Thursday, 19 July 2018

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings.

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Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts and people are pissed

Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts and people are pissed

Peanuts were an iconic part of Southwest flights.

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Is It Possible to Smell Weakness? Lemurs Can

Is It Possible to Smell Weakness? Lemurs Can

An injured ring-tailed lemur’s personal scent plummets, and others can use that as a signal to swoop in on mates or territory. By Liz Langley.

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Australians tried to do the right thing by recycling but then we discovered we’d been played for mugs

Australians tried to do the right thing by recycling but then we discovered we’d been played for mugs

Keep America Beautiful managed to shift the entire debate about America’s garbage problem. ... the ‘litterbug’ became the real villain, and KAB supported fines and jail time for people who carelessly tossed out their trash, despite the fact that, clearly, ‘littering’ is a relatively tiny part of the garbage problem in this country.”

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Meat and dairy companies to surpass oil industry as world’s biggest polluters

Meat and dairy companies to surpass oil industry as world’s biggest polluters

Meat and dairy companies are on track to be the world’s biggest contributors to climate change, outpacing even the fossil fuel industry, according to a new report. To arrive at this conclusion, non-profit organisations the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN conducted an analysis of the planet’s 35 largest meat and dairy companies. They found that broadly speaking the companies were being secretive about their emissions data and few had set hard targets intended to deal with their pollution.

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Welcome to the Meghalayan Age

Welcome to the Meghalayan Age

The official history of Earth has a new chapter - and we are in it. Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct age in the story of our planet. They are calling it the Meghalayan Age, the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilisations worldwide. The International Chronostratigraphic Chart, the famous diagram depicting the timeline for Earth's history (seen on many classroom walls) will be updated.

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Scientists discover 'quadrillion tons of diamond' beneath Earth's surface

Scientists discover 'quadrillion tons of diamond' beneath Earth's surface

Scientists believe there could be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond scattered beneath the Earth's surface. The diamonds were found by analysing seismic records - essentially sound waves travelling through the Earth triggered by ground-shaking forces. Dr Ulrich Faul, a research scientist at MIT, explained that one of diamond's many special properties is the speed at which sound waves travel through the material.

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