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Feb 23, 2016

Graphene May Soon be Produced Commercially, Thanks to a Chance Discovery

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, solar power, sustainability

Graphene is too delicate to be produced commercially, but it seem that scientists have now stumbled upon the correct method of tuning it.

Graphene has many extraordinary properties. It is carbon, but it comes in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic thick, honeycomb lattice.

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Feb 23, 2016

Proven one-step process to convert CO2 and water directly into liquid hydrocarbon fuel

Posted by in categories: chemistry, sustainability, transportation

Our next step is to develop a photo-catalyst better matched to the solar spectrum,” MacDonnell said. “Then we could more effectively use the entire spectrum of incident light to work towards the overall goal of a sustainable solar liquid fuel.


A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

This simple and inexpensive new sustainable fuels technology could potentially help limit global warming by removing from the atmosphere to make fuel. The process also reverts oxygen back into the system as a byproduct of the reaction, with a clear positive environmental impact, researchers said.

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Feb 22, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Offers These Predictions for the Future of the Internet

Posted by in categories: drones, internet, military, solar power, sustainability, transportation

On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mark Zuckerberg partook in what he thought would be a “fireside chat” with Wired’s Jessi Hempel but which was verifiably not fireside, and was, actually, a keynote.

Inverse picked out the best nine moments of this interview.

1.) Zuck doesn’t know that Aquila will meet regulations but is just confident that it’ll work out

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Feb 22, 2016

Nanoscale system reaches perfect efficiency for solar fuel production step

Posted by in categories: energy, materials, nanotechnology, sustainability

A major goal in renewable energy research is to harvest the energy of the sun to convert water into hydrogen gas, a storable fuel. Now, with a nanoparticle-based system, researchers have set a record for one of the half-reactions in this process, reporting 100% efficiency for the reduction of water to hydrogen (Nano Lett. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04813).

To make such water-splitting systems, researchers must find the right materials to absorb light and catalyze the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The two half-reactions in this process—the reduction of water to hydrogen gas, and the oxidation of water to oxygen gas—must be isolated from each other so their products don’t react and explode. “Completing the cycle in an efficient, stable, safe fashion with earth-abundant elements is an ongoing challenge,” says chemist Nathan S. Lewis of Caltech, who was not involved in this study.

Until recently, the efficiency of the reduction step had maxed out at 60%. One challenge is that electrons and positive charges formed in the light absorption process can rapidly recombine, preventing the electrons from reducing water molecules to form hydrogen. To overcome this problem, several years ago, Lilac Amirav of Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and her colleagues designed a nanoparticle-based system (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, DOI: 10.1021/jz100075c) that would physically separate the charges formed during photocatalysis.

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Feb 22, 2016

Dutch scientists building sun-free, underground farms

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

These underground farms could feed 9 billion people, using 1/3 the space of Hawaii.

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Feb 21, 2016

New Japanese ‘Robot Farm’ Can Grow Vegetables Anywhere on Earth

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

A new fully-automated farm in Japan can be used to grow vegetables anywhere on Earth with little human input, but it may not yet be a solution to solve hunger, the company’s CEO told Sputnik Japan.

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Feb 21, 2016

There’s a massive shift happening in the world right now

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

The cost of renewable energy is plummeting while fossil fuel companies are in distress.

Now is the time to keep on pushing.

350.org's photo.

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Feb 19, 2016

SolarCity will use Tesla’s Powerpack to deliver solar power even when it’s dark

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, solar power, sustainability, transportation

No source of energy is perfect and one of the traditional drawbacks of solar energy has been that it’s tough to generate new power when it’s dark outside. However, SolarCity announced this week that it’s taken a big step toward fixing this problem by agreeing to use Tesla’s 52 MWh Powerpack lithium-ion battery storage system for its massive solar power project that it’s building in Hawaii for the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). SolarCity, of course, is chaired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk so the decision to go with the Powerpack is pretty convenient for both companies.

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SolarCity says it believes that its collaboration with Tesla will produce “the first utility-scale system in the U.S. to provide dispatchable solar energy, meaning that the utility can count on electricity being available when it’s needed, even hours after the sun goes down.” To be clear, using the Powerpack won’t completely eliminate the need for non-solar resources at night since it’s projected to feed up to 13 megawatts of electricity onto the grid, which will only reduce the amount of power used by non-renewable sources.

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Feb 18, 2016

Radio Flyer Partners With Tesla Motors to Release a Miniature Model S Electric Car for Children

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Radio Flyer has partnered with Tesla Motors to release a miniature Model S electric car for children. The vehicle has a top speed of six miles per hour, advanced battery technology, working headlights, a sound system, and other Model S inspired design elements.

The tiny cars will begin shipping in May 2016, and customers can preorder and build their little Model S now. The preorder process involves picking the color as well as optional spare batteries, a cover, and customizable license plate and parking sign.

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Feb 16, 2016

Car cyber hijacking on the rise

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, security, sustainability, transportation

Cyber Carjacking the new way to steal someone’s auto.


Cyber security was one of the topics on the agenda at the recent CyberTech conference held in Tel Aviv.

Last year, hackers in the US managed to remotely access a Jeep Cherokee SUV through its on-board computer, taking control of its steering, transmission and brakes.

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