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Firefighters save grove of trees in Australia that predate the dinosaurs

While firefighters — and a few very good dogs — scramble to get people and animals out of regions affected by Australia’s devastating bushfires, there are a handful of residents that would die before they flee. They trace their roots…

Potassium-driven rechargeable batteries: An effort towards a more sustainable environment

(Tokyo University of Science) Concerns about the scarcity of lithium and other materials necessary in the now-ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries have recently driven many researchers to look for alternatives, such as sodium and potassium. Prof Shinichi Komaba from Tokyo University of Science, Japan, and his team have worked for over a decade on this topic. In his latest review article, he extensively discusses his findings on the recent advances, promises, and limitations of potassium-ion batteries.

What does 'no-kill' mean at animal shelters?

In an ideal world, there would be no need for animal shelters. But stray and unwanted pets need a place to go and hopefully they wind up at “no-kill” facilities. But what exactly does “no-kill” mean? The answer isn’t necessarily…

Australia fires and weather live: NSW and Victoria bushfires expected to flare amid extreme conditions – latest updates

Morrison is again asked about the government’s position on climate change, questioned on whether he needs to do more, and whether he might revisit the national energy guarantee – a policy that Morrison previously supported before a conservative uprising within…

How a small donation is bringing big changes to N.C. fire department

The fire department of Ahoskie, a small town in Eastern North Carolina, is about to get an upgrade. Thanks to a donation from renewable energy company Enviva, the fire department can buy new equipment and upgrade its training to help…

How you can help people and animals impacted by Australia's devastating wildfires

The wildfires in Australia have been relentless, burning for months. As of early January, more than 14.7 million acres have burned, and the fires continue to spread. At least 20 people and an estimated half a billion animals have lost…

Climate change, big oil & China: 10 energy and climate issues to watch in 2020 – Axios

From presidential politics to China to oil prices, here’s what I’m watching this year. The big picture: A few key decisive moments this year will help determine whether concerns over climate change — rising since my last two annual outlook…

ASR Says It Has A Parachute For Every eVTOL Aircraft

Switchblade with ASR XRD. Photo: Courtesy ASRAviation Safety Resources (ASR) — a leading parachute safety company that won one of Revolution.Aero’s competitions earlier this year — says it has a parachute system that will work with eVTOL aircraft, even at low altitudes. I recently spoke with Larry Williams, CEO of ASR, on how the company’s parachute technology works, its application for eVTOL aircraft, and public perception

Color-changing brittle stars can see — even without eyes

The red brittle star doesn’t have eyes in the traditional sense. But this marine creature still is able to use vision to find its way through coral reefs thanks to what scientists call a “neat color-changing trick.” Related to sea…