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People around the world are helping the US save its climate data

Michelle Murphy is a professor in Canada, but her research on the Great Lakes depends on water quality data collected by her neighbors to the south.<p>Specifically, the US Environmental Protection Agency.<p>“Without EPA data, you are blinded," Murphy says of her work studying chemical emissions into the …

The Coolest Archaeological Finds of 2016

From talking mummies to creepy ancient burials, the year in archaeology offered some astounding discoveries.<p>From creepy burials to sunken ships, …

Archaeology

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

Why Only Americans Are Interested in the Hunt for Alien Life

Years ago, during a brief visit to the Dutch university where I once worked, I gave a colloquium about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Perhaps surprising to some, Holland ranks high in the quality of its scientific research. This small country produces more than beer and …

Telescopes

Conservatives can be convinced to fight climate change with a specific kind of language

Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is only one prominent example of a long-standing conservative tradition of eulogizing the past. Progressive politicians often campaign with the promise of a better future. But conservatives recognize that pledging to restore a golden past …

Climate

The 17 best science movies and shows on Netflix will make you smarter

'Cooked' (2016)<p><i>Netflix</i><p><b>What it's about:</b> Journalist and food expert Michael Pollan explores the evolutionary history of food and its preparation in …

Scientists have made a bizarre lifeform that bonds carbon to silicon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

Biology

You need to get inside the mind of a climate change denier if you want to change it

It has never been more important to figure out how to have constructive conversations with climate change deniers.<p>Whether the current global climate change was caused by the actions of humans should no longer be a topic of debate. In 2013, a survey undertaken of over 4,000 academic papers published …

Psychology

Yes, NASA's New Megarocket Will Be More Powerful Than the Saturn V

NASA's huge new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will indeed be the most powerful booster ever built, agency officials said.<p>There's been some …

Space Exploration

It's official: We haven't found a new fundamental particle

CERN has announced that, for the present at least, we haven't detected a brand new particle capable of breaking the Standard Model of particle physics.<p>If you've been following the story so far, you'll know that the news comes as a blow for many physicists who've spent the past seven months coming …

Physics

How Obama Is ‘Trump-Proofing’ His Climate Pact

While the GOP nominee-presumptive promises to dismantle the Paris accord, U.S. officials are rushing to secure it. And Trump’s energy czar is already hinting he may back down.<p>In a roomful of oil and gas executives in North Dakota late last month, Donald Trump reiterated his threat to “cancel” the …

Clean Technology

Why the Middle East Is Betting on a Solar Future

Image source: First Solar.<p>Just how cheap has solar energy gotten? To give you an indication, Middle Eastern countries from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates are betting on solar to power their future, now the oil that has fueled their electricity plants for the past century.<p>The decision to …

Renewable Energy

Storing Heat to Make Solar Electricity All the Time

COLOGNE, Germany—At Germany’s aerospace agency, the next frontier is capturing the sun here on Earth and keeping it on tap.<p>In a 4-year-old glass and …

Clean Energy

'Break Free' fossil fuel protests deemed 'largest ever' global disobedience

Coalition of environmental groups call for oil, coal and gas to be kept in the ground during mass protests around the world over the past two weeks<p>Thousands of people have taken part in what organizers have called the largest ever global civil disobedience against fossil fuels, with dozens of …

Does Donald Trump represent a step forward for climate change action?

His advisers admit that populism demands addressing climate change. But don’t expect him to do enough to protect the planet<p>Donald Trump will have a climate plan and it will be ugly. For now, the Republican frontrunner is pedaling the kind of denialism his party loves, having called global warming …

Countries are turning to solar power to turn saltwater into drinkable water

Run by an array of solar panels and batteries, the system will produce about 13,200 gallons of drinking water a day for use on site.<p>That's insignificant compared with desalination plants elsewhere, but it's a start toward answering a pressing question: can countries stop burning fossil fuels to …

Renewable Energy

NASA Visions of the Future Posters

NASA is giving away its spectacular vintage-inspired space travel posters for free! Back in the 1930s and �s, during the height of the Great …

Civil disobedience is the only way left to fight climate change

Across the world, thousands of protesters are taking on the planet’s biggest fossil fuel companies. We should support them – and if we can, we should join them<p>Right now, thousands of people are taking direct action as part of a global wave of protests against the biggest fossil fuel infrastructure …

A Major Mystery About Earth's Magnetic Field Has Just Been Solved

For the first time, physicists have observed a mysterious process called magnetic reconnection—wherein opposing magnetic field lines join up, …

The Limits Of How Far Humanity Can Go In The Universe

If you peer out into the depths of space — at the vast expanse of stars, galaxies, and even the leftover glow from the Big Bang itself — you might think that if humanity can understand the laws of nature and create a good enough technology, there are no limits to what we can explore. If we were to …

Astrophysics

Scientists Are Uncovering a Terrible New Effect That Space Might Have on Our Bodies

Launch aborted.<p>If humanity is ever going to realise its ambitions of travelling to Mars and elsewhere in the Solar System, one of the challenges …

SpaceX had a superhero costume designer make a spacesuit

SpaceX is fond of making technology that looks good, and apparently that extends as far as astronaut gear. Thanks to both a <i>Tested</i> video (at the 12:09 mark) and a recently highlighted <i>Bleep</i> interview, we now know that well-known costume designer Jose Fernandez has crafted a spacesuit for SpaceX. Yes, …

There will be pandemonium: The end of the old oil order has already begun

Failed negotiations in Doha are just a sign of things to come. Big Oil has collapsed and is unlikely to recover<p>Sunday, April 17th was the designated moment. The world’s leading oil producers were expected to bring fresh discipline to the chaotic petroleum market and spark a return to high prices. …

The Solar Impulse 2 Is Flying Around The World Using Nothing But Solar Power

The Solar Impulse 2 is an aircraft powered entirely by the sun. If that sounds bold, it’s also flying around the world to prove solar is a viable technology for aircraft and to test out manned solar flight across the planet. And after a series of scares, it’s finally in the United States.<p>The Solar …

Solar Power

A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In the Same Direction

Something strange is going on in a distant corner of our universe. About a dozen supermassive black holes are all shooting enormous jets of energy in …

This New Super-Sustainable Town Will Run On Solar Power And Use Driverless Cars For Public Transit

The new Florida community of Babcock Ranch wants to build the clean-energy fueled community of the future.<p>When a massive ranch in Florida went up for sale 10 years ago, on a piece of land five times the size of Manhattan, the owners had offers from buyers around the world. But instead of selling to …

Renewable Energy

Stop ruining the future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Climate change can seem so big it's impossible to fix.<p>Just take a second to think about what's at stake: We're talking super droughts, scarier storms, sinking islands, flooded cities and mass extinctions in the animal world.<p>If we don't do something -- a lot of somethings -- fast then we …

Climate

This Solar Power Plant Can Run All Night

More than 10,000 billboard-size mirrors encircle a central tower at the facility<br>Jamey Stillings<p>1 of 11<p>Crescent Dunes looks and sounds a bit like an …