Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

To prevent the worst effects of climate change we need to extract carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air and store it on a huge scale. Deliberately exposing large volumes of air to water containing potassium ions (similar to salt water) can effectively capture CO₂ very cost-effectively.

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

This group will coordinate to direct their giving collectively, with the twin goals of creating a set of guidelines that will revamp the computer science major to appeal more to women of color and while building dedicated communities that will support these women within the industry, among other things.Gates has long contended that collecting data is critical to addressing the social challenges she has spent the second part of her career tackling as a philanthropist; companies may say they care deeply about problems, but until the research exists to show them exactly what the problem looks like, how it’s changing, and what measures have been shown to be effective in addressing it, not much changes.

EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation

EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation

The climate law could suck in as much imported wood as Europe harvests each year because it will count energy created from the burning of whole trees as “carbon neutral”, according to several academics including a former vice-chair of the UN IPCC.

A 600-Meter-Long Plastic Catcher Heads to Sea. But Scientists Are Skeptical

A 600-Meter-Long Plastic Catcher Heads to Sea. But Scientists Are Skeptical

The free-floating Ocean Cleanup system may well snag the bits at the surface, but with a screen made of woven polyurethane that hangs down 3 meters at its lengthiest, it’s limited in what it can reach.“There's also the fact that you're collecting and aggregating plastics, and so that's actually going to attract more animals to it,” says Martini.

Melting glaciers increasing risk of landslide-triggered tsunamis, study reveals

Melting glaciers increasing risk of landslide-triggered tsunamis, study reveals

Melting glaciers could be triggering a ripple effect of natural disasters that culminates in massive tsunamis, according to new research. This problem is likely to be exacerbated along the icy coastlines of Greenland, Patagonia and Norway, where huge chunks of rock smashing into the water can create towering waves.

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free ReachJabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesThe algorithms that govern how we find information online are once again in the news—but you have to squint to find them.“Trump Accuses Google of Burying Conservative News in Search Results,” reads an August 28 New York Times headline.

How Self-Driving Supergroup Aurora Plans to Make Robocars Real

How Self-Driving Supergroup Aurora Plans to Make Robocars Real

But now that it’s looking build up its team (currently about 160-strong), it has published a blog post laying out its approach to robo-driving.WIRED sat down with Urmson, Aurora's CEO, to go over its key points—including the role of machine learning, measuring progress, and proving safety—and how he and his cofounders are handing their second lap around this track.Teaching the MachineIn developing this technology, it’s tempting to fall into what Urmson calls “ladder building.” For example, if you’re working on bringing the car to a stop, you want to keep making it smoother and smoother.

Climate Change DEAD ZONE: Scientists warn clock is ticking as ‘oceans suffocate’

Climate Change DEAD ZONE: Scientists warn clock is ticking as ‘oceans suffocate’

Oceanographers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) came across their finding after deploying a team of robot submarines in the Gulf of Oman.Their collected data found a monstrous dead zone the size of the US state of Florida – and the area is unfortunately spreading.Dead zones, or Oxygen Minimum Zones, are areas with extremely low levels of oxygen in bodies of water such as oceans and large lakes.Dr Bastien Queste from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences said: “Dead zones are areas devoid of oxygen.

Turns Out Cities Can't Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change

Turns Out Cities Can't Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change

That case had the same outcome, this time from Judge William Alsup of the Northern District1 of California: “Although the scope of plaintiffs’ claims is determined by federal law, there are sound reasons why regulation of the worldwide problem of global warming should be determined by our political branches, not by our judiciary,” he writes.

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions far below legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine technology.