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How Do You Reformat the Drive on a Martian Rover?

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September 1, 2014 - A labour of love is about to be carried out by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) involving

A Conversation About Vanishing Islands Before a Baseball Game

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August 31, 2014 - As we waited for the gate to open for the Buffalo Bisons-Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game last week on the last evening of our vacation, I noticed a gentleman nearby wearing a

Canadian Provincial Premiers Decide on a National Energy Strategy that Includes Climate Change Action

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August 30, 2014 - In a rare display of unanimity Canada's provincial leaders at their annual conference have outlined a national energy strategy.

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is All About the Past

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August 29, 2014 - It is an inspiration to see the technological marvels that have gotten us to where we are today. And a great place to see this is Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Crowdfunding a Space Elevator - Welcome to LiftPort

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While away on vacation, I read about LiftPort Group, a Kickstarter-funded space elevator project that received over $110,000 U.S. from more than 3,400 backers. The company, located in Tacoma, Washington, originally sought $8,000, so one would think this was largely fantasy, but with the amount of money that has come in it would seem it owes its investors something more than one it has delivered to-date.

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.

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