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We Might Run Out of Materials to Make Renewables

We'll need to be mining a dozen times as many metals to meet demand for wind turbines and solar panels by 2050.

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The LHC Is Going Offline to Get More Powerful

They want the world's largest accelerator bigger than ever before.

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Tiny Worm Could Hold Renewable Energy Secret
Scientists are trying to convert wood into energy as efficiently as …
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Nearly Half of All Coal Plants Are Losing Money
The analysis concludes the problem will only get worse, costing the …
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When the Battery Is Woven Into Your T-Shirt
Wearable, rechargeable electronics that’ll outpace the Energizer Bun…
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The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was
Aristotle called it the fifth element. Alchemists thought it was the key to the philosopher’s stone. Scientists believed it was the stu…
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Chernobyl Has a New Power Plant, But This Time It's Solar

A new 1 megawatt solar plant opens a few hundred feet from the site of a meltdown a few decades ago.

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America's Oldest Nuclear Plant Is Shutting Down

This closure is just one more indicator of the United States' suffering nuclear industry.

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Scientists May Have Found What Makes Batteries Degrade Over Time

It could pave the way for a better electric car or home solar power system.

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Offshore Mega-Terminals Are Coming Because Oil Supertankers Are Too Big for Our Ports

Massive tankers and excess oil mean a new infrastructure, but not everyone is excited about the ambitious plans.

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U.S. Wind Turbines Are Getting Less Powerful—and That's a Good Thing

How a lower maximum energy capacity helps turbines perform better.

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How Solar Panels in the Sahara Could Make It Rain More

New research has found that large solar and wind installations can affect the local atmosphere and environment.

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9 Ways to Treat Erectile Dysfunction That Aren't Viagra

There's a world of treatments beyond the little blue pill.

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Semi-Artificial Photosynthesis Pushes Efficiency Beyond the Bounds of Nature

The key has been lying dormant in algae for thousands of years.

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Study Shows How Badly Smog Can Cripple Solar Farms

New research finds that severe air pollution can eliminate all profits from solar panel installations.

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This Purple Plant Has a Secret That Could Replace Synthetic Engine Oil

The Chinese violet cress has been hiding a never-before-discovered fatty acid that could be a near-perfect lubricant.

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How Solar Is Conquering the Grid

A new report by the Energy Information Administration shows how much cheaper solar panels got in just a few years.

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German Nuclear Fusion Experiment Sets Records
The stellarator was largely replaced by the tokamak in the 1960s, but Germany's Wendelstein 7-X could be bringing the reactor back from…
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Renewables Will Make Up 50 Percent of the World's Energy by 2050

A new analysis finds that lowered costs plus cheaper battery storage results in way more renewable energy over the next few decades.

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