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We’re going to need a lot of solar panels.

This will really expand your mind. Casey Handmer makes the case that with the solar costs declining 30% with every doubling of production, an average doubling time of 3 years, and a little more time, we’ll soon see solar energy […]

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AlphaFold reveals the structure of the protein universe.

A year after Google’s DeepMind team released AlphaFold, an AI system that can determine the shape of any protein from its sequence, comes this: “[W]e’re now releasing predicted structures for nearly all catalogued proteins known to science, which will expand […]

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Stretch wrap from food waste.

Another one of many examples of the coming end of dinosaur-based plastics. Almost every pallet gets wrapped with plastic before shipping to keep its contents secure. That plastic is one-time-use and boy is it used often. Australian company Great Wrap is […]

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Maybe we should worry more about solar storms.

Inside this article you’ll learn how carbon dating works. “1859’s Carrington event gave us a preview of how catastrophic the Sun could be for humanity. But it could get even worse than we imagined.” | learn more

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Dude, where’s my fuel?

Prometheus Fuels Founder and CEO: “But as often happens with breakthroughs of this magnitude, our process has … raised a lot of questions: How is it possible that your e-fuels are so much cheaper than everyone else’s? And if you […]

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When to throw your plastic straw into the garbage.

“I’m a civil engineer. Landfills get a bad rap because they seem horrible, but modern landfill technology is really pretty amazing. … And anything that goes into the landfill does not get into the ocean.” | learn more