From the page: "The Red Wolf is classified as "Critically Endangered" by the IUCN's Red List of Endangered Species, with two out of three sub-species already extinct and only 90 to 100 individuals left in the third. To say that it is on the brink of extinction and needs protection is almost an understatement."
From the page: "Getting the most out of solar panels might seem easy, but it isn't. Common sense tells us that pointing them south (in the Northern hemisphere) will lead to the best performance, but according to a new study, they actually do better when pointed west because peak demand on the power grid is in the afternoon and evening, and so getting more solar power during that period is actually more useful at reducing the need for polluting sources of energy."
From the page: "When you create a law to regulate something, there's always the danger that people will drive a truck through the loopholes, adhering to the letter of the law but not its spirit. When we wrote about Costa Rica banning shark finning last year, we couldn't have known what would happen..."
First hand account of a Tesla accident.
From the page: "Asteroid Named For Iain Banks"
Love these little blue guys!
Awesome! Gotta love clever thinking like that.
Whoa! I hope this never actually happens to me.
These days when we think of eye-watering, lung-blackening smog, it's usually Chinese cities that come to mind. Air quality was so bad there that during the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, a significant fraction of the country's power generation, industrial production, and transport sector was shut down to allow athletes to breathe half-decent air and perform well.
Concentrating the sun's ray onto solar photovoltaic (PV) modules requires walking the fine line between optimizing power output and not literally melting your very expensive super-high-efficiency solar cells. A team led by IBM Research seems to have found a way to push back the line. They have created a High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns onto hundreds of triple junction photovoltaic chips measuring a single square centimeter each (they even claim to be able to keep temperatures safe up to 5,000x). The trick is that each solar PV cell is cooled using technology developed for supercomputers; microchannels only a few tens of micrometers in width pipe liquid coolant in and extract heat "10 times more effective than with passive air cooling."
This edition features the Octopus equivalent of Harry Houdini, famous for his daring escape acts (see the photo below). I would have expected octopuses to be very flexible, but but this is more like fitting a camel through the eye of a needle. Impressive that all its internal organs are this maleable.
The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), which is part of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), maintains a chart that shows efficiency records for all kinds of research solar technologies, from more vanilla to very exotic flavors (thin-film, single-junction cells, multi-junction cells, organic cells, quantum dot cells, etc). Above is the latest version as of April 2013.
How do you make the Mercedes B-Class better? You make it electric, of course.
From the page: "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 4 new graduates that will make life harder for wildlife smugglers. Their names are Viper, Butter, Lancer and Locket. Yes, they are dogs trained in the first 13-week "wildlife detector dogs" program that teaches to detect the smells of things like elephant ivory or rhino horns. They'll be operating at ports, airports, even FedEx and UPS centers."