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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.


Indoor Skydiving With iFly Downunder

For those who wish they could fly yet think that throwing oneself out of a perfectly good airplane is just crazy, indoor skydiving is all the thrill with none of the danger. We tried it out for ourselves, as well as taking a behind the scenes look at how the facility works.


NASA Satellite Visualises The Movement Of Dust From The Sahara Desert

Here’s an awesome 3D visualisation from NASA that shows how the Sahara Desert helps fertilise the Amazon rainforest even though they’re on two different continents that are separated by an entire ocean. The Saharan dust is carried over by wind and the phosphorous in the dust is essential to the Amazon.


What Having Super-Vision To See The Wind Blowing Must Look Like

Video: We can feel the wind when it hits us and we can track wind patterns when we check the weather and when it’s really strong, we can totally see the effect wind has on the world around us but this video let’s us imagine what seeing actual wind would look like. It looks like ghosts. Now I’m glad we can’t see the wind.


The Plan To Store Wind Energy In Giant Underwater Air Bubbles

Weather is annoyingly fickle, and so is the wind. If massive offshore wind farms are going to become reality, we need better ways to store the extra energy from windy days for the windless ones. One a bizarre-sounding idea floating around: giant balloons of compressed air stored deep underwater.


The Mysterious Disease Travelling Across The Pacific In The Wind

For decades, doctors have been unable to answer the most basic question about Kawasaki disease: what causes it — a virus, a chemical, a fungus? Whatever it is, it provokes mysterious swelling and rashes in infants. Doctors now think they have finally figured out what causes Kawasaki — thanks to an analysis of the wind.


The Tallest Wind Turbine Ever Will Float Above Alaska

A thousand feet off the ground, the wind blows brisk and uninterrupted. But how do you build such a tall, thin beam to support a turbine’s blades? You don’t — you float the generator in a giant helium balloon. The world’s first floating commercial wind turbine will soon be hovering over Fairbanks, Alaska.


Offshore Wind Farms Might Save Us From Hurricanes

In the match-up of wind turbine versus hurricane, our bets have traditionally been with the hurricane. But think about it this way: wind turbines are designed to suck energy out of wind. What if they could suck out so much energy that hurricanes like Katrina or Sandy never form in the first place — with the potentially destructive storm instead spun directly into electricity? That’s the win-win situation posited in a new study from Stanford and University of Delaware researchers.


This Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot Aims To End Desertification

Robots have a hard time walking. They’re getting better! But we’re a ways away from having a robot that you can send on an excursion through a dune-covered desert. That’s why, when he wanted to design a robot to collect climate data, designer Shlomi Mir looked to nature. Specifically, to tumbleweeds.


The Best Science Visualisations Of The Year

From microscopic coral to massive planets, the natural world is full of beauty on a scale that can only be seen with the aid of a microscopic or a telescope. Announced today, the winners of the 11th annual International Science and Engineering Visualisation Challenge — sponsored by the journal Science and the US National Science Foundation — zoom into microscopic scales and zoom out onto planetary scales.


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