Shelsy Lopez

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Solar power: the next generation

Scientists are working on an exciting new material called perovskite – a light sensitive crystal which could revolutionise solar power.<p>In just a few years its power conversion efficiency figure is nearly on a par with traditional silicon at around 22 per cent, and it’s some 1,000 times thinner.<p>All …

Clean Energy

Radioactive Diamond Batteries: Making Good Use Of Nuclear Waste

A research team at the University of Bristol has developed a way to use a type of nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is an actual diamond.<p>Such a battery produces very low power, but has no moving parts, no emissions of any type including radiation, needs no …

Clean Energy

Scientists Develop Seawater Battery as an Alternative to Lithium

Building a battery isn’t terribly complicated: All you need is a cathode, an anode, and an electrolyte that transmits ions between them. In a quest …

Fish

Ominous beauty: A gigantic crack in Antarctic ice

An ominous crack in an Antarctic ice shelf takes on an otherworldly beauty in a new aerial image.<p>Snapped by scientists on NASA’s IceBridge mission, the shot shows a rift in Larsen C, an ice shelf floating off the Antarctic Peninsula. When the crack spreads across the entire ice shelf, it will …

Antarctica

Parkinson's patients could be cured of tremors using new ultrasound machine

Parkinson’s patients and others suffering debilitating tremors could be cured of their shaking using a new ultrasound machine which targets their brain cells.<p>Doctors at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have treated the first patients using the new technique which avoids the need for invasive …

Medicine

Climate Engineering: A Last-Ditch Plan to Save the Planet

It's been a big news week for global warming: President-elect Donald Trump’s sat down with Al Gore (who characterized the discussion as …

Climate Change

Half the world's species failing to cope with global warming as Earth races towards its sixth mass extinction

Nearly half the species on the planet are failing to cope with global warming the world has already experienced, according to an alarming new study …

Climate

The Massive Amount of CO2 Locked in Our Soil Appears to Be Leaking

Uh oh.<p>A key greenhouse gas responsible for warming the planet, carbon dioxide, isn't just hanging around in the air. It's also locked up deep under …

Climate Change