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A 17-year-old high school student is being hailed for discovering a new planet that is roughly 6.9 times larger than the Earth—and he did it on his third day of an internship with NASA.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that around noon, a sheriff’s helicopter searching the area near the Butte Meadows spotted a vehicle matching the description of an SUV owned by Paula Beth James, 68. After the pilot landed the helicopter, two officers hiked to the vehicle and found James inside, alive.
Senegal is preparing to take a large step in the emerging market of African renewable energy with the construction of the 340 million euro Taliba N’diaye Wind Farm.
Almost all of the 46 wind turbines planned for the site have been completed, with the first trickle of totally renewable energy finally flowing into the capital city of Dakar.
Swedish scientists say they have solved one of the challenges of solar energy: how to store the sun’s heat for later use.
The team from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg have designed a liquid molecule made of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that traps and stores the sun’s energy until a catalyst triggers its release as heat when required.
Zero emission vehicles are becoming a reality. After all, Greta Thunberg sailed across the ocean on a sailboat. Besides boats and trains, airplane companies are also vying for the title of being a truly zero emission commercial success. Now California- based ZeroAvia is trying to do just that.
A common bacteria that boosts digestive health can slow—and even reverse—the build-up of a protein associated with Parkinson’s disease, new research suggests.
Building on previous research linking brain function to gut bacteria, this study in a Parkinson’s model of roundworms, identified a probiotic—or so-called “good bacteria”—which prevents the formation of toxic clumps that starve the brain of dopamine, a key chemical that coordinates movement.
Microsoft may have just taken on the most ambitious environmental goals of any corporation to date.
This week, the tech company announced they are now working to be carbon-negative by 2030. Furthermore, they plan to remove all the carbon they have ever emitted into the environment—either directly or by electrical consumption since their founding in 1975—before 2050.
Conservationists are celebrating the success of a mission to save the world’s last remaining “dinosaur trees” from the Australian bushfires.
A farmer in New South Wales was ecstatic on Thursday as rain poured down on his drought-stricken farm. Australia was finally graced with its first significant rainfall after months of drought and wildfires.
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