Electricity, lighting, clean cooking and heating, smartphones, electrified transportation for the bottom 1 to 3 billion is possible in 10-20 years

The IEA projects that under business as usual close to 1 billion people will still be without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people will still lack access to clean cooking facilities in 2030. The IEA estimates that total investment of nearly $1 trillion ($979 billion) would be required to achieve universal energy access by …

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Spacex Grasshopper flew 250 meters into the air on a windy day

SpaceX’s Grasshopper flew 250 meters (820 feet) straight up, tripling the height flown on its previous leap. The video provides a great overhead view from SpaceX’s hexacopter. Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle that SpaceX has designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. Spacex …

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European Space Agency has 2018 mission to probe ice on the moon

By 2018 a mission which includes British technology hopes to have landed a robot probe on the surface of the Moon to find out if it has ice present under the surface. Finding ice would upend scientific orthodoxy and the results of previous lunar missions, which suggested that the Moon was dry. The £500 million …

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European Space Agency has 2018 mission to probe ice on the moon

By 2018 a mission which includes British technology hopes to have landed a robot probe on the surface of the Moon to find out if it has ice present under the surface. Finding ice would upend scientific orthodoxy and the results of previous lunar missions, which suggested that the Moon was dry. The £500 million …

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Tighter crystals means better graphene

Similar to how tighter stiches make for a better quality quilt, the “stitching” between individual crystals of graphene affects how well these carbon monolayers conduct electricity and retain their strength, Cornell researchers report. The quality of this “stitching” — the boundaries at which graphene crystals grow together and form sheets — is just as important …

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Tighter crystals means better graphene

Similar to how tighter stiches make for a better quality quilt, the “stitching” between individual crystals of graphene affects how well these carbon monolayers conduct electricity and retain their strength, Cornell researchers report. The quality of this “stitching” — the boundaries at which graphene crystals grow together and form sheets — is just as important …

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