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What is a solar tower and how does it work?

A solar tower, also known as a solar power tower, is a way to concentrate solar power to make it a more powerful energy source. Solar towers are sometimes also called heliostat power plants because they use a collection of…

The Electric Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Is A Tribute To Racing Heritage

Hispano Suiza Carmen BoulogneAfter lying dormant for nearly 80 years, the storied Hispano Suiza name was reborn last summer with the launch of the million-Euro, all-electric Carmen in Barcelona. It was a stunning piece of rolling from an unexpected source — since when is Spain a hotbed of automotive innovation!? — but was it a real car? Well, [&hellip

COVID-19 Could Affect Cities For Years. Here Are 4 Ways They’re Coping Now.

Image of a particular district NYC cynthia shahanWaling to Subway. NYC cynthia shahanThe COVID-19 pandemic is laying bare two unavoidable facts about our new reality: we are more interconnected than ever, and cities are at the front lines of this crisis and will be at the front lines of any similarly globalized crisis in the future

Pablo Escobar’s hippos may help counteract a legacy of extinctions

When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos in his private zoo in Colombia were left behind. Since then, their numbers have grown to an estimated 80-100 in the country’s rivers. Scientists and the public alike have viewed the hippos as invasive pests that should not run wild in South America. Now a new study by an international group of researchers challenges this view.

Meet the giant exoplanet where it rains iron

The temperatures on the day side of giant exoplanet WASP-76b are scorching, high enough for metals to be vaporized. But the night side is cooler, and winds carry an iron “rain” from the day side to the night side.

Caterpillar 'plastivores' can eat and digest plastic bags

Each year, human beings produce about 400 million metric tons of plastic, a number that’s set to double in the next 20 years if oil and gas companies succeed in opening new plastics plants. That’s despite a burgeoning plastic pollution…

How plants sound the alarm about danger

(Salk Institute) Just like humans and other animals, plants have hormones. One role of plant hormones is to perceive trouble and then signal to the rest of the plant to respond. A multicenter team led by current and former investigators from the Salk Institute is reporting new details about how plants respond to a hormone called jasmonic acid, or jasmonate. The findings could help researchers develop crops that are hardier and more able to withstand assault, especially in an era of rapid climate change.