Manuel David Holguin

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

John Hingley has developed a ‘micro-grid’ in a metal box that can be used for disaster relief, mining, and even festivals<p>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 …

Clean Energy

New "Passive Wi-Fi" Could Drastically Cut Power Needs For Connected Devices

Electrical engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a new type of Wi-Fi hardware that uses 10,000 times less power than existing …

Astronomers now have a way to rank the likelihood of life on other planets — and Earth's score isn't what you might expect

The Kepler Spacecraft is focused on a tiny patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy, hoping to detect planets as they transit in front of their stars.<p>But if alien astronomers are doing the same, and detect Earth transiting in front of the Sun, how habitable would Earth appear?<p>You might think, because, …

Astronomy

19 beautiful off-the-grid destinations that are actually worth the trek

We've put together a collection of 19 travel destinations that are harder to reach, but provide you with one-of-a-kind experiences and some of the world's most dramatic scenery.<p>From a hidden beach in Mexico to lakes nestled in the Sahara Desert, here are 19 off-the-grid destinations to add to your …

Hiking

Desperate California Utilities Win Effort to Squeeze Money Out of Solar Customers

Outfitting your roof with solar panels can be a great way to save energy <i>and</i> money. Right? Well, you won’t save as much money in California, where new …

Mali's desert elephants face extinction within three years

Conservationists urge government to tackle ivory trafficking as 16 elephants killed in this year, with over 80 killed in 2015<p>Mali’s elephants, one of just two remaining desert herds in the world, will be gone in three years unless the government does more to protect them, a conservation group has …

How Jaguars Survived the Ice Age

The mastodons, ground sloths, and sabercats are all gone. They all slipped into extinction around 10,000 or so years ago, along with an even wider variety of fantastic beasts and birds that fall under the category “megafauna.” But not all the Ice Age megamammals died out. We spend so much time …

Supreme court upholds ruling on federal energy conservation program

Appeals court ruled last year that the plan intruded on state power over retail electricity sales, but justices ruled in favor of regulatory commission on Monday<p>The supreme court has upheld a four-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.<p>…

Mars Needs Colonists Who Eat Meat And Sleep Late

Just waking up now? You could qualify<p>If you're a die-hard morning person, don't start packing your bags for Mars just yet. A recent study suggests that people who prefer to sleep in and stay up late may be better suited for Mars.<p>Our bodies have internal clocks that tell us how long a day is, and …

Space

Paleontologists Discover Adorable Horned Dinosaur Baby

Dinosaur, roughly translated, means “terrible lizard.” The title works any way you look at it. Dinosaurs really were “terrible lizards” because they were about as unlizardlike as a reptile could possibly to be. Looking at it another way, the title encompasses the size, the teeth, and the apparent …

World's Fastest Cheetah Dies—Watch Her Run

In 2012, at 11 years old, the female cheetah ran 100 meters in 5.95 seconds—a record-breaking sprint that was caught on video.<p>Sarah the cheetah, who shattered the world record for the standing 100-meter dash in a feat photographed by <i>National Geographic</i> magazine, was euthanized this week at the …

The Endless Orchard Wants to Plant Fruit Trees Across the Country

The duo behind Fallen Fruit will plant 200 new trees in L.A., then take their project nationwide.<p>Eating something you found on the street might seem …

This is how the government is catching people who use child porn sites

By Ellen Nakashima<p>, Reporter<p>The user’s online handle was “Pewter,” and while logged on at a website called Playpen, he allegedly downloaded images of young girls being sexually molested.<p>Pewter had carefully covered his tracks. To reach the site, he first had to install free software called Tor, the …

The World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Is Now Under Construction

The yearly energy output should equal about 19,000 barrels of oil.<p>Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera Corporation announced today that construction has begun on the largest floating solar power plant in the world in terms of energy output, according to a press release from Kyocera. The 13.7 …

Renewable Energy

Cheeky Cub Clings To Polar Bear Mom During His First Time In Snow

This is un-bear-ably cute.<p>What a bum!<p>When a mama polar bear decided to rush downhill in deep snow, her 4-month-old cub decided to hitch a ride … on her butt.<p>According to the World Wildlife Fund, polar bear cubs typically spend three or four months in a den before venturing out into the snow for the …

