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Sunrise at the moon’s Bhabha crater

A day on the moon lasts about an earthly month, so dawn comes to each part of the moon only that often. In this view from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, you can see a crater’s central peak illuminated by sunlight, while the crater floor remains dark.

Inside ITER — the giant fusion reactor

(Springer) Most of the energy we consume is provided by fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and coal, which are major contributors to our current climate crisis. As the demand for energy continues to grow in almost every country in the world, we urgently need to find new power sources that are safe and environmentally friendly. Could hydrogen fusion be the answer?

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019, researchers said Tuesday, putting countries farther off course from their goal of halting global warming. The new data contained glimmers of good news: Worldwide, industrial…

The impact of molecular rotation on a peculiar isotope effect on water hydrogen bonds

(National Institutes of Natural Sciences) Quantum nature of hydrogen bonds in water manifests itself in peculiar physicochemical isotope effects: while deuteration often elongates and weakens hydrogen bonds of typical hydrogen-bonded systems composed of bulky constituent molecules, it elongates but strengthens hydrogen bonds of water molecular aggregates. The origin of this unique isotope effect of water molecules remains to be elucidated at the molecular level. A recent experimental study on the sublimation of isotope-mixed water ice has tackled this issue.

Alarmists Want To Rebrand ‘Climate Change’ For Greater Shock Value

Climate change alarmists are pushing for a change in vocabulary to scare people into taking global warming more seriously, starting with terms like “global meltdown” and “climate collapse.” Writing for AdAge this week, Aaron Hall argues that in order to…

We’re All Going To Die: Alarmists In Our Midst

We are all going to die. The raspy scream of headlines, op-eds, demonstrators, wonks, activists, dinner guests, and friends. Or worse, our kids are all going to die (a dash of guilt to spice up the fear). The public sphere…

Carbon intensity of power sector down in 2019

(College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University) Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation have compiled carbon emissions for the US electric power sector for the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 as part of the CMU Power Sector Carbon Index.

The impact of the soil microbiota on the mitigation of greenhouse gases in tropical forests

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Besides the soil microbiota, two other initiatives that look at the challenges of climate change related to geological sediments and emissions resulting from sugarcane production were presented at FAPESP Week France.

Physicists may have discovered a fifth force of nature

Physicists tell us the universe is controlled by just four fundamental forces. Gravity and electromagnetism operate on a scale we can readily recognize, while the strong and weak forces act on the atomic level to connect atoms or break them…