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A Startup With No Website Just Announced A Major Fusion Breakthrough

A small startup has announced a major advance towards fusion power, the Holy Grail of energy that could rid us of fossil fuels forever. Tri Alpha Energy says it’s built a machine that can hold a hot blob of plasma steady at 10 million degrees Celsius for five whole milliseconds.


Obama's Big Plan To Make Solar Energy More Efficient And Affordable

Earlier this month, US President Obama launched an ambitious plan to move states away from coal plants and towards more renewable energy generation. Now he’s focusing on the consumer side with a suite of initiatives to help Americans collect energy at home, encourage manufacturers to make more efficient appliances, and — perhaps most critically — boost research to find new energy technologies.


Photo Essay: Inside A 120-Year-Old Steam-Powered Water-Pumping Station

A small village on the left bank of the river Tisza in Hungary hides one of the best-preserved industrial relics I have ever seen. If you wander along the flood prevention dyke near the village, you’ll see an old building with an enormous brick chimney towering above the trees: this is the old Tiszabercel water pumping station, a one-of-a-kind gem from the steam age.


The Awful Air Pollution In China Is Killing 4,000 People Every Day

The layer of thick smog that blankets many of China’s cities is not just making residents sick, it’s also causing premature death. Up to 4,000 people a day are dying due to China’s air pollution.


This Little Fusion Reactor May One Day Power The World

Fusion power has seemed like science fiction — a boundless energy source that would light up the world forever, if only we could figure out how to contain it. And yet we’re always about thirty years away from solving that mystery. Until now.


Japan Returns To Nuclear Energy After An Almost Two-Year Hiatus

For the last two years, Japan’s nuclear sector had been completely halted in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. But this week, for the first time, the government is rebooting a reactor for the long term, despite public opposition.


Watch Obama Talk About His Clean Power Plan, Live Right Now

Right now, US President Obama is discussing his new Clean Power Plan. He began by saying that climate change is a threat to national security and health. Here’s what he’s proposing. Watch it live, right here.


Denver's Energy Use Is Surging, And It's Because Of Weed 

The bud may be green, but growing it really isn’t: Weed growers in Denver are straining the city’s electrical grid.


Amazon Is Building A New Wind Farm In North Carolina

Amazon Web Services has announced that it was contracting the construction of a 208 megawatt wind farm in North Carolina.


Charging Your Phone On A London Overground Train Could Get You Arrested

What’s worse than a long, cramped train journey? A long, cramped train journey without a smartphone to distract yourself with. But for artist Robin Lee, leaving his phone in his pocket may have been a more sensible option, as charging his device through a London Overground train’s power socket unexpectedly led to his arrest.


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