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Alevo, The Other Energy Storage Gigafactory, Begins To Stir

In late 2014, a virtually unknown company called Alevo announced it was entering the energy storage market with a new inorganic, sulfur-based lithium ion battery technology that it had acquired from the bankrupt German company fortu PowerCell. Alevo entered the U.S. with a big splash, investing …

Clean Energy

This simple formula can tell if you’re getting ripped off by an airline

Travelers no longer have to guess whether they got a decent deal on airfare or not.<p>There’s now a straightforward formula that can reveal whether …

Air Travel
Investing
Stock Markets

Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

Houseplants do wonders for a house: they breathe new life to a room, add a bright pop of color, and purify the air. Not all plants are equally …

5 stocks everyone in their 30s should own

You might think that your younger years are a great time to roll the dice on "it" stocks like Tesla Motors and Netflix, but that's simply not the case.<p>Instead, here are five stocks our analysts feel could provide 30-somethings with outstanding long-term results.<p>John Maxfield: If there's one stock …

Investing

These 'babbler' birds could shed light on human language

Move over, parrots. Here's another bird with some impressive "language" skills: The chestnut-crowned babbler. Scientists studying the social birds have discovered that they can rearrange meaningless sounds in their calls to form different, meaningful messages.<p>The findings, described in the journal …

12 incredible US destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent Quora thread discussed unique places in the United States that aren't frequently visited by tourists.<p>From the picturesque False Kiva in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, whose exact destination remains a secret, to the crystal-blue Havasupai Falls in Grand Canyon National Park, here are 12 …

National Parks

Here’s how Bernie Sanders could win: The one issue where Hillary’s vulnerable, and where the Tea Party might be right

If progressives want to retake government, a full-throated war on public corruption is the key to everything<p>After one of many trips to sub-Saharan Africa, Bono recalled that on his first visit there he thought its biggest problem was AIDS. Later, it seemed it was poverty; after many visits over …

Middle-class

Propelled By Apple And Samsung, Fingerprint Sensor Market Expected To Grow Four Times By 2020

Fingerprint sensor manufacturing hasn’t exactly been the most exciting market. That’s at least until Apple and Samsung started sticking fingerprint scanners into their smartphones.<p>Research firm IHS expects the market to grow almost four times to nearly $1.7 billion by 2020, according to a new …

Clean Energy

World’s Top Serial Bird Killers Put Infamous Windmills to Shame

Pity the birds.<p>As if cats weren’t bad enough, humans have invented all sorts of torture devices for our winged friends. We’ve paved over their …

Best birding in highlands and islands

Prepare for some close encounters of the bird kind with our field guide to finding (feathered) friends in far-flung places. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Greater Bird-of-paradise, Indonesia<p>Greater Bird-of-paradise by Andrea Lawardi. Image from Wikimedia …

Birds

What's old is new again: newly discovered songbird family is ancient

Scientists analysing songbird DNA discovered that the spotted wren-babbler is neither a wren nor a wren-babbler, nor even a babbler. Instead, it represents an old evolutionary family that has no close living relatives.<p>A newly published study has uncovered a previously unknown family of songbirds …

The perovskite lightbulb moment for solar power

Cheap, abundant solar power from Britain's grey skies? Don't mock, this is one dream that could soon be a reality<p>The worst part of my job as a materials scientist is going to conferences. They are often turgid affairs conducted in the ballrooms of hotels so identical to one another that you can't …

Meet the adorable Fairy Penguin, the smallest penguin species on Earth!

When we published an article about Maremma sheepdogs being used as 'bodyguards' to protect Fairy Penguins (aka Little Penguins, Blue Penguins, Kororā …

Cute

How birds fly in V formation

A new study says birds precisely time when they flap their wings, and position themselves to capture upwash (“good air”) and avoid downwash or (“bad …

Birds Killed By Skyscrapers: An Oddly Life-Affirming Photo Essay

Artist Lynne Parks examines the toll urban light pollution takes on migrating birds.<p>Nine years ago, artist Lynne Parks got into birdwatching. The Baltimore-based artist, who has suffered from cancer since childhood, found something life-affirming in the birds’ energy. She soon joined a local …

Skyscrapers

Here's a Climate-Change Fix: a Giant Solar-Power Plant on the Moon

Imagined by Japan, staffed by robots<p>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 …

Comet Ison to light up morning skies in the run-up to Christmas

The best time to see Ison in the UK will be the first two weeks of December – if it survives a close encounter with the sun<p>If it survives an encounter with the sun this week, comet Ison will put on an impressive early morning display in the run-up to Christmas. But anyone hoping for a …

How can I see Comet ISON? | Space Facts – Astronomy, the Solar System & Outer Space | All About Space Magazine

ISON has reached a magnitude theoretically bright enough for naked eye observations. However, without an extremely dark site and very good eyesight, …

Astronomy

Two-Tailed Ancient Bird Uncovered

An ancient dinosaur-era bird turns out to have two tails, one perhaps for flying and the other for showing off.<p><b>The early bird gets two tails? A 120-million-year-old bird sported a long tail and a second, unexpected tail frond, paleontologists suggest. The discovery points to a complicated</b> …

Unusual Pictures: "Calcified" Birds, Bats Found at African Lake

Dead bats and birds preserved by a salty lake in Tanzania have been brought back to life in a photographic series.

Lake Natron: Northern Tanzania Lake Turns Birds to Stone

Lake Natron, located in northern Tanzania, petrifies all animals that fall into it. A photographer captured images of birds that were essentially …

Female birds' choices prevent species divide - Futurity

Mate choices among female red-backed fairywrens seem to be keeping the species from splitting into …

Birds

Butterbutt biology: warblers, migration and mitochondria

A non-migratory population of songbirds appears to have acquired mitochondria from their close relatives that are migratory, potentially allowing these birds to migrate better<p>A non-migratory population of songbirds appears to have acquired mitochondria from their close relatives that are migratory, …

Saving Birds from Extinction in the Mascarene Archipelago

Changing Planet<p>This week I have returned to Reunion Island in the Mascarene archipelago (Western Indian Ocean) for a regional conference on landscape rat control to save birds at imminent risk of extinction. I haven’t been back to Reunion since I left nearly five years ago after working for a year …

How I Lasted Five Months In South America On $14 A Day

We were just beginning to feel the heat of the Great Recession, and journalism jobs were few and far between. The flagship paper in my home state just laid off half its staff, and the entire business looked like one big dead-end.<p>Somehow, I wound up with an offer from a local newspaper anyway. It …

South America

Your Life in a Backpack: What to Pack For 6 Months Traveling Abroad

Think back to your last vacation. I bet your suitcases were so stuffed you had to sit on them just to get the zipper closed, and that was just for one week! Now imagine if you had to pack absolutely everything you needed for six months on the road, or even a year, and it all had to fit into one big …

Backpacking