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The leapfrogging continent

June 8th, 2015 at 2:40 pm » Comments Off

In the dusty khaki scrubland of South Africa’s inhospitable Northern Cape province, brightly polished mirrors flash light across the landscape as they rotate slowly to follow the sun, producing electricity for 80,000 homes.  

Where are all the Hurricanes?

February 27th, 2015 at 7:22 pm » Comments Off

The hurricane season passed off relatively quietly last year.  Category 2 hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda in October 2014, briefly making the world’s headlines, but it did relatively little damage, apart from uprooting trees and knocking out power temporarily to most of the island’s inhabitants.

New air-filter design may help Beijing and L.A. breathe easier

February 27th, 2015 at 4:30 pm » Comments Off

Smog in Beijing Yi Cui of Stanford and his students have used a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter that could be used to improve facemasks, window screens, and could even reduce the exhaust from power plants.

Top 12 threats to human civilization

February 27th, 2015 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the Global Challenges Foundation released earlier this month a thorough and unsettling look at what threatens human civilization.  

Stanford Engineers Invent High Tech Mirrors that Beam Light into Space

January 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Illustration of reflective panel on building A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Fan Lab Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends […]

Living off the Grid is now Illegal in the State of Florida

January 1st, 2014 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.

Nissan’s New Electric Car has Range

January 1st, 2014 at 9:19 am » Comments Off

For many more people than realize it, electric cars are already adequate for their needs and better than a gasmobile for their bank account and quality of life. However, it often isn’t good enough for disruptive technology to be better than the incumbents. It has to be much better. The target for electric cars, in […]

Meteorite fragments help explain why living things only use molecules with specific orientations

July 25th, 2012 at 2:25 pm » Comments (0)

This is an artist’s concept of excess left-hand aspartic acid created in asteroids and delivered to Earth via meteorite impacts. The line at the bottom is a chromatogram showing that left-hand aspartic acid (tall peak in the center, with diagram of left-hand aspartic acid molecule on top) was four times more abundant in the meteorite […]

Scientists see solution to critical barrier to fusion

April 24th, 2012 at 12:00 am » Comments (0)

From left: physicists Luis Delgado-Aparicio and David Gates. Physicists have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. If confirmed by experiment, the finding could help scientists eliminate a major impediment to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for producing electric […]

To envision sustainable business, We must reimagine our economy

April 17th, 2012 at 9:42 pm » Comments (0)

From senior executives identifying the profit motive as an obstacle to sustainability to corporations questioning the very nature of capitalism as we know it, the plus side of the recent financial crisis and ongoing slow recovery has been that tough questions are finally being asked about how our economy functions and whose interests it serves. […]

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