Mark Notarfrancesco

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Why Methane Is Having a Moment

Methane, carbon dioxide’s lesser-known cousin, is a big and growing problem for the planet. The chief component of natural gas, methane is also …

Oil & Gas Industry

Record $286 billion invested in renewable energy in 2015, more than double fossil fuels

In the latest indication that renewable energy sources like solar and wind power are ascendant worldwide, a new report finds that, in 2015, a …

Ask Ethan: How Fast Do Gravitational Waves Travel?

One of the most surprising predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity is the existence of not just matter, radiation and other particle-based forms of energy, but the existence of gravitational radiation itself, or fundamental “ripples” in the very fabric of spacetime. This is one of the toughest …

Physics

LHC Re-creates First Moments Of The Universe And Sets New Energy Record

Big Bang Theory IRL<p>What was the universe like in the first few moments of its existence? We may not have a time machine to go back and witness that exact moment, but scientists are now able to recreate that brief and momentous time in the lab.<p>Today, the operators of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) …

More Fruit From Apple's 'Why'

I bought the new Apple TV on Friday, and I didn’t even have to stand in line — further proof that a lot of people just aren’t convinced that the company’s latest new new thing is ready for prime time.<p>If you are an avid sports fan or need to see the latest network shows the second they’re aired, …

US to put boots on the ground in Syria for first time

The United States has disclosed plans to station the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, saying dozens of special forces troops would be sent as advisers to groups fighting against the armed group.<p>Washington …

Middle East

GOP Debate Recap: ‘Spotlight turns to Rubio’

<i>The third Republican presidential debate Wednesday, hosted by CNBC, was filled with sharp attacks, honed rhetoric and lighthearted moments. We spoke with CNN Politics Executive Editor Mark Preston after the debate to break down where the race stands and what to expect next on the road to the White</i> …

China’s new 5-year plan is about growth

After a four-day meeting of Communist Party elites, China has an economic plan for the next five years. The full details won’t be known till March, …