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The solar energy market is constantly shifting and there is no doubt about that. Photovoltaic (PV) energy was once considered expensive and inefficient but that is no longer the case. Advancements in solar technology are constantly improving (at an exponential rate) but the real industry focus seems to be on ... keep reading
Head down South in the UK and you will find a tiny corner of Plymouth called Bickleigh Down, the place where the first ever eco village will be built! Developers have received planning permission to build 91 properties on the seven acre site comprising of three, four and five bedroom ... keep reading
Great men, like great epochs, are explosive material in whom tremendous energy has been accumulated; their prerequisite has always been historically and physiologically, that a protracted assembling, accumulating, economizing and preserving has preceded them – that there has been no explosion for a long time - Nietzsche. Scientific breakthroughs often follow a ... keep reading
International negotiations have failed to give us strong global commitments on climate change. Nations are falling short on their commitments for greenhouse gas emission reductions. Forget top-down solutions: it’s time to shine a light on what community action can achieve. After 20 years of deliberation, the United Nations Framework ... keep reading
If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change we need disruptive innovations that fundamentally alter the broken systems that continue to build out inequitable, fossil fueled societies. Solar and other renewable energy technologies can do that to energy markets. But it won't happen without fixing ... keep reading
A very big week in science This week:Evidence of Dark Matter found Black hole observed ‘eating’ a planetScientists capture the end of SupernovaWarming preserves Antarctic sea ice Study links early puberty to mental healthEye drops could treat old-age blindnessUsing science to read dreamsReconstructing tissue ... keep reading
The search for sustainable new materials to store heat captured from the sun for release during the night has led scientists to a high-tech combination of paraffin wax and sand. Their report on the heat-storing capability of this microencapsulated sand appears in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. Benxia Li and colleagues ... keep reading
We have seen solar energy used in playgrounds before, with the Son-X Octavia adding an electronic game element to children’s swings. Now energy company NRG Solar has broadened this approach by installing photovoltaic panels at a school playground in New Orleans. Located at the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr ... keep reading
CSIRO scientists have created a 'solar sponge' which captures and then releases carbon dioxide using the power of natural sunlight – as published today in scientific journal Angewandte Chemie. The breakthrough presents a new way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy. The 'sponge' which is made from a new ... keep reading
We are just days away from the long-dreaded sequestration-- $85 billion in spending cuts that will give Americans a taste of the same brand of austerity that sparked strikes and riots in Greece and Spain. We could avoid some of the more devastating cuts if, instead, we cut something that ... keep reading
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