Midnight In The Desert — energy

How Much Fuel Is Left in Earth's Tank?

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How Much Fuel Is Left in Earth's Tank?

The may seem like a strange comparison, in some ways, the Earth is a lot like a Toyota Prius. Our planet requires energy for the internal engine that drives its various functions, ranging from tectonic plate movement and volcanic activity to its magnetic field. It gets that energy from two sources -- primordial energy left over from the Earth's formation, and nuclear energy from the heat produced by natural radioactive decay. Scientists have wondered for a long time how much of those two sources of energy still are left in the Earth after 4.6 billion years. But now, in an...

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Perry promises to protect ‘all of the science’ at the US energy department

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Perry promises to protect ‘all of the science’ at the US energy department

Former Texas governor Rick Perry says that he will defend scientists at the US Department of Energy (DOE) if confirmed as its next leader. Perry, president-elect Donald Trump's pick for energy secretary, also says that he would base decisions on “sound science”. And he disavowed a questionnaire from the Trump transition team that sought the names of DOE employees who had worked on climate policy. “I am going to protect all of the science, whether it’s related to the climate or other aspects of what we’re going to be doing,” Perry told a Senate committee during a 19 January hearing...

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Has the U.S. Really Reached an Epic Turning Point in Energy?

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Has the U.S. Really Reached an Epic Turning Point in Energy?

The United States is setting new milestones that suggest a fundamental, and possibly permanent, shift in its energy economy. Consider what happened last year alone. The amount of electricity from coal-fired power plants hit a record low while that from natural gas generators hit a record high. Also, renewable energy added the most new power to the electric grid, and annual carbon emissions reached a 20-year low. “2015 clearly marked a turning point for American energy….We’ve entered a new era here in the United States,” says Lisa Jacobson, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, which released on Thursday...

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Miracle motorbike runs on water! 

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Miracle motorbike runs on water! 

A Brazilian man, Ricardo Azevedo from Sao Paulo, has shown off his wonder bike to the world. The magic machine can travel up to 500 kilometers on a liter of water. The so-called “T Power H20” vehicle is powered by water and an external car battery to produce electricity and split the hydrogen from the water molecules. As a result, combustion is created giving the motorbike the impetus to move. In the video, Azevedo first drinks from the bottle, proving that it’s indeed water and not some kind of other fuel. Then he fills the canister and rides off. Read...

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Lockheed Martin's new fusion reactor can change humanity forever

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Lockheed Martin's new fusion reactor can change humanity forever

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - 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 talked to Dr. Thomas McGuire, the leader of Skunk Work's Revolutionary Technology division. And revolutionary it is, indeed: Instead of using the same design that everyone else is using—the Soviet-derived tokamak,...

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