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3 Things You Might Not Know About Charles Darwin

This Sunday, Feb. 12, is Darwin Day, an international day of celebration commemorating the birth of Charles Darwin and his contributions to science.<p>It's also an excuse for science- and evolution-themed events around the globe, and for all of us to take a moment to appreciate the value of science …

Biology

Eugene Koonin: "The New Evolutionary Biology"

<b>Eugene Viktorovich Koonin</b><p>"They should have invited Eugene Koonin," Canadian biochemist Larry Moran told me in the hallway during a break at the November Royal Society "new trends" in evolution conference in London -- somewhat exasperated by the proceedings. And I agreed. But Eugene Koonin doesn't …

Pollution-fighting Vertical Forest buildings coming to China

Two living, breathing buildings will be able to produce around 130 pounds of clean oxygen a day.<p>China has pollution problems, and one Italian architect could have some answers.<p>The Chinese city of Nanjing is getting a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylised with around 1,100 trees and a …

China

UK electric car sales reach a record high

Electric car sales are slowly rising in the UK. Fresh figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 7,279 "alternatively fuelled vehicles" were registered in January. That's a 19.9 percent increase from the 6,072 reported last year. The category is still dwarfed by …

10 mitos sobre o trânsito segundo o CityLab

• 07:00 - 31 Janeiro, 2016<br>• por <b>Constanza Martínez Gaete</b><br>• Traduzido por <b>Camilla Sbeghen</b><p>10 mitos sobre o trânsito segundo o CityLab<p>Pensar que quanto mais …

Earth - The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light

It was September 2011 and physicist Antonio Ereditato had just shocked the world.<p>The announcement he had made promised to overturn our understanding of the Universe. If the data gathered by 160 scientists working on the OPERA project were correct, the unthinkable had been observed.<p>Particles – in …

Physics

Floating Solar Power Plants To Become A Reality

In the not so distant future, the power we need could very well be provided by floating solar power plants that are offshore. Wind farms have become very popular in recent years and now experts are looking at ways to create sustainable energy without having to develop land. The solution: use the …

Scientists Have Published a New Tree of Life

Charles Darwin famously imagined evolution as a tree full of branches, a metaphor that biologists have since used to depict how life is structured. …

National Geographic Magazine

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Extreme Sports

THE PHYSICS OF LIFE by Adrian Bejan

Renowned energy scientist Bejan (Mechanical Engineering/Duke Univ.; co-author: <i>Design in Nature</i>, 2013, etc.) reorients the query “what is life” within …

Physics

The 11 Laws of Systems Thinking

1. Today’s problems come from yesterday’s solutions.<p>We love to solve problems. There is feeling of satisfaction that occurs when we lay that last …

Morocco's megawatt solar plant powers up

<b>(CNN) —</b> Morocco is close to completing the world's largest concentrated solar power farm.<p>The site near the city of Ouarzazate -- famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" -- aims to produce enough energy to power over one million homes by the …

Renewable Energy

Future skylines: 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition - CNN Style

Skyscrapers

Contents

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Associate Professor on Sustainable Design at Paraná Federal University (UFPR). He is the coordinator of the Design & Sustainability Research Center, …

Prototypes

The design evolution of drawings

Central concepts and words that underpin the physics of evolutionary design today are reviewed in this article, such as: information, knowledge, …

Drawing

Celestial bodies born like cracking paint

Volumes under internal tension crack hierarchically, revealing how gravity created the universe's wide variety of body sizes<p>DURHAM, N.C. -- A Duke …

Physics

AIA Survey Shows that Non-Residential and Sustainable Construction Are Increasing

A set of reports by the AIA show an expected increase in spending on non-residential design for 2016 and 2017, as well as an emergence of more …

5 Things That Have A Major Impact On Your Carbon Footprint

Your life choices matter.<p>There are thousands of little actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint -- but you should consider a few major factors first.<p>Sustainability experts say, for instance, that changing your diet or the way you get to work can significantly cut the amount of …

Sustainability

Journals

A<p>ISSN: 1258-5769<p><b>Abstracted/indexed in:</b> Scopus, Ei Compendex<p>Topics in Series A include mathematics, general mathematical modelling, etc.<p>ISSN: 1240-4543<p>…

Google Scholar

Smug about your solar roof? Not so fast.

If you've installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There's a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now.<p>In most states (including California), rooftop solar panels earn Renewable Energy …

Renewable Energy

14 amazing fractals found in nature

Take a tour through the magical world of natural fractals and discover the joy of simple complexity.<p>When you think of fractals, you might think of …

WA's rooftop solar so popular power privatisation not an option, says expert

Prof Philip Jennings, a renewable energy expert, says investors would be unlikely to be interested in unprofitable power networks<p>Western Australia would not be able to privatise its electricity assets “even if they gave it to them for nothing” because the popularity of rooftop solar panels has made …

Solar Panels

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13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

The innovators: US scientists harness the power of evaporating water

A small Lego device on the shelf of professor Ozgur Sahin’s office at Columbia University could open up the possibility of another form of renewable energy, and one that is much cheaper than solar and wind.<p>Sahin has used the simple gadget to prove that evaporating water can be used to generate …

Engineering

This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

Oil and coal companies are either going to have to invest in renewables, or perish.<p>The fossil fuel industry is at a crossroads.<p>Oil and gas giants such as Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and BP continue to reap stupendous profits from selling products that contribute to the high levels of carbon …

Climate

Minimalist Thorax House in Toronto was inspired by human bones, skin and organs

This two-story house has a minimalist appearance reminiscent of early modernist architecture, but was actually inspired by human anatomy. The …

Architecture

How to make the most of carbon dioxide

Researchers hope to show that using the gas as a raw material could make an impact on climate change.<p>On 29 September, the XPRIZE Foundation based in …