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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by …

A Developer Created A Brilliantly Innovative New Way To Use The iPhone's Widgets, But Apple Killed It

Apple removed an app called Launcher from the App Store late Friday night, and the circumstances surrounding the app's removal have left its creator scratching his head.<p>Launcher was originally designed to help save its users time by creating one-tap shortcuts to popular actions on your iPhone that …

Scientists reveal ‘fair system’ for countries to tackle climate change

Rich nations should make the deepest emission cuts and provide most money if countries are to share fairly the responsibility of preventing catastrophic climate change, says a major new study.<p>Calculations by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) scientists and Friends of the Earth suggest the UK …

10 Emerging Women Entrepreneurs To Watch In Africa

In June this year, She Leads Africa, a Nigerian-based social enterprise that aims to foster business growth in Africa by providing female startup entrepreneurs with the knowledge, networks, and financing to build and scale strong businesses, launched a business pitch competition. The purpose of the …

The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time!<p>Here's my graphic line of connecting dots:<p>1. Almost all scientists (97%) and businesses agree: our <b>fossil fuel pollution is warming the Earth</b>, which is making our climate more extreme - hotter, colder, wetter, drier. Check out the …

Tesla mines gold in Silver State

Nevada's economic incentives for<p>Tesla Motorswon the state a coveted battery factory and an estimated 6,500 jobs, but at one of the highest costs a state has ever paid to lure a company — nearly $1.3 billion.<p>The lavish dowry reaffirms Tesla chief<p>Elon Musk's reputation as a maestro of public …

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Better Transformers Save Billions In Wasted Electricity

<i>The excerpt below comes from Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Technology Report’s recent full-length interview with Fumihide “Humi” Esaka, CEO of the power conversion innovator Transphorm (Full disclosure: My venture firm Lux Capital is an equity investor in Transphorm). Humi highlights the staggering amount</i> …

Protestors Hold Candlelight Vigil For Hawaii's Solar Industry

As the sun set over downtown Honolulu on Monday, mourners gathered for an intimate candlelight vigil. The group -- concerned residents mingled with members of Hawaii's Sierra Club -- sang songs and passed around a "Get Well Soon" card as a single solar panel lay on a stretcher, "hooked up" to life …

Dolphins Squeal with Delight Because They Are Happy, Study Finds

Dolphins squeal with delight when they are rewarded – not because they want to tell others they have found food, but because they are really happy, …

This comic strip explains why we could see more disasters like Toledo’s toxic algae bloom

<i>Editor’s note: Over the weekend, officials in Toledo, Ohio, warned 400,000 residents not to drink their tap water after dangerous levels of a toxin</i> …

Disappearing Numbers Mask Apple Retail's Performance

From the start of Apple's retail operation in 2001, the company has always been up-front about the chain’s financial performance, and just as forthcoming about other retail metrics not related to money. But not so much anymore. The company’s latest quarterly financial filing was the second to omit …

After fixing '250 bugs,' Fisker electric cars will resume production — in Finland

The new owners of the Fisker luxury car brand will resume production of the Karma range-extended electric sedan initially at a contractor’s factory in Finland–but not until the company has fixed “about 250 bugs” in the vehicle.<p>The news came as executives of Wanxiang, China’s largest auto parts …

What's next for Samsung?

The bigger you are...<p>For the past few years, Samsung has been on top of the smartphone world, outselling Apple’s iPhone and besting everyone else by creating powerful phones with big screens and small prices. But now the Korean company is getting a taste of its own medicine as a variety of small …

3 reasons why Tesla can scale where others have failed

Tesla rocked the automotive world last month with news that it plans to build a 5 GW lithium ion battery plant in the United States. That’s huge: 5 GW is equivalent to all of the world’s current battery production, so, Tesla will basically double global battery manufacturing.<p>This alone is not …

Good news for electric cars: New battery tech uses peroxide to boost energy density by 7X

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs.<p>Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very important — the aim being to make future electric car batteries cheaper, more stable and more energy-dense for longer …

These young people are pioneering Appalachia’s post-coal economy

In the <i>Hunger Games</i> novels, heroine Katniss Everdeen comes from a coal mining region known as District 12. Her people are poor and looked down upon, …

Amazon's far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, unnerve investors | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc’s message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. But after more than a year of mostly disappointing quarterly results, that faith is being tested.<p>Some on Wall Street wonder if Amazon may have bitten off more than it can …

Aussie Households Go Solar: Game-Changer

Australia's household solar revolution has caught the government-owned electricity sector by surprise.<p><i>Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles in another SOS segment as he tells how Australian homeowner are fighting back against climate disruption.</i><p>More than one million Australians have already …

Weird Al Understands Your Feelings About Annoying Buzzwords

Weird Al Yankovic wants your company's synergy to pivot efficiently towards not using buzzwords.<p>The parody songster has turned his attention toward …

Number of animal experiments continues to rise in UK

The number of scientific experiments using animals continued to increase last year despite the coalition's commitment to work to reduce their use, official figures show.<p>There were 4.12m scientific procedures using animals in Great Britain in 2013, a rise of 0.3% on the previous year, according to …

How To Blow $9 Billion: The Fallen Stroh Family

<b>AS WITH MANY OF AMERICA’S GREAT FORTUNES,</b> the Stroh family’s story starts with an immigrant: Bernhard Stroh, who arrived in Detroit from Germany in 1850 with $150 and a coveted family recipe for beer. He sold his brews door-to-door in a wheelbarrow. By 1890 his sons, Julius and Bernhard Jr., were …

11 Ingenious Solar Projects Impacting the Developing World

Solar Projects for the Developing World<p>1. Eliodomestico Solar Still<p>2. LuminAID Light<p>3. Greenlight Planet Sun King<p>4. Artificial Leaf<p>5. Panasonic Solar …

Carbon tax top of the new Senate agenda – as it happened

Australian political wrap<p><b>Clive Palmer</b> has blown a huge new hole in the Abbott government’s budget – saying he will vote against Coalition plans to abolish the schoolkids’ bonus, the low income superannuation guarantee and a bonus for welfare recipients – at a total cost of more than $9bn. Palmer is …

How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis

Of China’s major cities, Beijing’s pollution problem is probably the worst, causing thousands of premature deaths every year. Its residents are fed up. The growing outrage has forced leaders to declare a “war on pollution,” including the goal of slashing Beijing’s PM2.5— the concentration of the …

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Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the economy is arguably bigger than ever -- and certainly more hotly debated. Here are Salon's choices …

Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting

When American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj set up a mini weather station at 5,800m on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border, she looked east towards Everest and was shocked. The world's highest glacier, Khumbu, was turning visibly darker as particles of fine dust, blown by fierce winds, settled …

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …