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Higgs factory a ‘must for big physics’

A top physicist says the construction of a "factory" to produce Higgs boson particles is a priority for the science community. In an exclusive interview, Nigel Lockyer, head of America's premier particle physics lab, said studying the Higgs could hasten major discoveries. He said momentum in the physics community was gathering for a machine to [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Higgs factory a ‘must for big physics’

Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

Some people doubt how much wind and solar can supply to a country’s electricity grid. We all know solar panels work well during the day, when the sun shines – they don’t work so well at night. And wind turbines only work when the wind is blowing. Fortunately, these two sources of energy fluctuate in [...]

By | March 27th, 2018|Business, Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

This new strain of salt water rice could feed 200 million people

An 87-year-old scientist named Yuan Longping has successfully developed rice that can be grown using saltwater. While his rice could prevent food scarcity as global climate change floods the world, the new strain has a long way to go before it can be widely adopted. China already produces more rice than any other country on [...]

By | March 11th, 2018|Business, Environment|Comments Off on This new strain of salt water rice could feed 200 million people

Ocean mappers line up for XPRIZE final

The $7m XPRIZE competition to find the innovative technologies that can map the world's oceans in rapid time has named its nine finalists. The teams draw on talents from many nations, with strong interest in the US and Europe, including from the UK. A technology assessment carried out by the Los Angeles-based XPRIZE Foundation late [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Environment|Comments Off on Ocean mappers line up for XPRIZE final

Cars buck falling CO2 emissions trend

Britain's carbon emissions have sunk to the level last seen in 1890 – the year before penalties were first awarded in football. In 2017, CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6%. This was mainly driven by a 19% decline in coal use. It follows a 5.8% fall in 2016, which saw a record 52% [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Business, Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Cars buck falling CO2 emissions trend

European Union Likely to Ban Common Insecticides to Save the Bees

Bees all over Europe may soon be just a little safer, after new evidence reinforces the case against harmful neonicotinoids, the world’s most used pesticides. A new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) explored in unprecedented detail the risk posed to honeybees and wild bees alike by the exposure to the compound. Neonicotinoids affect pollinators’ central nervous [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Business, Environment|Comments Off on European Union Likely to Ban Common Insecticides to Save the Bees

Lab Grown Meat will be served in restaurants by the end of 2018 and it will be healthier

Lab-grown meat products will be offered in a number of restaurants in the United States and Asia, starting with chicken nuggets, sausage and foie gras. There will be factory produced meat on store shelves by 2021. Initially a lab-grown burger will sell for about $11. CDC reports that each year, 48 million people get sick [...]

By | March 3rd, 2018|Business, Environment, Health|Comments Off on Lab Grown Meat will be served in restaurants by the end of 2018 and it will be healthier

Trump Can’t Save Coal: More Capacity Closed Already in 2018 Than in Obama’s Entire First Term

Last week, the Sierra Club announced the latest U.S. coal plant to close: FirstEnergy’s Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. It’s No. 268 in a long line of U.S. coal plants that have shut down since 2010, and among several to suspend operations this month. The environmental organisation lauded the closure as a victory in [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Business, Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Trump Can’t Save Coal: More Capacity Closed Already in 2018 Than in Obama’s Entire First Term

New desalination technology turns the world’s oceans into unlimited lithium mine (+drinking water)

The earth’s ocean water is full of lithium salts and getting at it will simply be a byproduct of desalinating drinking water from seawater. This process is growing by leaps and bounds, especially as climate change is putting cities like Capetown in water crisis. Sure there are downsides to desalination like scooping up marine life [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Energy, Environment|Comments Off on New desalination technology turns the world’s oceans into unlimited lithium mine (+drinking water)

China’s anti-pollution war uses 60,000+ soldiers, artillery, and planes for tree planting and rain making

China has a war against its big air pollution problem. Air pollution in China causes about 1 million deaths each year. These are deaths and health impacts comparable to what China faced in WW2. China is using a massive amount of brute force and a lot of actual military equipment and power to fight back. [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Environment|Comments Off on China’s anti-pollution war uses 60,000+ soldiers, artillery, and planes for tree planting and rain making