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Climate change: Why trains are not as green as you thought – The Next Web

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring how tech can help achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year? Check out the full ‘Sustainable Societies‘ program here. The 2020s will have to involve some…

Water in the shadows of boulders on Mars?

A new study from the Planetary Research Institute suggests that briny water could temporarily form on Mars’ surface in the shadows of boulders for just a few days each Martian year.

VLT sees surface of dim Betelgeuse

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope is in northern Chile. Astronomers used it to capture the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The new images show how the apparent shape of this star is changing.

Why ‘Green’ Buses Aren’t Very Green, Reliable, Or Climate Friendly

Should Americans follow China in a massive commitment to supposedly eco-friendly battery-electric buses (BEBs)? California has mandated a “carbon-free” bus system by 2040 and will buy only battery or fuel cell-powered buses after 2029. Other states and cities are following…

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The Antarctica factor: Model uncertainties reveal upcoming sea level risk

Within this century already, due to Antarctica alone global sea level might rise up to three times as much as it did in the last century. This is a finding of an exceptionally comprehensive comparison of state-of-the-art computer models from around the world.

Iodide salts stabilise biocatalysts for fuel cells

(Ruhr-University Bochum) Contrary to theoretical predictions, oxygen inactivates biocatalysts for energy conversion within a short time, even under a protective film. A research team of the Resolv Cluster of Excellence at Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) has found out why: Hydrogen peroxide forms on the protective film. The addition of iodide salts to the electrolyte can prevent this from happening and considerably extend the life of the catalysts.

Car sharing innovation and impact: Comparing European cities

(Politecnico di Torino) While waiting for the publication of the toolkit for local decision-makers, expected by the summer, some European case studies analyzed in the STARS project are presented in Bremen

Sorry Doomsayers: The Science Says There’s No Climate Emergency

It is somewhat ironic – though in some ways unsurprising – that at the time when the climate change activism (or, rather, according to the new guidelines, climate crisis or climate catastrophe activism) is reaching its shrillest heights yet, what…

The Rush To Electric Vehicles Is A Consumer Disaster

According to a recent report in Forbes, Tesla’s stock market value is already bigger than Ford and General Motors combined, and Elon Musk, whose company as of 2015 had already received nearly $5 billion in federal subsidies, now has a…

What is synesthesia and what's it like to have it?

I know that the number four is yellow, but I have a friend who insists four is red. She also says four has a motherly personality, but my four has no personality — none of my numbers do. But all…