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The Pharaoh's Serpent's Neverending Chemical Reaction Is Always So Gross

Even though it looks like the devil is reaching through the ground from underneath the Earth to grab a victim, you can’t look away. Even though it …

This Tiny Turbine Could Be the Next Big Thing in Power

Driven by "supercritical fluid," the turbine could someday leave steam in the dust.<p>Jet engines may be getting bigger, but power plant turbines might be getting smaller. The tech is still in its early stages but GE Global Research is developing a turbine that—though only the size of the average …

Solar cell generates power from raindrops

Rain is normally a solar energy cell's worst nightmare, but a team of Chinese scientists could make it a tremendous ally. They've developed a solar cell with an atom-thick graphene layer that harvests energy from raindrops, making it useful even on the gloomiest days. Water actually sticks to the …

How China is sending man back to the Moon to mine safe nuclear power and become the world's energy giant

The Night Sky in March: The lunar surface is rich in helium-3, perhaps the most valuable substances in nature, one that could provide energy for the world<p>Can we mine the Moon? It seems imperative to do so.<p>The space-faring nations have ignored the 1979 outer space treaty, and last year America's …

Your Old Smartphone Could Be a Brand New Security Camera

A new project on Kickstarter seeks to recycle for an old Android or iPhone.<p>Around 44 percent of Americans upgrade their phones roughly every two years. That's a lot of e-cycling waste, or a lot of phones sitting at the bottom of a drawer. But Olmose, a new home security platform, wants to take …

Ontario Power Generation to refurbish Darlington reactors

Ontario Power Generation will unveil plans Monday for a $12.8-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station east of Toronto.<p>The Canadian Press has learned the provincial Liberal cabinet has given approval to start the rebuild of the first reactor this fall, and …

Energy

Chemistry: Four elements added to periodic table

<b>Four chemical elements have been formally added to the periodic table, completing the scheme's seventh row.</b><p>They are the first to be included in the table since 2011, when elements 114 and 116 were added.<p>The first true iteration of the table was produced in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dmitri …

Chemistry

Recession, retrenchment, revolution? Impact of low crude prices on oil powers

In an unprecedented year for the oil business, each of the major producers has its own problems. How will they react?<p>A glut of oil, the demise of Opec and weakening global demand combined to make 2015 the year of crashing oil prices. The cost of crude fell to levels not seen for 11 years – and the …

Oil