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The Vanishing Island - Photographs by Daesung Lee | LensCulture

Imagine if over the next few decades, your home-town were to shrink by 1/2. No, not in population—in area. In available, physical space. What would you do? What could you do?<p>Ghoramara is an island located on a delta region in West Bengal. Due to climate change (melting ice in the Himalayas, …

Government (India)

Does Real-Time Feedback On Electricity Use Really Change Our Behavior?

Humans are fundamentally lazy. That extends to cutting down on energy use.<p>Is information power? Or more to the point, does information about our energy usage help us consume less power?<p>Even though there are a growing number of smart devices and systems on the market designed to give feedback about …

The World's Largest Power Plant Prevented 100 Million Tons Of Carbon Emissions In 2014

The Yangtze river power station generated 98.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014, the Three Gorges Dam Corporation said in a statement, topping the 2013 production from the Brazilian-Paraguayan Itaipu dam.<p>The amount of electricity generated by the Three Gorges plant is roughly …

Starting data analysis/wrangling with R: Things I wish I'd been told

October 14, 2014, [MD]<p>R is a very powerful open source environment for data analysis, statistics and graphing, with thousands of packages available. …

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 …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Time-Lapse | Earth

I've watched this video several dozen times now and it takes my breath away, <i>every single time</i>. It's a compilation of video shot by the astronauts from the International Space Station whilst orbiting Earth, and it's set to music. There's no message, no science, that I wish to describe: instead, I …

FYI: What Happens If I Put Rocket Fuel In My Gas Tank?

If your car is a diesel, it will run. Liquid hydrogen, the fuel that powered the space shuttle's main engines, could work, says Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But keeping hydrogen liquid requires maintaining it at a …

Portraits of Dogs With Human-Like Expressions

Is it just us or do most of these dogs look incredibly serious? Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Ralph Hargarten is behind this intriguing new series called <i>A Dog's Life</i> where he's shot portraits of dogs with facial expressions we often attribute to humans. Set against a simple black background, …

Pets

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

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Tiny chaos is key for flexible solar cells - Futurity

STANFORD (US) — Rigid organization works well for solar cells made of silicon crystals, but …

Solar Panels

We're wild for this photo of Mt. Rainier w/ the wildflowers at their peak! Credit: Tom Gubala http://t.co/IeGQcWqJEf

Sun will flip its magnetic field soon, NASA says

The sun's magnetic field is gearing up to shift, which happens once every 11 years, according to NASA officials.<p>The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says.<p>In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, …

Astronomy

Stained Glass That Doubles As A Solar Power Source

Artist Sarah Hall’s collection of glass facades are beautiful and good for the environment!<p>A cathedral in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan recently installed stained glass windows embedded with solar panels that will connect to the local electrical grid. "Lux Gloria" is one of several large-scale glass …

How to Use a Neutral Density Filter for Dynamic Landscape Photography

Neutral density filters are used to block some of the light coming into the lens so that we can have longer exposure times than the available light …

Landscape Photography

Adorable Photo Series Featuring Pixar's Wall-E in Everyday Situations

Wall-E was a big hit when it was released back in 2008. 3-D movies were not as common back then, so it was a real treat for kids to see their …

Cute

Interview with Wildlife Photographer Mario Moreno

<b>Have you ever had to put yourself in harm’s way to get the perfect shot?</b><p>A few times. I specially recall the one image of a rhino at sunrise. I had to …

South Africa

7 Useful Post Ideas for Your Own Photography Blog

Once most photographers become serious about their craft — whether they are amateur, professional, or something in between — they usually start …

Street Photography

‘Runaway greenhouse’ easier to trigger on Earth than thought, study says

NASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter took this false color image of Venus’ clouds during its mission circling the cloudy world from 1979 into 1992. The planet experienced a runaway greenhouse that evaporated its oceans. A similar scenario is could occur on Earth today, a new study says.<p>It's plausible that …

Climate Change

Bizarre ‘Schrodinger’s Cat’ comes alive in new experiments

In the classic Schrodinger's Cat thought experiment, a cat hidden inside a box containing a quantum-mechanical poison device can be thought of as both dead and alive until the box is opened.<p>The strangeness of the world of the very small that allows a particle to be in two states at once may extend …

Quantum Mechanics

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion …

FIDO Would Enable Dog-To-Human Communication

The device would benefit the military, the disabled, doctors, and maybe even you!<p>Three researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, including one of the co-creators of Google Glass, are working to develop a new piece of technology attire--for dogs. The project, FIDO (Facilitating …

The Amazing Potential Of Wave Energy, In Numbers

Some major wave energy installations are planned for the U.K. and the U.S.<p>Plans for the world's biggest wave farm got the go-ahead from the Scottish government, the BBC reported last week. Exactly how big is the farm? It will create more than twice as much energy as nearby homes will be able to use.<p>…

North America's first offshore wind turbine deployed in Maine

The number of wind power installations connected to the electrical grid in the US has exploded in recent years, driven in part by government tax credits for renewables, but all of them have been confined to land so far. That changed today, when North America's first-ever offshore wind turbine, the …

Small is beautiful

ONE problem with renewable energy is that neither the wind nor the sun is reliable. That cannot, however, be said of the tides. The Newtonian …

APOD: A Year on the Sun (2013 Apr 26) Image Credit: NASA, Solar Dynamics Observatory http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130426.html Explanation: Our solar system's miasma of incandescent plasma, the Sun may look a little scary here. The picture is a composite of 25 images recorded in extreme ultraviolet light by the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory between April 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013. The particular wavelength of light, 171 angstroms, shows emission from highly ionized iron atoms in the solar corona at a characteristic temperatures of about 600,000 kelvins (about 1 million degrees F). Girdling both sides of the equator during the approach to maximum in its 11-year solar cycle, the solar active regions are laced with bright loops and arcs along magnetic field lines. Of course, a more familiar visible light view would show the bright active regions as groups of dark sunspots. Three years of Solar Dynamics Observatory images are compressed into this short video. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/news/first-light-3rd.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHvPJp9YFfY Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130426 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0426

Robotic insect: World's smallest flying robot takes off

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/975000/975155_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524671702_e9b7da0ef458fa7d0e86e28a83aafb08<p><b>Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects.</b><p>This …

Robotics