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Tesla’s Solar Roof To Cost Less Than A Regular Roof

Elon Musk made quite the announcement today. During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they could deliver the product at […]

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On Eve Of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department Announces New Policy To Protect Scientists

Speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new “scientific integrity” policy for an agency recently wracked by concernsabout how an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump will treat employees who worked on climate change and other sensitive energy-related issues… “It’s part of establishing the environment that allows scientists to […]

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NASA May Turn To Ice To House Astronauts On Mars

NASA has released a daring new concept for a building that could someday house astronauts on Mars, as the space agency continues push toward its goal of sending humans to the red planet by the 2030s… Dubbed the “Mars Ice Home,” the structure would rely on a protective coating of ice drawn from the surface of […]

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The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation.

“Everything we did, you could program a robot to do it.”
Over time, automation has generally had a happy ending: As it has displaced jobs, it has created new ones. But some experts are beginning to worry that this time could be different. Even as the economy has improved, jobs and wages for a large segment […]

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The City Of Las Vegas Is Now Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

All Las Vegas city facilities ― from government buildings to streetlights ― are now running entirely on renewable energy, city officials have announced… “We can brag that the city, this city of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green […]

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Tesla’s New SolarCity In Florida

Despite its “Sunshine State” nickname, Florida ranks among the lowest states for solar power deployment thanks to anti-solar regulations backed by local electric utilities. But on election day, the citizens of Florida showed interest in solar energy by rejecting the anti-solar Amendment 1, which according to solar installers, including SolarCity, would have made it easier […]

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Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth’s Surface Act Like Liquid

When the asteroid believed to have killed off the dinosaurs smashed into Earth some 66 million years ago, its sheer force made the planet’s surface momentarily act like a liquid… The asteroid ripped open a 60-mile-wide hole. From miles deep in that abyss, rock hurtled upward to a height twice that of Mount Everest and […]

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Wind Powered Car

We don’t live near a Supercharger; we don’t even live near a Destination Charger. The nearest Tesla Service Center is 372 miles away in Highland Park, IL… We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake […]

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Renewable Energy Is About to Get Supersized

A new report from Navigant Research finds that investment in supergrids—large-scale power networks that could carry energy from wind and solar farms and across international borders—will hit $10.2 billion by 2025. That’s up from an estimated $8.3 billion this year… Supergrids are “about capacity and distance,” said Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst for Navigant Research […]

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Genetically Engineered Trees Condemned in Region known as “Ground Zero” for Their Development

 

For Immediate Release – 21 October 2016
Genetically Engineered Trees Condemned in Region Known as “Ground Zero” for Their Development

 

North Myrtle Beach, SC– In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall only days before, strategies to stop the development of genetically engineered trees (GE trees) were the topic at a meeting that brought Indigenous Peoples, scientists, ecologists, and […]

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Elon Musk Unveils A Not So New Solar Roof

Elon Musk is expected to unveil a new solar roofing product for his energy company, SolarCity, this week. Based on what Musk has already said about the product, his solar roofing would put the photovoltaic cells used to generate electricity from the sun in the shingles themselves, instead of in a system of solar panels […]

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Finally, Some Good News About The Future Of Bees

The solution for declining bee populations may be in the wild.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bee-hunting-prevent-colony-collapse_us_57518223e4b0ed593f1413c9

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Monsanto profits from chemical agriculture

Janine Jackson interview Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch on Monsanto:
Monsanto at this point has become synonymous, not just with GMOs, but I think also with a type of agriculture, and it’s a type of agriculture that’s really counter to the way a lot of people want to farm around the world, and are […]

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Plant gene: another view

Pamela Ronald , Professor of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, writes in The Conversation:
New molecular tools are blurring the distinction between genetic improvements made with conventional breeding and those made with modern genetic methods. One example is marker assisted breeding, in which geneticists identify genes or chromosomal regions associated with traits desired by farmers […]

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Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions

Exposure to radio-frequency radiation linked to tumor formation in rats.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/major-cell-phone-radiation-study-reignites-cancer-questions/

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Can A Tiny Wasp Help Save The Citrus Industry?

Researchers in Arizona are fighting fire with fire. They’re collecting new data on a wasp that may help slow the spread of citrus greening, a plant disease that has devastated millions of acres of citrus crops, particularly in Florida.
 
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/05/18/478408570/can-a-tiny-wasp-save-the-citrus-industry

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Scientists hesitate to speak out on climate change

Sarah Myhre writes for Skeptical Science:
It’s easy to find a news hook to begin an opinion piece on climate change. Coral bleaching, record-setting heat waves, and expensive, deadly wildfires are a weekly occurrence in the news cycle. But, as climate warming advances, extreme events won’t be newsworthy – they’ll be expected.
We scientists are the gatekeepers […]

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We Just Completed A Full Year Of Record-Hot Months

For the 12th month in a row, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced record-high global temperatures — marking a yearlong heat streak that scientists say is grim sign of climate change in action.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/one-year-record-heat_us_572fbc91e4b0bc9cb047312c

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Rising Sea Levels Made This Republican Mayor A Climate Change Believer

A man moves to a city in Florida and decides he wants to be mayor. He wins the election. He’s happy. Then he’s told his city is slowly going underwater. Not financially. Literally.
http://www.npr.org/2016/05/17/477014145/rising-seas-made-this-republican-mayor-a-climate-change-believer?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

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Wild-Looking Glow-In-The-Dark Sidewalks Could Spell The End Of Streetlights

A scientist in Mexico has “developed solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark cement that could be used to illuminate roads, bike lanes and walking paths”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/glow-in-the-dark-cement_us_573b2761e4b060aa781b42f6

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