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One village solved Bangladesh’s unreliable energy grid problem with “swarm electrification”

In Bangladesh, daily power outages are simply expected.<p>Cities like Dhaka and Chittagong experience around two to three hours of “load shedding” every day when residents are deliberately cut off from electricity in a bid to conserve power. And load shedding happens even more often in rural …

Renewable Energy

New technology makes solar panels 70% more efficient

Researchers at Technion Israel Institute of Technology recently made a breakthrough in solar cell technology that could boost efficiency of existing …

Clean Energy

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

Scientists Discover New Process To Turn Waste Heat Into Electricity

The new material could allow power plants to recycle their waste heat and improve their efficiency.<p>A group of researchers have developed a new material that can be used to turn waste heat into electricity. This technology could allow power plants to recycle their waste heat and save money, while …

Santa Monica could require all new housing be net-zero energy, a first in California

Outfitted with solar panels and wind turbines, net-zero housing would produce as much energy as they consume<p>Last week, the City Council of Santa Monica, California, green-lit regulations that would require new single-family homes to meet net-zero energy standards. The California Energy Commission …

Here's the Biggest Thing Holding Back the U.S. Economy

In the days after Sunday night’s town hall brawl, the national discussion unfolded over “who won” the second presidential debate between Hillary …

Honeycrisp was just the beginning: inside the quest to create the perfect apple

The Honeycrisp apple, explained.<p>The idea that a red apple is a delicious apple is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against Americans. The apples we’re supposed to eat to keep doctors away, the apples we’re supposed to give to teachers to show our appreciation, the apples we compare to …

Washington State

Scientists Just Discovered a Major New Source of Carbon Emissions

File this under bad news for humanity’s climate ambitions: The dams and reservoirs we use to harness ‘clean’ hydroelectric power and irrigate our …

Climate Change

Tesla Drivers Wake Up to a Serious Upgrade

I’m creeping up the east side of Manhattan on one of the worst days imaginable to be driving in the city. It’s rush hour, it’s been raining, …

Why You Should Ignore Your Gut Feelings About Free Trade

Many Americans across the political spectrum find protectionist appeals to be deeply satisfying. Supporters of Donald Trump have responded to his …

Economics

The Secret to a Happier Workplace May Be Found in This Ignored Virtue, Says Science

Displaying virtuous behaviors like kindness actually leads to great business outcomes, says science.<p>In a world where crime, violence, terrorism, racism, and politicians attacking one another dominate our newsfeed and conscience 24/7, the website Love What Matters celebrates the human spirit with …

Happiness

Fading College Dream Saps U.S. Economy of Productivity Miracle

For decades, a growing pool of college graduates poured into the U.S. labor market, boosting productivity and shaping America’s status as the world’s …

Turning water into hydrogen isn't easy. This could change that

With hydrogen power stations in California, a new Japanese consumer car and portable hydrogen fuel cells for electronics, hydrogen as a zero emission …

Save Your Money, Skip The MBA, And Go To Startup Grad School Instead

The cofounders of Away met at Warby Parker and show how they used early career experiences at startups to launch their own brand.<p>If you have dreams of one day launching your own startup, the idea of getting an MBA may have crossed your mind. After all, business schools are great at explaining how …

Startups

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like

California has long prided itself on being a world leader on climate change — and with good reason.<p>Within the United States, California is No. 1 (by far) in solar power and No. 3 in wind power. It boasts the third-lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita behind New York and Vermont. Since 2000, …

Climate