December 16, 2017

Race on to Preserve Cultural Monuments with 3D Images

Researchers are making 3D scans, architectural plans and detailed photographic records of cultural heritage sites around the world, knowing they could be destroyed at any time. Read More »

Five Things You Need to Know About the Paris Climate Deal

COP21 ended with an agreement that is at once both historic, important – and inadequate. Read More »

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Takes a Step Forward

The Hyperloop has created extreme controversy with skeptics citing everything from the cost of land in California to the substantial g-forces that would impact passengers being accelerated from 0 to 700+ miles per hour in a short span of time. Read More »

Forget Vegas, Nevada is Now About Reno and Lithium

As the state's southwest corner fills up with new lithium players, Tesla gears up for its battery gigafactory and the world's largest data center sets up shop, Nevada is poised for one of the greatest economic revival stories of the century. Read More »

Solar Lamps Make Big Money for Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the first country to get UN climate funds to install home solar energy systems in villages off the electricity grid. Read More »

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

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

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

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

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

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 »