Category Archives: Energy

Safety problems at a Los Alamos laboratory delay U.S. nuclear warhead testing and production | Science | AAAS

A facility that handles the cores of U.S. nuclear weapons has been mostly closed since 2013 over its inability to control worker safety risks

In mid-2013, four federal nuclear safety experts brought an alarming message to the top official in charge of America’s warhead production: Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s sole site for making and testing a key nuclear bomb part, wasn’t taking needed safety precautions. The lab, they said, was ill-prepared to prevent an accident that could kill lab workers, and potentially others nearby.

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New ‘smart’ fibers curb fires in lithium-ion batteries | Science News

New ‘smart’ fibers curb fires in lithium-ion batteries

Hoverboards and certain cell phones powered by lithium-ion batteries occasionally go up in flames. Scientists now have a new plan for squelching these fires before they flare out of control: incorporating a flame retardant in the battery that’s released if temperatures get too toasty.

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Better batteries charge forward | Science News

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Better batteries charge forward

Everybody wants more juice from their batteries. Smartphones and laptops always need recharging. Electric car drivers must carefully plan their routes to avoid being stranded far from a charging station. Anyone who struggles with a tangle of chargers every night would prefer a battery that can last for weeks or months.

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Climate change could exacerbate economic inequalities in the U.S. | Science News

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Climate change could exacerbate economic inequalities in the U.S.

Climate change may make the rich richer and the poor poorer in the United States.

Counties in the South face a higher risk of economic downturn due to climate change than their northern counterparts, a new computer simulation predicts. Because southern counties generally host poorer populations, the new findings, reported in the June 30 Science, suggest that climate change will worsen existing wealth disparities.

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Follow the sun: Here are the first smart solar panels tracking sunlight | Pionic

Follow the sun: Here are the first smart solar panels tracking sunlight

The next generation of solar systems has arrived. This all-in-one system actually tracks the sun soaring across the sky. Smart!

It gets even smarter, as the system Continue reading Follow the sun: Here are the first smart solar panels tracking sunlight | Pionic

New Solar Paint Transforms Your House Into A Source of Clean Energy | Pionic

Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen — the cleanest source of energy.


The paint contains a newly developed compound that acts like silica gel, which is used in sachets to absorb moisture and keep food, medicines and electronics fresh and dry.

But unlike silica gel, the new material, synthetic molybdenum-sulphide, also acts as a semi-conductor and Continue reading New Solar Paint Transforms Your House Into A Source of Clean Energy | Pionic