Tony Browne

533 Flips | 23 Magazines | 75 Likes | 7 Following | 11 Followers | @Kranthrax | Keep up with Tony Browne on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Tony Browne”

New species of 'exploding ants' discovered in Southeast Asia

Fifteen new species of “exploding ants” – including one entirely new to science – have been discovered in Southeast Asia, Gizmodo reported, citing the results of a survey published Thursday in the science journal ZooKeys.<p>These new species, dubbed “Colobopsis explodens” are capable of rupturing …

UK goes 55 hours without coal power, breaks historical record

Wind and solar is on the rise in Britain, and now it's gone more than two days straight without using any coal power.<p>Britain's industrial revolution was built on coal, but now the United Kingdom is having another revolution, and it's built on green energy.<p>The UK just went 55 hours without …

Renewable Energy

How to do the 30 day squat challenge – and why it works so well

A month might seem like a long time, or it might seem like no time at all.<p>However long it is, it's enough time to begin, do, and finish the <b>30 day</b> …

If you bought any of these electronics from 2001 to 2011, you could be sitting on a gold mine

Residents of the good old U.S. of A., we have some great news. If you bought one or more phones, laptops, or tablets between January 1, 2000, and May 31, 2011, you could be eligible for a BIG payout. (And if any of these things are in your attic, you're sitting on a gold mine.)<p>A class action …

This Full-Body Workout From the "Kettlebell King" Will Leave You Feeling Sore and Badass

Eric Leija is known as primal.swoledier on Instagram, but around here he's known as the Kettlebell King. He's known for consistently posting kettlebell workouts that target pretty much every muscle in the body, including ones you didn't even know existed. And his emphasis on functional movement and …

Portugal generated enough renewable energy to power the whole country in March

Portugal’s renewable electricity production exceeded monthly consumption for what is likely the first time, in March, according to the nation’s transmission system operator, REN.The average renewable generation for the month exceeded 103% of consumption, beating out the last record (99.2%), set in …

Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just a week and a half before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.<p>Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76, was coauthor to a mathematical paper that seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits …

Physics

This London bench absorbs as much pollution as 275 trees

London has got a new ally in the fight against its air pollution crisis: hedge 2.0.<p>The CityTree is a strange mix of bench and hedge, but is very …

What's a proton battery? Three things you need to know.

Most of your everyday electronics run off of lithium batteries — you know, the ones that you can never seem to find in your drawer when the remote is …

MIT's thermal resonator generates power "out of what seems like nothing"

A brand new power-generating system from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers creates energy “out of what seems like nothing,” …

Self-sufficient Yin & Yang house incorporates gardens on its interlocking roof

Architecture studio Penda has released visualisations of a house designed for a tiny plot near the German city of Kassel that show how its owners …

Energy Harvesting

Passive Solar<p>Not to be confused with solar panels or Passivhaus (although these may both be associated with passive solar design), passive solar …

Natural Gas

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Green Home?

Building green is no longer <i>just</i> an environmentally responsible approach. It is now a cost-effective approach too. This is a critical point in the …

MIT Extracts Power from Temperature Fluctuations

As a civilization, we are proficient with the “boil water, make steam” method of turning various heat sources into power we feed our infrastructure. …

Clean Energy

World's first solar fuels reactor for night passes test

Solar powered chemistry has one downfall -- reactions stop at night. Now scientists have a solution.<p>International solar thermal energy researchers …

HOW TO: Turn your food waste into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up lost or wasted — 46 percent of the world’s garbage. While the global food waste situation is what you’d …

Sustainability

MIT's thermal resonator generates electricity from the air's daily temperature cycle

Energy is all around us – we just need to work out how to tap into it. Now a team from MIT has developed a device called a thermal resonator, which …

Nanotech

8 (New) Energy Efficient Materials Architects Should Know

Whether architects are trying to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge or pursuing their own mission to save energy, they have an opportunity to …

In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future

Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal.<p>This month, energy nerds are very excited about a utility bid solicitation.<p>Wait, hear me out. It really is exciting!<p>Usually, when we talk about how renewable energy will evolve in the next five years, we rely on analysts and projections. This is …

A Writing Strategy That Works For Every Student, Every Time

A Writing Strategy That Works For Every Student, Every Time by Terry Heick Writing is difficult to teach, if for no other reason than it is also …

Teaching

The next revolution in dental care is about to begin

From fluoride toothpaste to dental sealants, science has brought all sorts of tools for fighting tooth decay — and yet 91% of Americans between 20 and 64 years of age are affected by dental caries.<p>But provocative new research suggests that cell-stimulating medications can “trick” teeth into …

Dentistry

Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020

Abu Dhabi<p>“Turning to renewables for new power generation is not simply an environmentally conscious decision, it is now overwhelmingly a smart economic one,” said Adnan Amin, who has the numbers to back it up. Amin heads the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), and the numbers can be …

Renewable Energy

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

Quantum Physics

First-Grader Answers Teacher's Lighthearted Riddle In Super Philosophical Way

"Existentialism grade 101."<p>Things got surprisingly philosophical when a teacher in California posed a riddle for his first-grade students.<p>Bret Turner said an “awed, somber, reflective hush fell over his class” at Head-Royce School in Oakland after one child responded to his “Puzzle of the Week,” …

Loneliness

Residential Energy Storage Systems Ready for Prime Time

Commercial energy storage took off in 2017 and residential energy storage systems could be next.<p>Energy storage for the residential solar market has …

Climate Change Is Causing the Seafloor to Sink

If there’s one thing we’re learning about this global planetary experiment called climate change, it’s that there are unexpected consequences. Case …

This Anti-Alzheimer’s Vitamin Could Boost Memory and Mood Without Any Side Effects

Alzheimer’s Disease, along with Parkinson’s Disease, is one of the leading causes of dementia, and it’s estimated that around 5.3 million Americans …