How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

“All of that information really adds up.” When the European Union's regulations forced US companies to remove some tracking code from their sites for European visitors, USA Today's homepage shed 90 percent of its data size and loaded 15 times faster, as the designers at Mightybytes reported.

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

At the 2018 United Nations climate meeting in Poland, the European Union and the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a joint declaration that climate change activists say could help India meet its renewable energy target by 2022.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

The Cybertruck presents a golden opportunity to pioneer technologies that eliminate residual emissions from automotive manufacturing.The most obvious way to achieve this is through designing cars to be part of a so-called circular economy–wherein products are reused and recycled, rather than thrown away.

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

I’m going to look at a bunch of different ways that humans have invented to increase or decrease temperature.But the main point is that two things can have the same temperature but different thermal energies.

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

But the real star of the show is a small solar panel developed by the physicists at the Naval Research Lab that will be used to conduct the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

Covid-19 Is Pulling the Plug on Clean Energy Jobs

Covid-19 Is Pulling the Plug on Clean Energy Jobs

The first thing Solar States did was distribute masks and gloves to workers, company founder Micah Gold-Markel told Grist.Solar States’ 30 laid-off employees are among more than 106,000 clean energy workers who lost their jobs in March, according to a new analysis released last Wednesday.

Hackers Target Oil Companies as Prices Plunge

Hackers Target Oil Companies as Prices Plunge

As the world’s top oil producers prepared for a weeklong meeting earlier this month to plan a response to slumping prices of crude, espionage hackers commenced a sophisticated spear-phishing campaign that was concentrated on US-based energy companies.

Fusion Energy Gets Ready to Shine—Finally

Fusion Energy Gets Ready to Shine—Finally

Since the isotopes creating the fusion energy will be 10 times hotter than the sun, two layers of magnetic coils ringing the machine will keep them caged within.

How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?

How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?

Back in February, an analysis by the climate group Carbon Brief found that as the pandemic seized hold of China’s economy and heavy industries shuttered, emissions from the country plummeted by an incredible 25 percent.

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

The next step, says Bakkers, will be to use the technique they’ve developed to create a tiny laser made from the silicon alloy.

How to Refuel a Nuclear Power Plant During a Pandemic

How to Refuel a Nuclear Power Plant During a Pandemic

The latest shipment of fuel arrived at the plant well before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill, says Greg Cameron, the nuclear communications director at Palo Verde.

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

The new Formula E cars will be the first to use extremely fast charging stations that pack enough power to fully charge a Tesla Model S battery in about 10 minutes.For the last 15 years, the company has been perfecting an XFC, or extremely fast charging lithium-ion battery with a pure silicon anode.

Want Electric Ships? Build A Better Battery

Want Electric Ships? Build A Better Battery

Later this year, the world’s largest all-electric container ship is expected to take its maiden voyage, setting sail from a port in Norway and traveling down the Scandanavian coast.Last year, a small fire in the battery room of a hybrid electric ferry in Norway resulted in an explosion.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Down Emissions, but Not for Long

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Down Emissions, but Not for Long

“When the Chinese economy does recover, they are likely to see an increase in emissions in the short term to sort of make up for lost time, in terms of production,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, which advocates for climate action.

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

However, as the degrading sexualization of Thunberg and others demonstrates, the criticism and harassment women politicians and activists experience is different in kind than that experienced by their male counterparts.

Data Centers Aren't Devouring the Planet's Electricity—Yet

Data Centers Aren't Devouring the Planet's Electricity—Yet

At the same time, the report warns that there’s no guarantee that the efficiency drive will continue in the face of data-hungry new technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G.Some previous analyses have suggested data center energy use has doubled, or more, over the last decade.

Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

For the past year, scientists at INL have started recycling spent uranium to meet the fuel needs of a new generation of small commercial reactors.

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath, between, and around rows of photovoltaic panels.In the United States, less than 5 megawatts’ worth of solar arrays have crops planted beneath them, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL.

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

So in 2011, an Icelandic energy startup called Carbon Recycling International built the George Olah plant, which captures Svartsengi’s CO2 emissions and turns them into a carbon-neutral fuel.

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Yet if you were to construct a giant solar farm in space and beam that energy to Earth, the power of the sun would be available around the clock.If Bezos spent just 1 percent of the Earth Fund to develop space-based solar power, it would effectively double the available funding in the US.

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

In 2017, researchers from the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, run by the Icelandic government and a consortium of national energy companies, reported they had reached supercritical fluids 3 miles beneath the surface.

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This is highly influenced by temperature: An adult antechinus’ metabolism shifts to expend less energy when it’s cold during the winter, and there isn’t much insect prey for it to hunt.

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

His secret ingredient is nanoengineered particles of silicon, which can supercharge lithium-ion cells when they’re used as the battery’s negative electrode, or anode.Several lithium-ion cell prototypes containing Sila Nanotechnologies' silicon anode.

A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)

A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)

Interestingly, while the human-made pacemaker makes the jellyfish swim three times as fast, the animals only used twice as much energy to do it.

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

The license to operate the two reactors at the Philippsburg nuclear facility expired at midnight after 35 years of providing carbon-free power to Germans living along the country’s southwestern border.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

And as the damage caused by climate change becomes more apparent, AI experts are increasingly troubled by those energy demands.“The concern is that machine-learning algorithms in general are consuming more and more energy, using more data, training for longer and longer,” says Sasha Luccioni, a postdoctoral researcher at Mila, an AI research institute in Canada.

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Their reliance on toxic, flammable materials means the smallest defect can result in exploding gadgets .A team of researchers led by physicists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory believed a safer battery was possible, and for the past five years they have been developing a lithium-ion battery that’s seemingly immune to failure.

Do LEDs Cause Orange Presidents?

Do LEDs Cause Orange Presidents?

Incandescent bulbs are classified by how much electrical power they use, like 60 watts or 100 watts.This is how old-fashioned fluorescent tubes work, except that the UV light is produced by LEDs instead of an excited gas.

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

When the last person left the moon in 1972, few could have predicted that humans wouldn’t return for another 50 years.The agency is planning a crewed mission to the moon in 2024 , and this time it wants to stick around.

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.