June 29, 2017

Electric Aircraft – Aviation’s Future or Just Wishful Thinking?

E-Fan  can revolutionize the air travel. (Photo by Marc Schieferdecker, Creative Commons License)

With emissions targets to hit and oil running out, it's time to take electric planes seriously. Read More »

Fishing Ban Reflects How Fragile Arctic Ecosystem Is

Canadian Ship Louis S. St-Laurent and Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons License)

A melting Arctic means new areas will be open to commercial fishing but scientists – and bordering countries – say they need time to study the ecological and economic risks. Read More »

NASA’s New Horizons ‘Phones Home’ Safe after Pluto Flyby

New Horizons Flight Controllers celebrate after they received confirmation from the spacecraft that it had successfully completed the flyby of Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in the Mission Operations Center (MOC) of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland.
(Photo Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday (July 14) to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto. Read More »

Why Buffett Bet A Billion on Solar

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By 2030, millions of people will have transport fuel that is ‘on the house.’ During the midday hours, many grids will experience negative pricing as solar PV floods the market to the extent that the power cannot be stored. As millions of electric vehicles hit the road, they will likely become the default destination for stored electricity. Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell cannot stop this. They had better think seriously about financing solar and wind arrays. Read More »

Tesla Could be Changing the Dynamics of Global Energy

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Effective battery storage for large amounts of energy would be a game changer in that it would enable a separation of generation and use of energy produced through clean fuels like solar and wind power. As supply costs fall, battery production costs across the industry would fall leading to increased quantity demanded by consumers and businesses. Read More »

The Game-Changing Water Revolution

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In the middle of North American shale boom, the lack of water is suffocating. Amid this doom and gloom, a water revolution emerges, led by energy industry figures who realized the endless potential of tapping into new water sources and processing them with advanced desalination technology that, for the first time ever, is economically feasible. Read More »

The Web App That Made Information Free

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Wikipedia, which will turn 15 next year, can attribute its success to the unique way in which it combines free information with user convenience. Read More »

Cops May Feel Biggest Impact from Driverless Car Revolution

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The dawn of self-driving vehicles will likely lead to the sunset of the modern police force as rule-abiding cars eliminate the need for traffic enforcement. Read More »

EU Divided Over Radio Spectrum Allotment

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Allotting spectrum is becoming more important as hyper-connectivity gathers pace. Europe is divided over apportionment of radio spectrum in the face of rising threats of its use by fundamentalists for recruitment. Read More »

How Cloud Computing Could Help Prevent Air Disasters

Air Asia airliners at the Kuala Lumpur Airport. (Photo by Fabio Achilli, Creative Commons License)

The technology exists to provide real-time and accurate weather warnings to aircraft – but it needs to be harnessed properly. Read More »