Energy

Australia is Selling Uranium to India Without Safety Nets

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On May 18, 1974, India detonated an eight kiloton nuclear bomb named Smiling Buddha. The international reaction was swift, abject condemnation. This was the first bomb to be built from uranium sold as nuclear fuel, and it was the first bomb detonated by a country other than the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, England, ... Read More »

These Are The Real Stories Behind Some Of The Most Beautiful Colors In Art

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Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it’s as if the terms emote more meaning than just color. We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown. There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin’s new fusion reactor can change humanity forever

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This is an invention that could change civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It’s the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works claims it will be operative in 10 years. Aviation Week had exclusive access to their secret laboratories and ... Read More »

Tony Abbott says ‘coal is good for humanity’ while opening mine

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‘Coal is vital for the future energy needs of the world, so let’s have no demonisation of coal’ says PM Tony Abbott has declared “coal is good for humanity” while opening a coalmine in Queensland. The prime minister, who describes himself as a conservationist, said coal was vital to the world and that fossil fuel should not be demonised. “Coal is ... Read More »

A 13-Year-Old Has Invented A Completely New Approach To Cleaning Up Oil Spills

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This 13-year-old is trying to save the world one ecosystem at a time. Chythanya Murali, an eighth grader from Arkansas, has created a safe, effective, non-conventional method to clean oil spills, by harnessing the cleaning properties of bacteria — specifically the enzymes they use to break down oil particles. These enzymes disassemble oil molecules, making way for the bacteria to ... Read More »

Rio de Janeiro mayor: give cities power over energy to help climate fight

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Eduardo Paes tells Climate Week in New York that cities should have more autonomy to set energy policy  Jump to comments Cities around the globe should have more say over their energy policy and powers to deal with climate change, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro has told the Guardian. Speaking on the fringes of Climate Week in New York, ... Read More »

Pacific Islanders Threatened by Climate Change Face a Legal Black Hole

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For Ursula Rakova, climate change isn’t a theory—it’s a tangible threat that has been encroaching upon her ancestral home on the Carterets Islands for decades now. Global warming has forced the 2700 members of her community off the coast of Papua New Guinea to forge new lives on higher ground. Indigenous communities make up five percent of the world’s population, ... Read More »

The Power Of The Press: CSIRO Installs Solar Panel Printer

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Solar technology In Australia took a step forward recently, with the installation of a machine that can print solar panels. Amy McQuire reports. Printable solar panels could power our laptops and rooftops – even our skyscrapers – sooner than we think after a new solar-cell printer, the nation’s largest, was recently installed at the CSIRO. The printer, worth $200,000 and ... Read More »

Water Pressures in Central Asia

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Growing tensions in the Ferghana Valley are exacerbated by disputes over shared water resources. To address this, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan urgently need to step back from using water or energy as a coercive tool and focus on reaching a series of modest, bilateral agreements, pending comprehensive resolution of this serious problem. Political rivalries, economic competition, heightened nationalism and mistrust ... Read More »