The Crazy New ‘Sponge’ That Can Generate Steam From Sunlight -
Researchers at MIT say their material could be used to make sterilization, desalination of water, and even solar thermal power generation cheaper and more efficient.
Destination: Doom -
China survives, mostly. For those of you on the edge of your seat wanting to know how the global climate crisis turns out, that’s the short answer.
But to skip to the end would be missing the point of Professor Naomi Oreskes’ latest book, a novella called “The Collapse of Western Civilization.” Because, though the book is fictional, it is fact-based, and the lessons it holds lie not in the fanciful outcome but in how the world gets there.
We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does -
“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”
Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design -
“Over 10bn litres of sewage are produced every day in England and Wales. It takes approximately 6.34 GW hours of energy to treat this volume of sewage, almost 1% of the average daily electricity consumption of England and Wales.” You’re not net-zero if you are flushing your waste into the sewer.”
"In a world where we are running out of fresh water, making artificial fertilizer from fossil fuels and approaching peak phosphorus, it is idiotic and almost criminal that we pay huge amounts in taxes to use drinking water to flush away our personal fertilizer and phosphorus and dump it in the ocean. In the future, they should be paying us."
Lettuce See the Future: Japanese Farmer Builds High-Tech Indoor Veggie Factory -
Shimamura says that the systems allows him to grow lettuce full of vitamins and minerals two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm. He is also able to cut discarded produce from 50 percent to just 10 percent of the harvest, compared to a conventional farm. As a result, the farms productivity per square foot is up 100-fold, he says.
'Our plan is to colonise Mars' -
Dr Ellen Stofan says that missions to the red planet are a priority of the US space agency – and that the best way to search for extraterrestrial life is by setting up a permanent presence
Have You Hugged a Concrete Pillar Today? -
Bill Gates reviews the book Making the Modern World by Vaclav Smil which takes a fascinating look at concrete, steel, and other stuff that makes modern life possible.
Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine -
Companies such as Google race to invent flying wind turbines to bring life-changing electricity to isolated areas worldwide.
Why Energy Is Technology's Next Big Thing -
For the past four decades, energy has cast a shadow over economic and political life. Thankfully, it looks like that’s about to change.
Russia to Begin Moon Colonization in 2030 – Report -
Russia has drafted a program for colonization of the moon, and plans to send the first expeditions to build a permanent lunar base in 2030, the Russian Izvestia daily said Thursday, citing an official document."This process has the beginning, but has no end," Rogozin told Rossiiskaya Gazeta. “We are going to come to the Moon forever.”