disease that researchers around the globe are obsessively working to cure. Now scientists from the USA have made a …

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America

Being a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.<p>The game is rigged, and "we the people" keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that their luck will change.<p>The …

Middle-class

35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality

<b>(romakoma via Shutterstock)</b><p>The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined<p>Larry Schwartz<p>July 15, 2015 5:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>While Hillary Clinton occasionally gives some lip service to the problem …