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New metal-semiconductor interface for brain-inspired computing

(University of Groningen) One of the big challenges in computer architecture is integrating storage, memory and processing in one unit. This would make computers faster and more energy efficient. University of Groningen physicists have...Show More Summary

Heat loss from the Earth triggers ice sheet slide towards the sea

(Aarhus University) In North-East Greenland, researchers have measured the loss of heat that comes up from the interior of the Earth. This enormous area is a geothermal 'hot spot' that melts the ice sheet from below and triggers the sliding of glaciers towards the sea.

3 Surprising Changes in the Global Wind Supply Chain

How did the average cost of wind get down to $21 per megawatt-hour? That's the question that MAKE Consulting asks -- and answers -- in a deep dive on global wind supply chains. A large part of the answer: wind turbine capex continues...Show More Summary

The claim of reduced uncertainty for equilibrium climate sensitivity is premature

A recent story in the Guardian claims that new calculations reduce the uncertainty associated with a global warming: A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, … It was based on a study recently published in Nature, however, I […]

New fuel cell technology runs on solid carbon

(DOE/Idaho National Laboratory) Advancements in a fuel cell technology powered by solid carbon could make electricity generation from coal and biomass cleaner and more efficient, according to a paper published this week. InnovationsShow More Summary

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Faces Mounting Legal Challenges in Louisiana

Though Energy Transfer Partners has all the permits and permissions it needs to start work on the Bayou Bridge pipeline, the project still faces multiple legal challenges.  The162-mile pipeline, being built by the same company behind the Dakota Access pipeline, will span southern Louisiana from Lake Charles, near the Texas border, to St. Show More Summary

Environmental Activist Sued for Libel Over Facebook Comment About Oil and Gas Company

On November 17, 2016, a Colorado environmental activist named Pete Kolbenschlag used Facebook to leave a comment on a local newspaper article, the kind of thing more than a billion people do every day. However, most people don’t get sued for libel over their Facebook comments. (Although some do.) Tags: Colorado Anti-fracking activism Pete Kolbenschlag SG Interests lawsuits

2017 temperature summary

This is a thread to discuss the surface temperature records that were all released yesterday (Jan 18). There is far too much data-vizualization on this to link to, but feel free to do so in the comments. Bottom line? It’s still getting warmer.

WePower Expansion Hints at Adoption of Blockchain for Energy Trading

Blockchain applications are creeping into energy trading. WePower, one of a growing number of energy blockchain hopefuls, has found early success in the European market with an agreement to tokenize data from the Estonian independent...Show More Summary

Polish Police set to Ban Spontaneous Protests and Secretly Gather Personal Data at UN Climate Talks

Participants of the next UN climate talks in Poland could be banned from taking part in spontaneous demonstrations and have their personal data collected, stored and used by Polish police without their consent if a draft piece of legislation...Show More Summary

Conserving our biodiversity: Priorities for well-connected protected areas

(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, has measured progress and shortfalls in the connectivity of protected areas in countries across the world, identifying the main priorities to sustain or improve connectivity in each country.

Teaming up to prepare for emergencies: JRC data helps international community

(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, joins forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to assess similarities in emergency preparedness and response across sectors, identify lessons learned and set out good practices for the nuclear sector.

The Pentagon built with mineralized microbes predating dinosaurs

(Australian National University) A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs.

Electric Airplanes Could Remake Aviation

The next sector ripe for electrification: aviation. Electric airplanes could completely make over the regional airline sector -- fundamentally changing the way we move around, and creating new economic opportunities. On this week's Energy...Show More Summary

Climate change affects fish reproductive phenology in plateau area: Study

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) The Research Group of Biological Invasion and Adaptive Evolution (BIAE; PI: CHEN Yifeng) at Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently answered how reproductive phenology of Gymnocypris selincuoensis, an endemic fish in Lake Selicuo in Tibetan Plateau, associated with climate changes.

ZincNyx Plans Flow Battery Mass Production Within a Year

MGX Minerals, the company looking to get lithium from oil, is also planning to mass produce a zinc-based flow battery “within the year.” CEO Jared Lazerson told GTM the flow battery was “going to final design” after ZincNyx Energy Solutions,...Show More Summary

In Key Solar Markets, Fires and Hurricanes Caused a 5% Departure in Solar Irradiance in Q3 2017

Across the contiguous United States, extreme weather conditions dominated the third quarter of 2017 and brought departures from long-term average global horizontal irradiance, a proxy for PV plant production. GTM has partnered with Vaisala,...Show More Summary

Novel hypothesis on why animals diversified on Earth

(Lund University) Can tumors teach us about animal evolution on Earth? Researchers believe so and now present a novel hypothesis of why animal diversity increased dramatically on Earth about half a billion years ago. A biological innovation may have been key.

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