Thursday, September 23, 2021

Eric Niiler

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

Utilities have upgraded the infrastructure for rooftop power in richer neighborhoods, but low-income areas don't have the same capacity.If the United States is ever to make a dent in its production of planet-warming carbon emissions, it will have to...

Titan's Strange Chemical World Gets Simulated in Tiny Tubes

A research chemist mixed nitrogen, methane, and other molecules to recreate the conditions that might harbor life on one of Saturn’s moons.The landscape of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is both familiar and super strange. Like Earth, Titan has rivers,...

The Next Big Challenge for Lunar Astronauts? Moon Dust

NASA is trying out sonic waves, electrostatic devices, and extra-slick coatings as ways to repel pesky space dirt.As NASA and private space companies prepare to send equipment—and eventually astronauts—back to the moon, they are facing a nearly invisible threat...

The Cost of Preventing Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat

A new formula measures the “mortality cost of carbon,” and how much would have to be removed from the atmosphere to save a single life. For the past few years, climate economists have employed a concept called the “social cost...

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water for farms, hydroelectric energy, and home users.Across the Western United States, signs of a parched present—and future—are everywhere. From wildfires burning across...

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