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Climate Change Concerns Higher in the Northeast, West US – Gallup

Story Highlights Southerners, Midwesterners less likely to say global warming has begun Worries about global warming higher in the East and West WASHINGTON, D.C. — The premise of the Green New Deal being debated in Congress is that the window…

Bank Holiday Monday book review – Enlightenment Now, by Stephen Pinker

Mark ♦ April 22, 2019 ♦ Leave Your Comment Reviewed by Ian Carter The premise of this book is that by almost any metric you care to choose, things have got better for humans as a result of the scientific…

Tesla’s Seat Heaven — Home Of Tesla’s Cloud-Like Seats

If you’ve ever ridden in a Tesla vehicle featuring the company’s white vegan leather seats, you were surely impressed. They’re as soft as a cloud. They’re as white as Conan O’Brien’s grandma (I assume). Beyond the smooth surface, they’re so cushy you feel like you just sat on the marshmallow man. And on a cold day, they’ll toast your buns quicker than a looney roadrunner can climb a mountain

New technique produces longer-lasting lithium batteries

(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) Columbia Engineering researchers have developed a new method for safely prolonging battery life by inserting a nano-coating of boron nitride (BN) to stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries. The team focused on solid, ceramic electrolytes, which show promise in improving safety and energy density, compared with conventional, flammable electrolytes in Li-ion batteries. Rechargeable solid-state lithium batteries they are promising candidates for next-generation energy storage.

Human influence on climate change is traced back to the 19th century

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) A new study shows that human influence on climate change can be traced back to the late 19th century based on summer-winter temperature difference.

Rewriting the textbook on fossil fuels: New technologies help unravel nature’s methane recipes

(Terry Collins Assoc) Experts say scientific understanding of deep hydrocarbons has been transformed, with new insights gained into the sources of energy that could have catalyzed and nurtured Earth’s earliest forms of life.Abiotic hydrocarbons have been a major focus of the Deep Carbon Observatory program — a 10-year exploration of Earth’s innermost secrets, concluding in October.

From coal to gas: How the shift can help stabilize climate change

(National Institute for Environmental Studies) A transition from coal-based energy to cleaner-burning gas has long been viewed as a staple of many climate action plans, despite concerns over leakage and possible harmful emissions. A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that not only is such a shift central to meeting climate targets and stabilizing global temperature rise, but that the benefits of cleaner-burning gas outweigh its possible risks.