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Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

Study Shows 'Megadrought' May Soon Hit Southwestern U.S.

Arizona and California are in the 15th year of the worst drought on record. But the next one could reach as far as Texas and last 35 years.<p>The American Southwest may be headed for a “megadrought,” an arid period longer than any in recent memory.<p>A megadrought is the name for a decades-long dry …

Underwater: Why the EPA is struggling to combat pollution

Forty-two years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, debate abounds about the legislation’s application<p>Naveena Sadasivam<p>July 27, 2014 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of …

The Sunni-Shiite Divide Explained With Extremely Useful Maps And Timelines

"If we want to understand the Middle East, if we want to understand why conflicts are happening the way they are, and how these conflicts may be resolved, we cannot take our eyes of the Shiite-Sunni conflict, says Vali R. Nasr, Dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins …

Electricity-eating bacteria are all around us, says researchers

Bacteria that feed on pure electricity are all around us, say researchers who have demonstrated their findings by growing the bacteria directly on …

Audi's New Tech Can Turn Every Traffic Light In Front Of You Green

While we're waiting for certain German scientists to perfect adaptive traffic lights, other German scientists at Audi came up with traffic light …

UltraBattery a Boon to Renewable Energy, Grid Storage, and EVs

<i>UltraBattery® with its Inventor, Dr. Lan Lam (Image courtesy of CSIRO)</i><p>Batteries pack a lot of energy into a small space, but they’re slow to charge, …

STOCKS EXPLODE TO ALL-TIME HIGHS AFTER FED TAPERS: Here's What You Need To Know

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Sony cuts profit outlook by 40 percent despite strong smartphone sales

Sony made an operating profit of ¥14.8 billion ($151 million) in the second quarter of its fiscal year, as strong smartphone sales and a weak yen partially offset poor performance in the entertainment division. The company's mobile division brought in ¥418.6 billion yen ($4.27 billion), a 39 …

This New Smart Wheel Will Instantly Make Your Bike Electric

The FlyKly Smart Wheel is a slim, lightweight motor that easily attaches to your back wheel and–voila!–you don’t have to pedal anymore. Extra bonus: Your bike can now track your routes.<p>A few years ago, a shiny red wheel that turns any bike into an electric bike emerged from MIT’s SENSEable City …

Electric Bikes

European Economic Stability Threatened By Renewable Energy Subsidies

The stability of Europe’s electricity generation is at risk from the warped market structure caused by skyrocketing renewable energy subsidies that have swarmed across the continent over the last decade.<p>This sentiment was echoed a week ago by the CEOs of Europe’s largest energy companies, who …

Super-large-scale solar installations are surging in the US

Don’t write Big Solar off yet. With the plunge in photovoltaic panel prices, US utilities that once enthusiastically signed deals for massive solar power plants to be built in the desert began to favor small installations deployed near cities that don’t require the construction of …

Solar Power