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Researchers figured out how to generate power from falling raindrops — which could solve the biggest problem with solar energy

One of the biggest problems plaguing the widespread adoption of solar power is, quite simply, rainy weather.<p>Solar panels are designed to convert sunlight into electricity. But when it's cloudy or rainy, they're rendered useless. There are batteries, like the Tesla Powerwall, designed to store …

Clean Energy

How Well Did Wind Energy Perform During the Bomb Cyclone?

By Hannah Hunt<p>Extreme weather events offer an opportunity to take stock of our power system—how well will it withstand days of prolonged stress? …

These huge new wind turbines are a marvel. They’re also the future.

The latest model has blades longer than football fields.<p>The declining price of solar power gets more press, but there are big things happening in wind technology too. And I mean <i>big</i>.<p>The math on wind turbines is pretty simple: Bigger is better. Specifically, there are two ways to produce more power …

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale prototype, it has the potential to be competitive with currently available lithium-ion batteries.<p>The …

Clean Energy

Here’s how much it costs to mine a single bitcoin in your country

So-called bitcoin mining is a hot topic of in the cryptocurrency world.<p>That’s chiefly because of the rising electricity costs associated with …

Bitcoin Mining

What happens to your body when you stop having sex

While many of us probably couldn’t imagine a life without sex, every now and then it’s natural to experience a “dry spell.”<p>So what effect does …

Solar power: What happens when we start producing more electricity than we can consume?

While Australia leads the world in the use of rooftop solar power, some experts say there could soon be too much power coming online — and …

A Mysterious Anomaly Under Africa Is Radically Weakening Earth's Magnetic Field

This could be precursor to Earth's poles swapping places.<p>Above our heads, something is not right. Earth's magnetic field is in a state of dramatic …

Want Sustainable Clothing? It's Time to Meet Regenerative Fiber

By Valerie Vande Panne<p>Do you know where your clothes came from?<p>No, not the store, the label or the brand. Or China, India or Vietnam.<p>I mean, do you …

Aspark Owl Electric Hypercar

Electric cars have been blowing our minds since the Tesla Roadsters became the first highway legal electric cars to be made in serial production with …

Elon Musk's brother Kimbal is also aiming to change the world

In Brooklyn, budding agricultural entrepreneurs set up year-round farms inside 10 retired metal ocean shipping containers and grow crops like …

Pollen data shows humans reversed natural global cooling | John Abraham

Current temperatures are hotter than at any time in the history of human civilization<p>In order to understand today’s global warming, we need to understand how Earth’s temperatures varied in the past. How does the rapid warming we see now compare with past natural climate changes? Also, how long have …

Climate Change

There’s a new contender in the quest for the next superbattery

It’s been nearly 40 years since the battery world had a major shake up. In 1980, a researcher at England’s University of Oxford made the first …

Hanergy's thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

China-based Hanergy just launched the highest efficiency single-junction solar panel ever created. Hanergy’s US-based subsidiary Alta Devices …

We are doomed

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Robotics

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Can Fuel Cell Vehicles Take Off?

We hear a lot about the advancement of EVs, with car manufacturers announcing tens of billions of investment. Compared to this seeming avalanche, the …

How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

The Southern Ocean was a sanctuary – but now Japan’s boats have military hardware and conservationists can no longer track them<p>A fleet of Japanese ships is currently hunting minke whales in the Southern Ocean. It is a politically incendiary practice: the waters around Antarctica were long ago …

Southern Ocean

Bitcoin is ruining the planet

If you're like me, you've probably been ignoring the bitcoin phenomenon for years — because it seemed too complex, far-fetched, or maybe even too libertarian. But if you have any interest in a future where the world moves beyond fossil fuels, you and I should both start paying attention now.<p>Last …

Bitcoin Mining

Our fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that.

Iceland is cold. But it sits atop one of the world’s hottest underground regions, giving the country the ability to tap into a massive store of geothermal energy held by live volcanoes beneath Icelanders’ feet. Drill down only a few hundred meters, and trapped water will come gushing out as …

Fossil Fuels

There's A Sustainable Energy Source You've Never Heard Of And It Could Power Most Of The USA

It could even be better than solar and wind.<p>By now we’re all familiar with the likes of solar and wind power as alternatives to using up …

Renewable Energy

The Black Death helped reveal how long humans have polluted the planet

Before this 14th-century plague, there was lead in the air.<p>When the Black Death barreled through Europe in the 14th century, people had every reason to believe the end of the world was at hand. During the height of the pandemic, entire towns were felled. At least 75 million people met gruesome …

Pollution

Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests

Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has …

THE BAD AT SCIENCE GUY: Bill Nye Tries to Link Global Warming To Hurricanes, Fails Basic Hurricane Science

Speaking with Dan Rather on Sirius XM, Bill Nye, The Bad-At-Science Guy, argued that the hurricanes the U.S. is experiencing have been strengthened …

How climate change is a 'death sentence' in Afghanistan's highlands

Global warming should be taken as seriously as fighting insurgents, say those witnessing the savage impact first-hand<p>The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked …

Lego wants to solve the world's plastics problem with a biomaterial that can survive generations

In March, the Lego Group unveiled the world’s tallest Lego wind turbine to celebrate having met its 100% renewable-energy target three years ahead of schedule.<p>The 30-ft-tall wind turbine built from 146,000 Lego bricks pays tribute to the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm near Liverpool, UK, …

Sustainability

Trump's alarming environmental rollback: what's been scrapped so far

Since January, the White House, Congress and EPA have engineered a dizzying reversal of regulations designed to protect the environment and public health<p>Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate deal may have followed months of anguished division amongst his closest …

Pesticides

A Group of Scientists Says We Have Three Years to Save The Planet From Irreversible Destruction

It's crunch time.<p>A planet devastated by climate change may seem like a distant future. But Earth is already experiencing effects today.<p>Globally, the …

Germany to boost green energy in Africa - but will it work?

With Africa’s energy demand on the rise, the German government is launching a new initiative aimed at helping citizens in African countries produce …

Solar panel giant: Sun rises on new era for photovoltaics

Biggest producer says B&R demand switching on Chinese capacity growth<p>JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd, the world's biggest solar panel producer by …