An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

Even if rooftop solar panels were free to everyone, the authors say, homeowners in these areas wouldn’t be able to use power from solar panels to run appliances or charge an electric vehicle without buying a special battery.

The largest flood flow ever measured

The largest flood flow ever measured

Flood flows on the Buller River this month were the largest of any river in Aotearoa New Zealand in almost 100 years, NIWA measurements show.Meanwhile, a NIWA monitoring station on the Buller River at Te Kuha, about 10km upstream, was continuously recording water levels throughout the flood.

Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light

Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light

Energy from the LEDs heats up the Mylar’s specially-coated underbelly, energizing air particles under the plastic and propelling the plates away with a tiny, but mighty, gust.

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

To combat the lack of genetic diversity in the corpse flower and six other species with shallow gene pools, the Chicago Botanic Garden spearheaded the Tools and Resources for Endangered and Exceptional Plant Species (TREES) program in 2019.

Wildflower Watching as a Source of Solace and Diversion

Wildflower Watching as a Source of Solace and Diversion

Photo © Lisa Ballard2 of 5Indian paintbrush on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.Photo © Lisa Ballard3 of 5Sticky geranium on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.Photo © Lisa Ballard4 of 5Little larkspur on Wyoming’s Beartooth High Lakes Trail.

Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?

Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?

Last week, a Belgian-Dutch research team self-published a report advising runners and cyclists that they should take extra care while passing others on the road, warning them that respiratory droplets that could potentially contain the novel coronavirus might spread further than the 6 feet buffer recommended by public health officials.

The English Rose, in All Its Frankensteined Glory

The English Rose, in All Its Frankensteined Glory

So in 2017, Stephenson began shooting his new photo book The English Rose . At first, he thought he'd plant one of each of David Austin's roses in his garden, then photograph them the next summer when they bloomed.

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

One of the principal pleasures offered by both videogames and social media is the experience of flow . Our media culture today offers a variety of passive experiences that share a key characteristic with Csikszentmihalyi’s flow: the pleasure of losing oneself.

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

Photo © Eframgoldberg / Wikimedia Commons Male orchid bees have specialized legs that can collect plant scent compounds and then store them in leg sacs.

One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid

One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid

Dai’s work calls for a custom-­designed test balloon that, pending an independent committee’s green light, is set to release up to a kilogram of calcium carbonate 12 miles above the US, in what will be the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere.

One Square Meter of Prairie

One Square Meter of Prairie

Photo © Chris Helzer / TNC I was thrilled to photograph two different monarch butterflies inside the plot, the more so because of their current population declines.

California Fire Survivors Brace for Debris-Filled Mudslides

California Fire Survivors Brace for Debris-Filled Mudslides

“Once it starts raining hard on a burn area, the things can get generated really fast, like five minutes,” says Kean.The debris flow can carry boulders and trees along with mud, making it more dangerous than a regular flood or a dry landslide.