Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Oil companies have done about 70 deals in sectors including solar, wind and biofuels so far this year, already close to surpassing the total for the whole of 2018, according to the report.

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

“Once the industry scales up, renewable hydrogen could be produced from wind or solar power for the same price as natural gas in most of Europe and Asia,” Kobad Bhavnagri, BNEF’s head of special projects, said in the report on Wednesday.

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

“If you start far from equilibrium, like in the early universe, how does the arrow of time emerge, starting from first principles?” said Jürgen Berges, a theoretical physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany who has studied this problem for more than a decade.

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien. That’s why Tarter and her colleagues have worked to diversify their approach, considering other ways an alien species might leave a “technosignature.” Maybe they like lasers.

How Long Would It Take to Bicycle to the Moon?

How Long Would It Take to Bicycle to the Moon?

If instead you pedaled for six hours a day, it would take four times as long—so that's almost three years, and it's not even all the way to the moon.

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits

This process is known as exciton fission and means that the solar cell is able to use high energy photons from the blue-green part of the visible spectrum. Baldo says that using tetracene could bump the theoretical energy efficiency limit up to 35 percent—higher than was ever thought possible for single-junction cells.

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

For his series The Gold of Gondo , Cerasoli juxtaposes photographs of blockchain computing with images of abandoned gold mines, prompting viewers to wonder what, in a hundred years, will remain of Alpine Tech's bitcoin boom.

The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

In the 1970s a researcher named MR Pointer actually set out to account for all the colors reflected by the surfaces we humans see—a very different problem than the colored lights a screen might emit, but hold that thought.

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America.

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Extreme weather events are a leading cause of blackouts around the world and the blackout in Argentina is a reminder that our electric grids aren’t ready to handle the increasing intensity of storms resulting from climate change.

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News. Korea has taken the top spot among quality cars, scientists have created a robot fish that runs on blood, and Taylor Swift is causing a stir.

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This new robotic lionfish does indeed have batteries, but they are sprinkled throughout its body and operate in conjunction with two pumps—one for powering the pectoral fins and the other for the tail.

Estimate the Energy of an Utterly Massive Wind Turbine

Estimate the Energy of an Utterly Massive Wind Turbine

They claim that just one turn of these giant wind turbines can generate enough energy to power a house for a whole day. That works with a different method .That's great and all, but how do you estimate the power (and then the energy) from a wind turbine?

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News. Researchers have discovered the existence of ancient potheads, an Alphabet-owned company conducted a controversial Russian troll experiment, and local politicians could save us from the crypto-pocalypse.

Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.

Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Joule, his team takes a closer look at the energy consumption of bitcoin mining, based on where miners are located and the types of machines they are using.

Geothermal Energy Could Save the Climate—or Trigger Lots of Quakes

Geothermal Energy Could Save the Climate—or Trigger Lots of Quakes

But getting there depends on loosening regulations and borrowing drilling techniques from oil and gas companies.“It’s a great resource, but one that doesn’t get a lot of love,” said Spencer Nelson, who directs the energy innovation program at ClearPath and wrote the memo.

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

“The greatest threat to the viability of military facilities in eastern North Carolina is not wind farms, it’s the encroachment of houses and homes on the training area,” Castellaw says.

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

How Dyson builds its batteries and motors will have just as much of an effect on how the car performs, if not more, as anything laid out in the patent applications.

The Basic Physics of the Kilogram's Fancy New Definition

The Basic Physics of the Kilogram's Fancy New Definition

Yes, the ΔE is the change in energy levels, f is the jiggle-frequency and h is Planck's constant. The easiest way to perturb a system to get the electron to change energy levels is to use light.

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The spillway is 7000 feet long (2134 meters for non-Imperials).There are 350 "bays" that can be opened with each bay 20 feet wide (6.1 meters).The maximum flow capacity is 250,000 cubic feet per second of water flow (you can convert this to m3/s as a homework question).The floodway (the part of land that becomes a temporary river) is 5.7 miles long.

Bluetooth's Complexity Has Become a Security Risk

Bluetooth's Complexity Has Become a Security Risk

"One major reason Bluetooth is involved in so many cases is just how complex this protocol is," says Ben Seri, one of the researchers who discovered BlueBorne and vice president of research at the embedded device security firm Armis.

This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

Working with scientists at the Schatz Energy Research Center at nearby Humboldt State University, and the local utility PG&E, the Rancheria developed its own solar-powered microgrid, allowing it to disconnect from the main grid and run off Tesla battery power.

The Grid Might Survive an Electromagnetic Pulse Just Fine

The Grid Might Survive an Electromagnetic Pulse Just Fine

The study by the Electric Power Research Institute, a utility-funded research organization, finds that existing technology can protect various components of the electric grid to buffer it from the effects of solar flares, lightning strikes, as well as an EMP from a nuclear blast, all at the same time.

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

“Carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels from electricity can help solve two of our biggest energy challenges: managing intermittent renewables and decarbonizing the hard-to-electrify parts of transportation and industry,” says David Keith, acting chief scientist of Carbon Engineering, which is developing much larger stand-alone devices for sucking CO2 out of the air and storing it, known as carbon capture and storage, or CCS.

The Physics of Heating Up Water with a Battery

The Physics of Heating Up Water with a Battery

With that, I can measure the change in temperature of the water to calculate the change in thermal energy and compare that to the energy produced by the battery.

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

If the bolt hit a hard surface and stopped in a super short period of time, the impact force would be much larger than if it hit a soft surface (soft like a watermelon head).

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last

The developers of the Vineyard Wind project say their turbines—anchored about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard—will generate 800 megawatts of electricity once they start spinning sometime in 2022.

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

The funding agreement was signed today by FAO Assistant Director-General for Programme Support and Technical Cooperation, Roberto Ridolfi, and the Deputy Director of GCF's Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Andreas Biermann, at FAO headquarters in Rome.