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Envisioning and designing a floating future

October 13th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  A prototype deployed in San Francisco Bay may signal what’s to come: floating buildings, or whole communities, built to withstand sea-level rise. ON AN August day that is brutally hot by San Francisco’s foggy standards, Margaret Ikeda and Evan Jones, architecture faculty at the California College of the Arts (CCA), are on one of […]



Acclaimed Israeli astrophysicist suggests the sun drives Earth’s climate, not CO2

August 23rd, 2019 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Nir Shaviv is an Israeli astrophysicist and chairman of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University’s physics department. He says that his research, and that of colleagues, suggests that rising CO2 levels play only a minor role in earth’s climate compared to the influence of the sun and cosmic radiation. “Global warming clearly is a problem, though not in […]



This cool artificial reef was just deployed in Sydney Harbor

June 29th, 2019 at 6:08 am » Comments Off

Earth’s oceans have seen better days. They’re inundated with plastic waste, both whole single-use plastics and tons of plastic microparticles that find their way back into our food and drinking water. Their water temperatures are rising due to climate change, causing coral bleaching and other harmful phenomena. Overfishing has depleted multiple marine species. Organizations and […]



Scientists have found an easy way to remove CO2 from air & reduce global warming

June 11th, 2019 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

A number of research teams around the world are currently working towards scrubbing all the excess carbon dioxide from the air. It’s one of the prime reasons we are seeing record breaking rise in temperature across India this summer. Not only could this do wonders to push back global warming, but we can also put […]



Earth’s mysterious ‘deep biosphere’ may harbor millions of undiscovered species

December 19th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Scientists say the underground ecosystems are a “subterranean Galapagos” just waiting to be studied. This unidentified nematode from the Kopanang gold mine in South Africa lives 1.4 kilometers below the surface.Gaetan Borgonie / Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium Life on Earth takes billions of shapes, but to see most of them you’ll have to dig deep […]



‘LarvalBot’ underwater drone will reseed coral reefs damaged by climate change

November 14th, 2018 at 1:20 am » Comments Off

  Since August 2018, the Great Barrier Reef in the ocean off Australia has had a special protector — an autonomous underwater drone called RangerBot that has monitored the status of the reef and protected the corals from the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. But now researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia have announced that […]



Stephen Hawking’s incredible predictions in 2017

December 28th, 2017 at 2:24 am » Comments Off

Stephen Hawking is known for his groundbreaking achievements in science, but many do not realize that the physicist is also recognized for making predictions about the future of humanity and Earth. This year the Oxford professor made some of the most unusual predictions to date, some of which may put a slight damper on your […]



Vinod Khosla predicts AI will replace human oncologists

June 22nd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

While much of the conversation around AI and jobs is focused on widespread job losses in sectors like trucking, venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla thinks that there’s a high-paying job on the chopping block: oncology.



Japan’s massive new borehole project to reach Earth’s mantle

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

Not since the drilling of the Russia’s Kola Borehole have scientists ventured this deep. Japanese scientists have announced a plan to drill through the Earth’s crust and reach the mantle. The major initiative would be a first for humankind. Despite multiple previous attempts and multiple boreholes of significant depth, we’ve never managed to drill far […]



No more pointless idling with Pittsburgh’s new artificially intelligent stoplights

October 29th, 2016 at 6:19 am » Comments Off

Traffic lights are finally getting smarter in Pittsburgh. Thanks to a new pilot program from the tech startup Rapid Flow Technologies, Steel City now boasts 50 intersections whose stoplights are running artificial intelligence software known as Surtrac that reduces wait times on empty or lightly-traveled roads.



Introducing the World’s First Large-Scale Tidal Power Farm

October 4th, 2016 at 6:29 am » Comments Off

 Scotland unveiled the first turbine for the MeyGen tidal stream project, the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm. The project will initially install four turbines, but will eventually have 269 turbines, enough to power 175,000 homes.



Chinese Electric Car Sales Up 162% So Far This Year

August 11th, 2016 at 7:48 am » Comments Off

The spectacular growth of the New Energy Vehicle (NEV) market in China continues; state media reports that sales were up a massive 162% to 170,000 units in the first half of the year. NEVs include pure-electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The 170,000 NEVs were divided by 134,000 EVs and 36,000 PHEVs.



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