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Scientists make strides in beaming solar power from space

The idea of powering humanity by gathering an endless supply of solar energy from space has taken a huge step towards becoming a reality. Scientists working for JAXA, Japan's space administration, have announced a major breakthrough in wireless power transmission ... in that they've actually been …

The Fate of Trees: How Climate Change May Alter Forests Worldwide

By the end of the century, the woodlands of the Southwest will likely be reduced to weeds and shrubs. And scientists worry that the rest of the …

Ocean Acidification Chipping Away at Snail Shells

Corrosive waters are damaging the shells of marine snails off the U.S. West Coast.<p>Ocean acidification isn't proceeding at a snail's pace, says new research.<p>The study finds that corrosive water off the U.S. West Coast is dissolving the shells of a marine snail, also known as a sea butterfly, that is …

Four Years After the Blowout... Has Anything Changed?

Four years ago this Sunday night, BP's Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well blew out, killing 11 workers, destroying the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible rig, and putting an estimated 5 million barrels of oil into the water. The Gulf continues to suffer the effects of oil that remains, and many …

Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate …

Renewable Energy

Underwater Ocean Energy Turbine Harvests Vast & Powerful Marine Currents

Ocean currents contain a massive amount of energy that's usually hidden beneath the waves - but a new Ocean Energy Turbine has the potential to …

If you were watching “Game of Thrones,” you missed Neil Tyson’s solution to global warming

Last night’s episode of Fox’s <i>Cosmos</i> series didn’t <i>seem</i> political or controversial, at least on the surface. Rather, it introduced us to the world on …

Geography in the News: Chernobyl’s Legacy

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,</i> <i>Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>Chernobyl’s legacy endures</b><p>Chernobyl is a place known around the world. The meltdown at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 made front-page news and, until Japan’s Fukushima disaster of 2011, was considered the world’s …