Texas might become a testing ground for new EMP proof electricity grids

Texas might become a testing ground for new EMP proof electricity grids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more countries around the world, such as Russia and North Korea rattling their nuclear arsenals, the US is revitalising its efforts to protect the US energy and communications networks from attack, specifically from the effect of electromagnetic pulses.   An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack...

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Las Vegas becomes the largest US city to run solely on renewable energy

Las Vegas becomes the largest US city to run solely on renewable energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is gradually moving from the shadows and into the limelight with major projects underway, or already completed, around the world, now Las Vegas is the latest in a string of cities to meet all of its energy needs from renewables   On Monday,...

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New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays nuclear reactors are limited by their operating temperatures, this new nanoceramic material could dramatically increase the temperatures they can operate at and increase both their power production and efficiency   An international team of researchers have created a nanoceramic material that not only can...

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New research shows plants learn like dogs

New research shows plants learn like dogs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Understanding how biological organisms function and respond to stimuli will help biologists find new ways to help them grow and improve yields.   Pavlov’s conditioning experiments with dogs are among some of the most well known, and highly regarded, studies in scientific history, and now...

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Tests confirm Germany’s “Star in a Jar” nuclear fusion reactor works

Tests confirm Germany’s “Star in a Jar” nuclear fusion reactor works

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nuclear fusion holds the promise of being able to help humanity harness limitless, clean energy but until now scientists have had problems containing and stabilising the plasma flows needed to fuel the final energy producing reactions.   Last year in Germany a new type of...

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The ultimate bioweapon, scientists have developed an Extinction Gene

The ultimate bioweapon, scientists have developed an Extinction Gene

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists now have the knowledge and the tools they need to create, and deliver, Doomsday genes which can selectively target and exterminate entire species.   Here’s a question that occurs only to madmen and geneticists… How do you get a gene that kills a species...

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DARPA wants to use genetically modified bugs to rejuvenate dead and dying crops

DARPA wants to use genetically modified bugs to rejuvenate dead and dying crops

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global food production is already being stretched by Earths growing population with the price of staple foods increasing by over 20% in just the past few years alone, as a consequence companies, governments and institutions are looking for new ways to increase yields in a...

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The worlds largest solar power plant goes online in Morocco

The worlds largest solar power plant goes online in Morocco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Energy produced from renewable sources is finally getting its day in the sun, as more, larger renewable energy installations come online the economics of renewables keep getting better and better and the only way is up.   Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert...

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Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamond batteries that last forever

Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamond batteries that last forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nuclear waste is normally buried beneath ground and left forever, this new breakthrough gives nuclear processing companies a new option and a new revenue stream.   Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a method to turn radioactive graphite blocks, a waste product of...

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Canada will phase out all coal power production by 2030

Canada will phase out all coal power production by 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Paris Climate Accord, and more accessible, feasible and affordable renewable energy technologies appear to finally spurring government to embrace new methods of power generation   Canada, who recently began trials of North America’s first Tidal power generator in Nova Scotia, will close all of...

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North Americas first Tidal energy turbine goes online in Nova Scotia

North Americas first Tidal energy turbine goes online in Nova Scotia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tidal energy is still more complex and more costly to deploy, support and buy than other forms of renewable energy, with this installation the companies involved hope they can bring those costs down   The first tidal generator in North America has gone online this...

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SolarCity and Tesla are powering an entire island with solar

SolarCity and Tesla are powering an entire island with solar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 1 billion people live without electricity, and the cost of reaching them using traditional energy infrastructures is prohibitive, renewables offer an affordable, and increasingly realistic alternative.   With over 1 billion people on our planet still living without electricity, and billions more living with...

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Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have used gene editing to turn off specific plant genes to boost plant growth by 15%, if transplanted into rice, maize and wheat this could help reduce famine and hunger in the world without the need to use extra fertilisers or chemicals.   Scientists...

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It’s electric, US to cover 25,000 miles of roads with charging stations

It’s electric, US to cover 25,000 miles of roads with charging stations

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Vehicles are the world’s second largest producers of toxic gases and carbon dioxide, the new EV corridors will help people make the switch to electric vehicles sooner.   Civilisation finally looks like it’s getting serious about moving away from powering homes and cars with energy millions...

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Alaskan airlines use wood chips to fly to Washington

Alaskan airlines use wood chips to fly to Washington

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Airlines spend $3.1Bn in Europe alone paying carbon taxes. Biofuels, while often contentious, can help airlines reduce their carbon footprint and help them reduce costs   On Monday morning, Washington state based Alaska Airlines started the week off right. It sent a Boeing 737 jet...

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Leaked NASA documents show impossible EmDrive might work

Leaked NASA documents show impossible EmDrive might work

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have demonstrated that an impossible space drive that doesn’t need fuel and that defies physics might actually work, if true then it opens up new possibilities for space exploration   An experimental propulsion system that seems to violate the laws of physics may actually...

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The machine making the machines, Tesla’s giant Gigafactory to go live in 2017

The machine making the machines, Tesla’s giant Gigafactory to go live in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By building a vertically integrated company that has control of it’s supply chain and product R&D Musk can realise efficiencies of scale, disrupt industries and use it to catalyse the growth of his companies, namely OpenAI, SolarCity, SpaceX and Tesla.   Twenty miles east of Sparks,...

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SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new SolarCity Gigafactory will boost supply of solar products, helping to reduce their cost, which in turn should accelerate the adoption of solar power technologies.   While discussing potential improvements in manufacturing efficiency with Tesla investor Ron Baron at his conference in New York...

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Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Superconductors that could operate at room temperature would transform the healthcare, energy, technology and transportation industries.   For the first time, researchers have achieved superconductivity – the phenomenon of electrical conductivity with zero resistance – in a material that’s not a superconductor. The new technique...

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Silicon Valley and TNC use AI to monitor every catch in the Pacific

Silicon Valley and TNC use AI to monitor every catch in the Pacific

Wanted: A machine that can tell the difference between Tuna and Turtles Conservationists are increasingly turning to technology to help them protect Earth’s valuable bounty of plants, animals and resources – whether it’s robot deer to catch poachers in the northern states, or Tuna getting its own blockchain. Now the attention...

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