Technology

To build for a warming planet, architects look to nature – and the past

Fifteen years ago, Kyle Isacksen and his wife, Katy Chandler, lived in what most people in their home city of Reno, Nevada, would ...

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To Fight Severe Drought, China Is Turning to Technology

ON A GRASSY plateau overlooking a valley in central China, two officials stood by as a small, thin rocket blasted off from the re...

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Ants can be better than pesticides for growing healthy crops, study finds

pests, reducing plant damage and increasing crop yields, according to the first systematic review of ants’ contributions to crop...

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Panama Canal grapples with climate change threat

Global warming and changing weather patterns are affecting the water supply for one of the world's most important waterways, the P...

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More Energy on Less Land: The Drive to Shrink Solar’s Footprint

With the push for renewables leading to land-use conflicts, building highly efficient utility-scale solar farms on ever-smaller tr...

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‘Incredibly promising’: the bubble barrier extracting plastic from a Dutch river

Five years ago, Claar-els van Delft began to suspect that plastic waste on the beach at Katwijk in the Netherlands did not come ...

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A ‘graphite battery’ in Wodonga will be Australia’s first commercial thermal energy storage

When Finland recently unveiled the world's first "sand battery", there was speculation that Australian manufacturers would soon be...

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Blowhole wave energy generator exceeds expectations in 12-month test

A 200-kW test platform was installed last year off King Island, facing the notoriously rough seas of Bass Strait, which separates...

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How sustainable are fake meats?

If you’re an environmentally aware meat-eater, you probably carry at least a little guilt to the dinner table. The meat on our p...

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In a Twist, Old Coal Plants Help Deliver Renewable Power. Here’s How.

Across the country, aging and defunct coal-burning power plants are getting new lives as solar, battery and other renewable energy...

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Climate change: ‘Sand battery’ could solve green energy’s big problem

Finnish researchers have installed the world's first fully working "sand battery" which can store green power for months at a time...

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The wonder material graphene may have found its killer app

Close to where the college rowing teams of Britain’s second-oldest university practise their strokes along the River Cam, a grey...

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