energy

Video Explainer: What Is Nuclear Energy And Why We Don't Have More Of It

Our ability to harness nuclear energy has existed for quite a while now and yet nuclear energy is only responsible for providing 10 per cent of the world’s energy. There are 439 nuclear reactors spread across 31 countries with 160 more reactors planned for the future and yet nuclear energy has stagnated since the ’80s. What gives?


How The Energy Grid Handles The Surge After A Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse which covered much of Europe on March 20 was the continent’s first for 16 years. Back in 1999, as people stopped staring at the sun and got back on with their day they caused a power surge which still stands as a UK record — greater than anything after a football match or royal wedding.


Electric Vehicles Just Got Cooler

In case you didn’t think electric vehicles were cooler than their petrol-guzzling counterparts, well, think again. They quite literally are, according to science.


Our Cities Could Become High-Density Solar Power Plants

Solar energy has a dark side. Those gargantuan plants that sprawl out like deconstructed disco balls sacrifice valuable open space and put wildlife — and possibly human lives — at risk. A new study by Stanford researchers says that focusing our solar energy efforts in already-developed urban areas could yield more power — by collecting energy where we actually use it.


Japanese Scientists Just Beamed Energy Through The Air

Man-made satellites have long been able to harness the sun’s energy as it washes over them outside the protection of our atmosphere. But what if we could beam all that solar power down to Earth? The science fictional idea may be a reality sooner than you think.


California's Wine Country Is Getting A Huge Floating Solar Farm

California has long been on the cutting edge of solar power, and now it has what be its most interesting plan yet: a vast solar array floating on top of wastewater ponds. The project will be built in Sonoma County, which you may know better as wine country.


America Is Getting Its First Offshore Wind Farm

Offshore wind energy is popular in many parts of the world, but it’s never gained traction in the US. Now, a company called Deepwater Wind has announced that it’s secured full funding to build America’s first offshore wind farm, off of the coast of Rhode Island.


How To Read Satellite Data Maps Of The Earth

NASA’s Earth Observatory has spent over 15 years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet’s surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here’s how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet’s vital signs.


The Eiffel Tower Is Generating Power With A Hidden Wind Farm On Its Legs

Paris hasn’t been shy about slapping on sexxxy new attractions to the 127-year-old Eiffel Tower over the past few years — what with the glittering lights and glass floors. But the latest addition is designed to be neither seen or heard.


Now We Actually Have A Real Reason To Dread Solar Eclipses 

Superstitions have surrounded the eerie solar eclipse since time immemorial. And now, for entirely scientific reasons, it turns out we have good reason to fear them. Earth’s biggest solar eclipse since 1999 is happening this March, and it could cause some real disruption — thanks to Europe’s reliance on solar energy.


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