Canadian National Parks

These Exotic Animal Photos Are Literal Eye Candy

In David Liittschwager's photos, beauty isn't in the eye of the beholder—just in the eye.<p>Science tells us that you can get kind of high by staring into another person's pupils for a long period of time, so use photographer David Liittschwager's new series on animal eyes responsibly. Shot for a …

Dying Whales, Horrific Omen

Earth's ailing oceans are witnessing a shocking trend - dying whales.<p><i>Beached sperms whales along Dutch island of Texel in second week of Jan. 2016. Photo credit: washingtonpost.com</i><p>My colleagues at Baylor University, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institute perfected a …

Santa Barbara

Ants Write Architectural Plans Into The Walls of Their Buildings

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Imagine constructing a building with no blueprints or architects, and no inkling of what the finished edifice should look like. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, and yet that’s what ants and termites do all the time—and the results speak for …

Oceans Will Rise Much More Than Predicted, NASA Says

Predictions from a few years ago already are outdated. “Sea levels are rising faster than they were 50 years ago, and it's very likely to get worse,” one scientist says.<p>Year by year, millimeter by millimeter, the seas are rising. Fed by melting glaciers and ice sheets, and swollen by thermal …

50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

‘The Club’ (Feb 5)<p>A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film (and almost assuredly an Oscar nominee for that category as well), this tense drama …

The Effects of Climate Change On Coral Reefs and Women at Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe

About 25% of the world's fish (over 4,000 species!) live on coral reefs, and they provide more than 450 million people with food and income. Reefs create islands through the accumulation of sand and sediment, providing homes to people, birds, and turtles, as well as shelter so that delicate …

Hydro dam boom threatens a third of the world's freshwater fish

Hydropower,Renewable energy,Rivers,Energy,Environment,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Africa,World news,Asia Pacific,Wildlife<p>Plans to build huge dams in the Amazon, Mekong and Congo could devastate freshwater biodiversity in these tropical river basins, say ecologists<p>One third of the world’s …

Watch 100 Years of Men's New Year's Eve Fashion, Long for the Good Ol' Days

Dayum, those '70s colors tho.<p>The classic Internet series <i>100 Years of</i> <i>Anything</i> is back! This time, it's men's New Year's Eve fashion edition.<p>There's a disappointing lack of glitter throughout the entire video, but what it lacks in sequins it makes up for in ridiculous facial hair. Take 1915, for …

Watch 100 Years of Men's vs Women's Fashion in 3 Minutes

Watch 100 Years of Men's vs Women's Fashion in 3 MinutesA sartorial battle of the sexes.They say men's fashion moves at a snail's place, and …

Gender-Neutral

You've Been Throwing Out the Healthiest Part of Avocados This Entire Time

You'll never see the fruit the same way again.<p>Besides being creamy and delicious, avocados are often hailed as a superfood for their healthy fats. Experts are now saying, though, that the most nutritious part of the fruit might just be in your trashcan.<p>Whether you're preparing an avocado salad or …

Here’s Why We’ve Never Been Able to Tame the Great White Shark

The great white shark has never been kept successfully in captivity—and probably never will.<p>After three days of floating around listlessly and ramming its head into the walls of its tank, a great white shark died last week at an aquarium in Japan. But the story is only the most recent episode in …

Trending: Private Nature Reserves

A notable thing is taking place around the globe: Communities and conservation entrepreneurs are creating private nature reserves, from coral lagoons in Asia to sanctuaries in the Americas.<p>Travelers to Africa will find private wildlife reserves near national parks. Case in point: South Africa’s</b> …

10 secrets to happy parenting

Between sleepless nights, toddler meltdowns and kids pushing your buttons, parenting is no walk in the park. In fact, a study published in the journal Demography found that in the first year after birth, parents were less happy and the effect was worse than divorce, unemployment and even the death …

California condors rise from the brink of extinction

The California condor, North America's largest bird, once soared through the skies from Washington state to Mexico and into Arizona and Utah. By 1983, however, the loss of habitat and food sources had so crippled the king of the vultures that only 22 were left in the wild.<p>Over the following four …

Washington State

5 Tips to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Large

<i>By Miranda Agee for Architectural Digest.</i><p>(photo: Patrick Cline)<p>New York-based interior designer Jenny Wolf is known for refined interiors that have relaxing qualities and offer a sense of calm in the bustling city. When involved in a full renovation, Wolf often finds that she is tasked with …

Kitchens