Category: Technology

Record-breaking double star may be cannibalising itself

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Originally Published by New Scientist – EarthA binary star with the longest and most infrequent eclipses ever may bust the records because one star is stealing material from the other Topic: Technology

Case made for ‘ninth planet’

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentAmerican astronomers say they have strong evidence that there is a ninth planet in our Solar System orbiting far beyond even the dwarf world Pluto. Topic: Technology

Four new elements added to periodic table

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Originally Published by EarthSkyIn an event likely never to be repeated, four new superheavy elements were last week simultaneously added to the periodic table. To add four in one go is quite an achievement but the race to find more is ongoing. Back in 2012, the International Unions of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and […]

African Lights: Solar Microgrids Bring Power to Kenyan Villages

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 Small-scale microgrids are increasingly seen as the most promising way to bring electricity to the 1.3 billion people worldwide who currently lack it. In Kenya, an innovative solar company is using microgrids to deliver power to villages deep in the African bush. Topic: Technology

Hoping for a Price Surge, Oil Companies Keep Wells in Reserve

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Originally Published by NYT > EnvironmentSome drilled oil and natural gas wells across the country are currently not producing, but are ready to be tapped quickly if prices begin to rise. Topic: Policy

An All Wind, Water, and Solar Grid Will Be Stable Without Batteries

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Originally Published by IEEE Spectrum Recent ContentThe U.S. electrical grid could rely completely on solar, wind, and water power, and existing low-cost methods of storing energy—rather than than giant battery farms—could help make up for the erratic nature of the sources of that electricity, researchers say. Topic: Sustainability, Technology

Grow your own way

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science A new study co-authored by an MIT economist suggests that international trade will do little to alleviate climate-induced farming problems. Instead, the report indicates that countries will have to alter their own patterns of crop production to lessen farming problems and even then, there will be significant net […]

New camouflage mechanism fish use in the open ocean

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily Fish have a remarkable way to hide from their predators using camouflage techniques. A new study shows that fish scales have evolved to not only reflect light, but to also scramble polarization. Researchers identified the tissue structure that fish evolved to do this, which could be […]

World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianReal life trials of a groundbreaking array designed to clean up the vast plastic island in the Pacific are due to begin next year after successful tests of a prototype in the Netherlands   Topic: Oceans, Technology

Galileo satellites set for year-long Einstein experiment

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Originally Published by ESA Top NewsEurope’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites – subject to complex salvage manoeuvres following their launch last year into incorrect orbits – will help to perform an ambitious year-long test of Einstein’s most famous theory. Topic: Technology