‘We were blown away’ – researchers eliminate obstacle to fusion energy

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Fusion powers the sun, and if we could harness it here on Earth, we could obtain unlimited clean energy. Scientists have been working on that aim for years, and now researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Texas A&M University just made a huge leap forwards – by figuring out what to do with a byproduct of the process, helium, which weakens the materials comprising a fusion reactor. In nanocomposite solids, helium doesn’t form into destructive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



7 global megatrends that could beat climate change

Is it too late for us to avert disastrous impacts of global warming? Maybe not, thanks to seven large-scale megatrends changing the way we live. The Guardian’s environment editor Damian Carrington laid out trends that could turn the tide: renewable energy, electric cars, plant-based meat, energy efficiency, batteries, coal dying, and forests. It’s clear we haven’t yet won the battle – but there could be reason to hope.

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Hidden passageway discovered at ancient Mayan ruins

Researchers at Chichen Itza, the large Mayan city founded over 1,400 years ago on the Yucatan Peninsula, have discovered a new secret passage that is believed to be connected to an underground cave, known as a cenote, at the Temple of Kukulkan. The discovery was made by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda and his team of researchers from the Great Mayan Aquifer Project, who used advanced imaging techniques to uncover the hidden passageway. Water-filled cenotes were sometimes used in Mayan… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building