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A tree may have the answers to renewable energy

Through an energy conversion process that mimics that of a tree, a University of Wisconsin-Madison materials scientist is making strides in renewable …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

Trains

The Invention Of The Solar Cell

60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.<p>The great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell wrote in 1874 to a colleague: “I saw conductivity of Selenium as affected by light. It is most sudden. Effect of a copper heater insensible. That of the sun great.”<p>Maxwell was …

Clean Energy

An insider's guide to Geneva

Most foreigners know Geneva as a quaint Swiss city, home to the United Nations, chocolate shops and watchmakers. But beyond the tourist haunts, in-the-know locals are slinking into underground jazz bars, exploring the city from the seats of vintage bikes and swapping luxury jewellery shops for …

The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence, and Scientific Thinking: Being Able to Make Connections

When we shared this image from the @buffer Twitter account a while back, it got me thinking. <b>The Tweet resulted in over 1,000 retweets</b>, which seems …

Don't Tell! These Restaurants Are Where Locals Eat in Florence

The sandwiches at Nerbone, at Florence's Central Market, have locals lining up -- and you should too. But save room for gelato! <i>Photo courtesy of thepinkpeppercorn/Flickr. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello of Budget Travel.</i><p>Yep, the guidebooks are packed with restaurant recommendations. And when it …

The world’s most endangered food

Many varieties of fruit, meat and vegetable are disappearing from our plates, says Rachel Nuwer. Why is this happening, and can we stop the rot?<p>The Svalbard Global Seed Vault could be mistaken for a set piece from a futuristic Stanley Kubrick film. It juts out of the side of a mountain in Svalbard …

Ukraine crisis: Europe’s stored gas high as prices soar

<b>Gas and oil prices have risen amid fears the Ukraine crisis could have a damaging effect on one of Europe's main energy supply routes.</b><p>But analysts say high European gas stocks will limit the turbulence.<p>Gas futures climbed by up to 10% in early trading, while the benchmark price for oil rose by more …

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

Guest Writer<p>Co-founder of thredUp.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we're only …

Time Management

The Riskiness Of Renewable Energy Investments

Two recent stories appeared in the New York Times whose divergent messages should have raised a few eyebrows about solar energy. One noted that soaring stock of SolarCity, founded by Elon Musk, and now a Wall Street darling (although perhaps part of a tech stock bubble, heavily debated). The …

Japan’s plan to supply all the world’s energy from a giant solar power plant on the moon

Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the …

Fossil Fuels

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Black Holes

Ocean 2050: How to sustain our biggest ecosystem

Mankind is consuming the ocean’s resources at an alarming rate. How do we sustain this vital resource for generations to come? National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle outlines some of the ways to save this vital ecosystem.<p>Predicting the future state of the ocean is tricky, partly …