Science and Technology

Renewable Energy: Tesla has a Solution

Renewable energy has been a matter of discussion for a long time now and the matter is still unclear to most people. What will happen when the reserves of oil are emptied out? What will be the solution for energy in a world where humans can no longer count on non-renewable energy sources to function?

Forget about the Cloud; store your photos in your own DNA.

DNA can be used as a data storage system. In September 2017, it was announced that a live recording of "Smoke on the water" by Deep Purple, and "Tutu" by Miles Davis had been stored in the form of a piece of DNA the size of a speck of dust. This was a "proof of principle" exercise. The binary code is converted to the 4 letter code that represents the building blocks of a DNA sequence. It is a very stable, and very compact form of data storage. All of the Internet could be stored in a test-tube of DNA, and we could conceivably embed data into our own genome.

Unsustainable Animal Agriculture: Can Bugs Save Us?

According to a recent report by the WWF, feeding the ever-growing population of Earth is putting an immense strain on natural resources and biodiversity, primarily in already vulnerable landscapes around the world. Currently, the global population is over 7 billion people and rising quickly, our numbers are expected to reach 10 billion by 2060 (UN 2017). This increase in population coupled with an increase in demand for meat and animal by-products is quickly making animal agriculture one of the most unsustainable efforts on the planet.

Tesla’s Game-Changer In Renewable Energy

One week ago, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla announced that the company was approximately halfway done building and installing a 100 MW/ 129 MWh utility-grade lithium ion battery bank near the 100 MW Hornsdale Wind Farm in Southern Australia. When complete, Tesla’s battery bank will be three times larger than the largest grid-tied system in the world. Musk promised to deliver this massive project to South Australia after years of sporadic power outages. He also promised that he would finish installing the battery bank in 100 days of the project’s approval or it would be free.

Pulling the Plug on Pipelines

Pipelines in Canada and the rest of North America have become a contentious topic over the last few years as advocates for renewable energy, Indigenous Peoples, and the environmental have been pushing back against government regulations and pipeline proposals and construction. The National Observer wrote “Environment Canada offers to cover costs of pipeline’s climate change research” in September 2017, outlining the research offer from Environment Canada.

From Freezer to Fridge: Alaskan Permafrost is Set to Thaw With High Costs to Alaskans and the Global Community

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The debate surrounding climate change is no longer an argument of whether or not it is happening, but is now rather a debate on the level of anthropogenic contribution it. However, while policy makers sit and argue with scientists about emission levels, positive feedback loops are set to amplify the effects of climate change via melting the permafrost. In August, The New York Times published an article by Henry Fountain about the current situation regarding the thawing of the permafrost in Alaska.

A Greener Approach to E-waste Disposal

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A Greener Approach to E-waste Disposal

Niue and Chile: Protectors of the Pacific

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Recently, Chile and the small island nation of Niue (containing only about 1600 people) have set aside some of their waters for conservation purposes. Niue devoted 40% of its economic zone while Chile created two new parks. Collectively, the two nations’ efforts have set aside an ocean area twice the size of Germany – specifically 290,000 square feet – for conservation purposes. The areas, which are listed as marine protected areas, strictly prohibit extractive activities such as fishing (Greshko, 2017).

Canada: A Contradiction in the Making

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As the world continues to adjust to a low-carbon way of life, Canada will continue to extract and ship an abundance of oil resources.

E.U’s New and Improved Wind Atlas

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Summary:

The article called “Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas”  written by the American Institute of Physics covers exactly what you would expect. The article's purpose is to talk about the new venture the