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Scientists uncover new ocean threat from plastics

Scientists uncover new ocean threat from plastics

Scientists have identified a new source of chemical pollution released by the huge amounts of plastic rubbish found floating in the oceans of the world. A study has found that as plastics break down in the sea they release potentially toxic substances not found in nature and which could affect the growth and development of […]

Photography that is out of this world

Photography that is out of this world

Taken on Mosfellsheioi, between Reykjavik and Thingvellir, in Iceland, an observer watches a dramatic display of the Aurora Borealis light up the sky. Auroras are at their most spectacular at times of high activity on the surface of the sun. A stream of electrically charged particles are ejected from the sun during solar storms, creating […]

Meteorite mineral made in the lab

Meteorite mineral made in the lab

By slamming materials together, scientists have made a mineral that is found naturally only in meteorites and the deep layers of Earth’s mantle. Their successful “shock” experiment reveals new clues about the formation of our early Solar System. The team report the production of the mineral wadsleyite in the journal PNAS. Its creation in the […]

The Lowest Cost Solar Electrons in the History of the World?

The Lowest Cost Solar Electrons in the History of the World?

Bill Gross is nothing if not an enthusiast, which makes him a great salesman for whatever it is he happens to be selling. A lifelong entrepreneur, a longtime evangelist for solar energy and the CEO of eSolar, a Google-funded startup that designs and develops concentrating solar power (CSP) projects at utility scale, Gross is one […]

Solar Forest Keeps Cars Cool And Juiced

Solar Forest Keeps Cars Cool And Juiced

Although electric vehicle use is on the rise, we’re certainly not out of the woods yet in terms of providing them with a steady supply of clean energy – that’s why designer Neville Mars has conceived of an incredible EV charging station that takes the form of an evergreen glade of solar trees. His photovoltaic […]

Army Starts Solar Plant; Next Step: Care About Climate Change

Army Starts Solar Plant; Next Step: Care About Climate Change

The U.S. Army is about to start building a 500 megawatt solar thermal plant in the California desert. When it’s done, the facility will be one of the largest renewable energy plants in the world. Which is kind of ironic, since the Army doesn’t pay all that much attention to climate change. Turns out, sustainable […]

Ten incredible images that show  how global warming is affecting a glacier in Iceland

Ten incredible images that show how global warming is affecting a glacier in Iceland

These pictures show how global warming is affecting a glacier in Iceland The Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland has raced in from the mountains, smothering a shimmering lagoon that sits at the edge of the Atlantic on the country’s south coast Pictured above is the glacier and lagoon in 2002… For 30 years professional photographer Ragnar […]