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Blockchain and Renewable Energy Are Utterly Disrupting Society as We Know It

The Grid of the Future<p>Renewable energy and blockchain are two technologies that are worth betting on. The former is considered to be the most …

A warming Antarctica will create new animal habitats. That could lead to some epic competition.

As climate change continues to cause massive melting and ice loss in Antarctica, new habitats may begin to open up for wildlife across the thawing continent, scientists reported Wednesday. But while that may sound like a boon for plants, microbes, birds and other organisms, they caution that this …

Scientists can’t rule out collision with asteroid flying by Earth in 2029

Asteroids are one of the most serious threats to life as we know it, but scientists and skywatchers have gotten pretty good at predicting exactly …

Out of this world igloo beckons early settlers on Mars

Past ideas have included a show home constructed out of Martian regolith, a 3D printed ice house, inflatable shelters made from recycled spacecraft …

Space Science

Producing Wind Energy In The Ocean, No Turbines In Sight

President Trump hates offshore wind turbines. Maybe he’ll like Accio’s innovative new way to generate energy from ocean winds.<p>Accio Energy gets its name from the Harry Potter series, where an “accio” spell summons something to a character (a broomstick, for instance). In the open ocean, Accio …

Renewable Energy

NASA's EMDrive And The Quantum Theory Of Pilot Waves

There has been a lot of digital ink spilled over the recent paper on the reactionless thrust device known as the EMDrive. While it’s clear that a working EM Drive would violate well established scientific theories, what isn’t clear is how such a violation might be resolved. Some have argued that …

New magnetic field theory gets us closer to nuclear fusion

Researchers from the US Department of Energy (DoE) and Princeton University have developed a new theory on plasma that could help scientists figure out solar flares and fusion power. Most fusion research is focused on "magnetic confinement" reactors that use powerful magnets to fuse hydrogen plasma …

South Pacific island ditches fossil fuels to run entirely on solar power

Ta’u island in American Samoa will rely on solar panels and Tesla batteries as it does away with diesel generators<p>A remote tropical island has catapulted itself headlong into the future by ditching diesel and powering all homes and businesses with the scorching South Pacific sun.<p>Using more than …

Clean Energy

Solar-Panel Roads to Be Built on Four Continents Next Year

Electric avenues that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.<p>A subsidiary of Bouygues SA has designed rugged …

Chernobyl Has a Bright Future as a Solar Farm

The radioactive area may never again be suitable for habitation or agriculture, but two Chinese companies are planning to put the abandoned land to good use as a solar farm.<p>Two Chinese solar companies have announced a plan to build a large solar farm in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The solar farm …

The Future Of Neighborhoods: Five Projects That Show How We'll Live

Residential life could soon be changing.<p>1. We’ll Generate Our Own Resources<p><b>An ambitious experiment in the Netherlands could be a model for life off the grid.</b><p>When a new housing development called ReGen Village opens as early as next year on the outskirts of Amsterdam, residents won’t have to rely on …

Right-wing group led by Trump propagandist launches campaign against Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX

A right-wing propaganda group led by one of Donald Trump’s top propagandists recently launched a campaign called <i>‘Stop Elon From Failing Again’</i>. According to their manifesto, the initiative aims to stop Elon Musk from “defrauding” American taxpayers through his companies, Tesla and SpaceX.<p>The effort …

Donald Trump

Researchers claim that in near future your consciousness can be made immortal

Human brain is still one of the biggest enigmas in nature. A map of the human brain would have far-reaching implications way beyond the field of …

Blockchain technology is coming to the solar panels on your roof

Where there’s a market with creaking infrastructure to be disrupted, blockchain technology will disrupt it. At least that’s what some proponents of blockchain tech, which shares many of the same principles underpinning bitcoin, are hoping to do with the energy sector.<p>While blockchain tech has taken …

Blockchain

NASA's New Horizons Unveils Its Masterpiece: Pluto's Interior!

