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Do 97% of Climate Scientists Agree about Climate Change? (Hint: It’s Many More)

Do 97% of Climate Scientists Agree about Climate Change? (Hint: It’s Many More)

Almost everyone seems to accept the often quoted claim that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made – but is the figure accurate?  Read more »

The Return of the Incandescent Lightbulb?

The Return of the Incandescent Lightbulb?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to modify old-fashioned tungsten-filament lightbulbs to potentially make them far more efficient than current LEDs.  Read more »

A Lithium Battery That Doesn’t Explode

A Lithium Battery That Doesn’t Explode

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a lithium battery which shuts itself down when it get too hot and turns itself back on when it has cooled to a safe level.  Read more »

Storing Energy in Undersea Balloons

Storing Energy in Undersea Balloons

A Canadian company, Hydrostor, is testing the use of giant underwater balloons to store surplus energy when the demand for electricity is low and generate electricity when demand is high.  Read more »

Carbon Capture & Storage More Expensive than Thought

Carbon Capture & Storage More Expensive than Thought

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found serious flaws in previous statements about the economics of carbon capture and storage.  Read more »

Coating Improves Solar Panels at Multiple Angle

Coating Improves Solar Panels at Multiple Angle

Engineers from King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan’s National Central University have developed a a glass coating which they say enables panels to absorb sunlight from multiple angles, significantly boosting the cell’s overall efficiency.  Read more »

Scientists Claim Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis

Scientists Claim Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have development of a system that mimics the natural photosynthetic process by which plants use the energy in sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. The artificial system can capture carbon dioxide emissions and convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and liquid fuels.  Read more »

A Shocking New Approach to Desalination

A Shocking New Approach to Desalination

A team at MIT has come up with an innovative approach to treating salty, brackish or contaminated water to make it usable by using an electrically driven shockwave within a stream of flowing water. The shockwave divides the stream into two regions which are easily separated.  Read more »

New Approach Promises Cheaper Solar Thermal Storage

New Approach Promises Cheaper Solar Thermal Storage

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new approach, using thermochemical storage, in which chemical transformation is used in repeated cycles to hold heat, for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy which could reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use.  Read more »

Significant Progress Towards the “Ultimate Battery”

Significant Progress Towards the “Ultimate Battery”

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have reported that they have made a significant advance in the practical development of a lithium-air battery – regarded by many as the “ultimate” battery.  Read more »