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Need for nuclear option explained, with toasters

If renewable energy is on the rise in America, why should we even bother with nuclear power? Seattle tech maverick Nathan Myhrvold, who’s backing a next-generation nuclear venture called TerraPower, explains the rationale in terms of toasters. Myhrvold lays out … Continue reading

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Obama touts clean energy in Science

In the closing days of his White House term, President Barack Obama argues that the push toward renewable energy is unstoppable, and that it’s a valid strategy for economic growth. The substance of Obama’s argument isn’t as surprising as where it … Continue reading

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Elon Musk touts power-generating solar roofs

The bad news is that SolarCity, the power-generating company that has Elon Musk as its chairman, is losing money. The good news is that it’ll be rolling out a new product: a roof with built-in solar arrays. “It’s not a ‘thing’ on … Continue reading

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Boeing designs solar plane that could fly forever

Aerospace companies have been trying for years to create a solar-powered plane that can fly at high altitudes for years at a time, and now Boeing has come up with an unorthodox design that just might work. If it does … Continue reading

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Microsoft pushes harder for clean-energy cloud

REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft is kicking up its targets for environmentally sustainable cloud computing by pledging that half of the electricity to power its data centers will come from renewable sources by 2018. The bar will be raised to 60 percent for … Continue reading

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$50M contest sparks buzz over electric vehicles

The winner of the $50 million Smart City Challenge won’t be announced until next month, but the organizers have already picked at least one winning technology for transforming transportation and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions: electric vehicles. Switching over to electric vehicles … Continue reading

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Fusion ‘pretzel’ fires up first hydrogen plasma

Hydrogen plasma was produced for the first time on Feb. 3 in Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X fusion device, which has been called the “reactor designed in hell” as well as the“pretzel that could save Planet Earth.” The Wendelstein 7-X was built at … Continue reading

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