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New Australian Climate Model Confirms Anthropogenic Reasons for Decreased Precipitation

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It seems that climate change is really picking on Australia in a big way. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have created a climate model that indicates a trend to declining fall and winter rainfall over the southwestern, southern and eastern parts of the Australian continent. The cause - greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ozone depletion.

Proposed Oil Sands Pipeline Not Carbon Neutral According to New Analysis

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In a debate that has raged on both sides of the 49th parallel, whether to build or mothball the Keystone XL oil pipeline remains a hot topic. Canada has sent its Prime Minister, its Foreign Minister, its Energy Minister, assorted premiers and other bigwigs to Washington and New York to tout the advantages that Keystone XL will bring to the United States.

Did Our Universe Pop Out of a Black Hole?

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The Perimeter Institute at University of Waterloo, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, has proposed in recent discussions among its faculty focused on cosmology, that the Big Bang may have been the back side of a black hole.

Company Introduces Solid-State Battery Technology to Drive Down Cost and Up Efficiency

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Applied Materials Inc. supplies equipment, software, and services to some of the world's biggest manufacturers of semiconductors, smartphones, and other types of consumer electronics. They design and build material constructs at the atomic level. And one of their areas of expertise is batteries. At the Wearable Technologies Conference held in Germany, a senior technologist from Applied Materials described the company's work on solid-state thin film batteries, smaller, lighter, more flexible, with faster recharge and double the cycles of current lithium-ion technology.

Mercury Levels in the Upper Ocean Tripled by Us

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Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have altered the chemistry of both air and ocean. New global measurements, not computer models, are painting a disturbing picture. Mercury has tripled in the world's oceans.

Rover Wars on Mars

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In the last week updated plans for the next generation of Martian rovers have been released.

New Horizons Spacecraft Captures Images of Charon in Orbit Around Pluto

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The real story behind this most recent imagery of Charon circling in close proximity to its parent, Pluto, is just how little we actually know about the dwarf planet. Here is an astonishing reminder of our lack of knowledge. We humans have yet to observe a full year on Pluto. We've known of its existence since 1930 but the dwarf planet takes 248 Earth years to orbit the Sun. As a result we don't, to date, have an accurate measure of Pluto's complete orbital path.

Those Who Govern the U.S. Have Been Warned - Ignore Climate Risks and Watch the Economy Sink

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Robert Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States says that not acting on climate change will take down the economy.

Betting on Hydrogen: Japan Joins Iceland as Primary Developers of Gas-Based Economy

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Iceland with its abundant geothermal energy sources and access to natural gas seems like a good place to develop a hydrogen economy. But along what it calls the Icelandic Hydrogen Highway, the country has encountered a few bumps and bruises. When the economy and banking system tanked a few years ago the plans for a hydrogen infrastructure were put on hold.

How Old Cell Phones Will Save the Forests of Our World

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A Kickstarter campaign,for a project called the Rainforest Connection has received $167,000 U.S. recently. Its goal: reduce illegal cutting of forests using old cell phones encased in solar panels and placed high in trees to listen and report on the sound of chainsaws. When detected the phones alert local forest rangers to catch those engaged in illegal logging.

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