Until this week, all of the wind power generated in the United States was landlocked.
But in a first for America, the ocean breeze is now generating clean, renewable power offshore — electricity that will supply a small island community off the coast of Rhode Island.
A new report shows that in the third quarter of this year alone, enough solar panels to generate 4,143 MW of electricity were installed in the United States.
This boom in installations contributes to the prediction that coal is a fading industry, and will never return to its former grandeur.
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Geologists say they are close to creating the hottest borehole in the world. They are drilling into the heart of a volcano in the south-west of Iceland.
The researchers want to bring steam from the deep well back up to the surface to provide an important source of energy.
Earth’s innards are cooling off surprisingly fast.
The thickness of new volcanic crust forming on the seafloor has gotten thinner over the last 170 million years. That suggests that the underlying mantle is cooling about twice as fast as previously thought, researchers reported December 13 at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting.
Once 2016 comes to a close, the Arctic will have experienced its hottest year on record, and researchers have found that it’s now warming twice as fast as any other place on Earth.
Antarctica might be one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, but it is a mecca for astronomers. Its cold, dry air enables observations that can’t be done elsewhere on Earth. The South Pole has hosted telescopes for decades. Now, researchers are eyeing a new location – Dome A, which offers a unique opportunity to study the universe at little-explored terahertz radio frequencies.
A controversial approach to gravity that challenges Albert Einstein and suggests dark matter doesn’t exist has passed its first test.
The vast majority of physicists agree that gravity acts according to rules laid down in Isaac Newton’s law of gravitation and Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
In a paper published in the physics journal, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Dr. Diego Rubiera-Garcia from the University of Lisbon in Portugal, and his team, posited that a physical object, such as a person or spacecraft, could survive the gravitational forces of wormhole travel. To make the theory and math work, they do have to play fast and loose with Einstein, but that’s not a big deal apparently.
Of all the potential doomsday scenarios put forward by scientists, one of the most mysterious is the dark matter disk theory. As scientists began collecting data about the movements of other galaxies, it became clear that there was some unknown, invisible type of matter causing gravitational fluctuations throughout the observable universe.
Dimitra Atri, an astrobiologist with the Blue Marble Institute of Space Science, has published a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society outlining his work running simulations of planet Proxima b, an exoplanet circling the star Proxima Centauri, which could possibly support life.
It’s several hundred years in the future. You live in a cold climate, but thick clothing keeps you warm. You eat food from the community greenhouse. Sometimes you even go boating, spending tranquil days under the orange sky. Life is similar in some ways to how it is now. In other ways, it’s very different.
For one thing, you can fly. Also — your body is now permanently incapable of adapting to Earth’s atmosphere, and you can never return.
This is life on Titan, the largest of Saturn’s more than 50 moons.
Parts of Mars were capable of supporting life as we know it for lengthy stretches in the ancient past—perhaps hundreds of millions of years at a time, new observations by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity suggest.
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New analysis from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover shows that the red planet is likely flush with organics.
“I am convinced that organics are all over Mars,” said Jennifer Eigenbrode, a biogeochemist and geologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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An ocean within Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may be intermittently venting plumes of water vapor into outer space, according to a new study in the Astrophysical Journal. The finding suggests the ocean, thought to lie underneath perhaps 100 kilometers of ice, may be more amenable to life—and more accessible to curious astrobiologists—than previously thought.
Self healing chips—healing after radiation damage—could have an impact on interstellar spacecraft, according to reports. The news involves scientists at NASA and the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); they have been developing new technologies in the interstellar realm.
Social scientists bear glad tidings for the holiday season. After extensively observing how people respond to gifts, they have advice for shoppers: You don’t have to try so hard.
The older we get, the fewer risks we take. But what lies behind people’s more cautious behaviour in their older years has been one of the unsolved puzzles of human behaviour.