Brent Skupien

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Trump eases the way for a controversial water pumping project in a California desert

In another U-turn from existing environmental policy, the Trump administration has eased the way for a controversial California desert water project that President Obama's team had blocked.<p>Federal directives drafted under Obama had erected a major obstacle to Cadiz Inc.'s long-standing plans to …

Donald Trump

An Honest Look At 20 Common Ingredients Found In Processed Foods

It’s no secret that many of our common grocery store staples come with a long list of ingredients. While bread, for example, might only require a few ingredients when homemade, a loaf of sandwich bread from the store will often contain significantly more to keep it shelf-stable.<p>We’re not here to …

Nutrition

Inspired by Nature: Scientists Find Groundbreaking Solution for Solar Storage

One of the most common pitfalls of solar energy is storing it. On sunny days there is typically an excess of energy, which is lost if not captured. …

Clean Energy

To keep classified docs from WikiLeaks secret, DOJ drops 2 child porn counts | Ars Technica

Judge: Feds relied on timestamp metadata, but withheld exploit code.<p>Rather than allow public, but still-classified materials found on WikiLeaks to be …

Surveillance

Scientists turn spinach into human heart tissue

Popeye was right: spinach really <i>is</i> good for the muscles, and not just the ones in your biceps. In fact, scientists have discovered a way to use the …

Harvard Scientists Admit Geoengineering Is Scary, But It’s Time to Take It Seriously

Climate scientists have been drawing red lines in the sand for some time, pointing out various thresholds we dare not cross for fear of doing …

Climate Change

Trump's climate order puts 'China first' in clean energy

President Donald Trump is vowing to put "America First" — just not when it comes to the global clean energy race.<p>The president on Tuesday signed a …

National Security Council

Quantum computing

Nature Outline |<p>Nature Outline home<br>• Content<br>• Video<br>• Sponsor<p>Quantum computers are big news, each week brings reports of fresh advances in stability and …

Quantum Computing

Buddha Reveals 5 Profound Truths That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Buddhism is a profound philosophy that counters what we are taught in the west. It offers something for everyone, no matter your faith or …

A Swiss Restaurant Now Offers Bug-Based Cooking Classes

A Swiss eatery has bugs on the brain, and they’re hoping that patrons will bite. As <i>Travel + Leisure</i> reports, The Löscher restaurant in Switzerland's …

Dessert

German coal mine set to become "giant battery" for storing renewable energy

A German coal mine is about to become a massive battery for storing electricity from renewable energy sources. The Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine in …

Ultralight 'Super-Material' Is 10 Times Stronger Than Steel

A spongy new super-material could be lighter than the flimsiest plastic yet 10 times stronger than steel.<p>The new super-material is made up of flecks of graphene squished and fused together into a vast, cobwebby network. The fluffy structure, which looks a bit like a psychedelic sea creature, is …

Engineering

World's largest tropical peatland found in Congo basin

Carbon-rich peatlands could store three years’ worth of world’s total fossil fuel emissions, say scientists<p>Scientists have discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland in the remote Congo swamps, estimated to store the equivalent of three year’s worth of the world’s total fossil fuel …

Fossil Fuels

Zero-emission boat prepares for round-the-world odyssey

PARIS (AP) — The first self-sufficient boat powered only by emission-free energy will start a six-year trip around the world in the spring.<p>Energy Observer, a former multi-hull race boat converted into a green vessel equipped with solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system, will be …

Sailing

2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels. Just wait for 2017

The renewable energy future will arrive when installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas or other options. If you ask the World Economic Forum (WEF), the day has arrived.<p>Solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than new fossil fuel capacity in …

Renewable Energy

Kansas University students build net-zero home with LEED Platinum and Passive House certification

Most school projects don’t move past campus grounds, but that’s not the case for the works of Kansas University’s (KU) Studio 804. Every year, …

Green Living

The big problem with Donald Trump’s big idea for stopping the flow of illegal drugs

When asked during his presidential campaign how he would stop America’s raging opioid overdose epidemic, Donald Trump said “cut off the source, build a wall.” No one disputes that many drugs enter the United States via the Mexican border. But does this imply that trying to seal off the border would …

Immigration

Old tires find new life as cleaner alternative to diesel

One is an eyesore and a health hazard, the other one is plain dirty. So what do you get when you combine processed scrap tires with diesel fuel? In …

Australian Universities

Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

One problem with dealing with nuclear waste is that it's often hard to tell what's waste and what's a valuable resource. Case in point is the work of …

Bristol, UK

Trash Is the Energy Source of the Future

Estonia is taking the idiom “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to the extreme by collecting garbage from other nations and converting it to …

Solar Panels

40 philosophies from famous marketers throughout history

I believe you can learn something from everyone — as long as you’re listening. We’re always building on the legacy and lessons of those who have come before us.<p>For marketers, this is quite a legacy indeed. Although the discipline of marketing only emerged in the 1900s, it builds on a foundation of …

Marketing

France Bans All Plastic Dishware Starting in 2020

The Associated Press reports that France has enacted a ban on all plastic dishes, cups, and utensils. The ban goes into effect in 2020, after which …

Pollution

Energy storage: how an abandoned goldmine will be converted into a world first

Australia has no plan for managing disused mines but a company has a novel solution for producing renewable energy<p>Gold was discovered on the Copperfield river in north-western Queensland in 1907. As men flocked to find their fortune, a small township was established and named for the state’s then …

Hydroelectric Power

This Trump advisor might be even more confused about climate and energy than Trump himself

Donald Trump is prone to ridiculous, fact-free assertions on the environment and energy. That used to be attributed at least in part to his lack of …

Donald Trump

Find Out How Much Power You'd Get From Solar Panels on Your Roof

Or from a wind turbine in your backyard.<p>One of the problems with setting up renewable power sources—like solar panels or wind turbines—is that it can be difficult to predict just how much power they will generate once they're built.<p>Say you're considering installing some solar panels on the roof of …

FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's 'Nuclear' Speech

CLAIM<p>A tweet reproduces a 90-second long sentence from a Donald Trump speech.<p>RATING<p>ORIGIN<p>This is a sentence spoken by Trump, not a piece of modernist …

Donald Trump

We’ve Devoured a Year’s Worth of Natural Resources in Just Seven Months

Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. …

Pokémon Go CP meaning explained: How to get the highest CP values and create the most powerful team

Much like the main Pokémon games, alongside the standard combat modifiers like Type advantages and weaknesses, it turns out Pokémon Go has a whole …