Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Take a Tour of California's Insane Solar Thermal Energy Plant

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Take a Tour of California's Insane Solar Thermal Energy Plant

Sometime in the next few months, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will flip the switch on the largest solar plant of its kind in the world: A 377-megawatt, 3,500-acre solar thermal energy system. It's located in California's Mojave Desert near the Nevada border and it's ridiculously big. I would suggest going to check it out in person during your next Vegas binge weekend, but from the 15 freeway it's little more than a silvery blur—a rippling, mirage-like, silvery blur that feels like it might sear your retinas if you look at it too long. So it's a good thing they've just posted this incredible virtual tour.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Here's What Everything Ever Is Made Of

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Here's What Everything Ever Is Made Of

We've all heard that we're made of the same stuff as stars so it probably doesn't seem as mind blowing as it used to. But it really is amazing. Science! This infographic from Visually shades the periodic table to show which elements are presents in the ocean, a person, the atmosphere and more. It also acts as a good reminder that not all elements are naturally occurring in the universe. And for the breakdown of humans, the percentage of each element is averaged between men and women. This is pretty much the universe summed up in one place. Though Frost did it in three words. [Mining]

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Friday, August 16, 2013

A California Walnut Farm That Costs Peanuts to Run

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A California Walnut Farm That Costs Peanuts to Run

If the midwest is America's breadbox, California is its orchard. The Golden State produces nearly half of America's fruits, vegetables and nuts—more than 400 varieties—an output valued at more than $43.5 billion each year. But the energy needed to grow, harvest, process, and ship this bounty is no small sum. That's why one ingenious farmer is powering his operation using already produced shell waste to zero out his electric bill.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

This Spray-On Chemical Could Make Window Blinds Obsolete

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This Spray-On Chemical Could Make Window Blinds Obsolete

NeverWet is so 2013. The next big spray-on coating, developed by a federally-funded team working on smart windows, will use electrical currents to actually stop heat—and light—from passing through your windows. Besides being a remarkable feat of engineering, the invention could save us billions of dollars a year in energy costs.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

One Year Of Seasons On Earth In One Second

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/one-year-of-seasons-on-earth-in-one-second-2013-8

John Nelson of IDV Solutions has created an animation showing one year of seasons on Earth.

The images come from NASA's Visible Earth database. Nelson writes on his blog that he stitched together 12 clear satellite images of Earth for each month of the year to illustrate the annual transformation of snow, ice, and plant life on our planet.

He called this project "A Breathing Earth" because it looks like the entire planet has a heartbeat, he wrote.

Prepare to be mesmerized.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Scientists Have Created a Malaria Vaccine That's 100% Effective

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Scientists Have Created a Malaria Vaccine That's 100% Effective

For the first time in history, scientists have completed successful human trials of a malaria vaccine that provides 100% protection against the often fatal disease.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

The Greenest Skyscraper in NYC Is Actually a Total Energy Hog

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The Greenest Skyscraper in NYC Is Actually a Total Energy Hog

The Bank of America tower boasts all sorts of green details: An automatized system to dim lights in daylight. A grey water collection system. A foundation partially made from waste materials. Must be a pretty energy-efficient building, eh? Nope!

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