In July of 2015, after a nine year journey through space, New Horizons flew past Pluto at a speed of more than 30,000 mph (13 km/s). Over the span of just a few hours, it took so much data with so many cameras and instruments it took a full 16 months to send it all back to Earth, a task that was …

The Pentagon Uses Plant DNA to Catch Counterfeit Parts

An innovative marking system spots the fakes.<p>A V-22 Osprey, laden with eighteen Marine infantrymen, speeds towards a landing zone under enemy fire. Dodging anti-aircraft tracers, the pilot pushes the aircraft to the limit. Until suddenly the Osprey falls from the sky.<p>This time, the killer isn't the …

The feds just gave batteries and rooftop solar panels access to big-time energy markets

Distributed energy will be able to play in wholesale energy markets. That’s a big deal.<p>Given the state of US politics, it’s safe to say that very few people are paying attention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) right now — even fewer than usual, I mean.<p>However, in its quiet and …

Solar Panels

Astronomers just discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe hiding behind the Milky Way

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest known structures in the universe.<p>Called the Vela supercluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies.<p>"I …

Scientists to 'reset' blood proteins in attempt to slow ageing process

Trial will attempt to change levels of proteins in older blood, believed to hamper growth and maintenance of healthy tissues<p>In what could be a fresh chapter in the never-ending story of the search for eternal youth, scientists are to tinker with people’s blood in the hope of slowing down the ageing …

Medicine

Will the 2016 election change our thinking on cities?

Acting locally in the wake of national upheaval<p>In the past week, one of the most astute post-election explainers was an essay on Cracked using examples from three movies—<i>The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Braveheart</i>—to help explain why the 2016 election was not about Republicans vs. Democrats, but really …

Government

How much the earth moved in the massive New Zealand quake

Many anecdotal reports suggest a two-metre rise at the coast, and there's even one report of a reef rising six metres. As a result large numbers of …

Geology

Japan's Shinzo Abe expresses 'great confidence' in Trump as a leader after meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday became the first foreign head of state to meet face to face with Donald Trump since the election.<p>Afterward, Abe described the meeting as "really cordial" and said he believed he would be able to establish a relationship of trust.<p>Abe said he conveyed …

Donald Trump

Mercury's newly discovered Great Valley points to shrinking planet

Picture a plum. When it is ripe, the surface is smooth, but when it starts to age and shrink, wrinkles can appear along the surface. On a planetary …

SF teachers' union offers lesson plan calling Trump racist, sexist

<b>SAN FRANCISCO --</b> The union representing San Francisco’s public school teachers has offered a classroom lesson plan that calls President-elect Donald …

Big Business Demands Donald Trump Keep U.S. In Paris Climate Pact

Failure to do so “puts American prosperity at risk,” more than 300 U.S. companies say in an open letter to the president-elect.<p>As Donald Trump surrounds himself with like-minded climate change deniers, big business is demanding the Republican president-elect keep the U.S. in the historic Paris …

Scientists Just Discovered The Roundest Object in The Known Universe

The odds of it existing are mind-boggling.<p>Geometry is everywhere in nature - we see sixfold symmetry in snowflakes, fractal patterns in broccoli, and …

Universe

Germany daunted by great expectations as Obama passes baton to Merkel

Some fear Germany may struggle to assume America’s status as torchbearer for liberal democracy after Trump victory in US<p>As Barack Obama meets Angela Merkel for the last time in his presidency, he may be tempted to think back to one of their first encounters, when the German chancellor gave a …

This City Just Banned Fossil Fuel Extraction in Light of Trump Presidency

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday prohibiting the city "from entering into or extending leases for the extraction …

Victory for Native American Blackfoot tribes as 15 oil and gas leases near Glacier National Park are cancelled

Amid continuing protests over an oil pipeline set to run close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, the US Department of the …

Lockheed's Hybrid Airship Gets Launch Customer in Canada

The operator of Lockheed Martin’s blimp-like hybrid airships on Wednesday announced its first customer, a Canadian mining company that expects to …