Revolutionary seawater powered battery gives underwater drones a big boost
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you’re on land you can just pop to a charging station and re-charge your vehicle, but underwater it’s not so easy – until now   Underwater drones are becoming an increasingly popular – whether it’s to private industry who are increasingly using them... Read more
California smashes its renewables energy record
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy still has a long way to go before it beats out fossil fuels completely but the momentum is gathering   Earlier this week the US state of California announced that on May 13th they smashed through a renewable energy milestone as its largest... Read more
Scientists have created the world’s first durable printed solar cell
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to print stable, high efficiency solar cells could one day help companies produce low cost solar panels in volume that that will reduce the cost of solar power and speed up its global adoption   Renewables, especially solar power, is on a... Read more
Paper made from stone is transforming the paper industry
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For thousands of years paper has been made using pulp from trees, but a few years ago that changed and now paper made from stone is hitting the shelves in a big way   If you haven’t heard of paper that’s made from stone... Read more
An ocean going drone is protecting the world’s largest marine reserve
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Conservations have always had to work on a budget, I know, I’ve been one, but now technology is helping them in ways that were previously unimaginable Stuff   Whether it’s robots stunning invasive species like Lionfish and the Crown of Thorns, or scientists using... Read more
China brings the world’s largest floating solar power plant online
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is on an unstoppable roll and with companies bringing new capacity online every minute of every day the future of the technology looks bright   Late last week, workers switched on a solar energy plant that’s capable of producing 40 megawatts of... Read more
Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Light can behave in strange ways but now that scientists have managed to turn it into a superfluid at room temperature we could see new breakthroughs in communications and computing   Light only travels in straight lines, or does it? Scientists have known for... Read more
World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It can be said that science fiction writers have a love affair with black holes, and now a team of American scientists have managed to spontaneously create a molecule sized one here on Earth   Black holes are without question the most powerful objects... Read more
Atlanta joins 26 other US cities, commits to run entirely on renewable energy by 2035
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One by one major US cities are committing themselves to a green future and every one of them wants to run 100 percent on renewable energy by 2035   Earlier this month Atlanta lawmakers approved a resolution that puts the city on track to run entirely... Read more
Swiss scientists are growing glaciers to turn back the effects of global warming
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A crazy plan to re-freeze the arctic isn’t as crazy as it sounds, and now Swiss scientists are trying it out to regrow their glaciers   Earlier in the year a team of scientists announced their outlandish plans to re-freeze the Arctic by installing... Read more
Japanese scientists want to be the first to drill into the Earth’s mantle
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to drill through the the Earth’s mantle will not only help us predict earthquakes better, but it will also give us a complete record of the formation of Earth   Last week a team of Japanese scientists, backed by the Japanese government,... Read more
Harvard gets ready to geoengineer the Earth’s atmosphere
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Climate change still looks like it’s a runaway train, albeit that optimists think that hope is on the horizon, but there are still many people in the scientific community that think we need Plan B in case Plan A fails   In a first... Read more
Australia is building the world’s biggest solar farm
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With solar technology improving in efficiency, and reducing in cost countries now seem to be racing to embrace it and the projects are getting bigger and bigger   The record for the largest solar power plant keeps changing hands,. One minute it’s Africa, the next... Read more
Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventors have found a novel way to combine new technologies together to help fish farmers reduce pollution, reduce costs and improve the yield, and health, of their farm reared Salmon   When you think about laser-wielding robots that are equipped with the latest machine... Read more
A river in New Zealand was just granted human rights to protect it from pollution
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where environmental destruction is still commonplace a river in New Zealand is about to reap the benefits of being given the same rights as a human being   In a world first, and in an age where we are beginning to... Read more
Scientists set new solar panel efficiency record
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is now coming of age and every innovation, and every breakthrough only helps to accelerate its adoption   Turning sunlight, which is basically photons, into electricity, electrons, is a surprisingly tricky thing. While there have been experiments that have created solar arrays that can... Read more
Google Project Sunroof shows off solars huge potential in the US
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over eighty percent of homes in the US could run solar panels and if you want to wean yourself off of fossil fuels then that could be great news   It sounds like an obvious thing, but if you’re a company who’s selling solar... Read more
Smog and waste push China to cancel the roll out of 103 coal fired power stations
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coal fired power stations are regarded as the most polluting form of energy production, this latest roll back of investment in coal could be good news for the environment   At the same time that China’s government is talking about creating new global energy... Read more
India brings the world’s largest solar power plant online
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is now the cheapest form of electricity in 58 countries, with more capacity coming online that number’s only going to get bigger   China might be largest producer of solar energy in the world, but neighbouring India is equally ambitious. In the... Read more
New solar panels generate electricity from rain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new range of all weather solar panels could help further reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and make renewable energy an even more attractive proposition   Solar panel technology has changed the way many people bring energy into their homes, but it’s always... Read more
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