For Human Settlements on Mars, Solar Power May Beat Nuclear Energy

[ad_1] This artist’s concept depicts astronauts and human habitats on Mars. Credit: NASA Photovoltaics may be more practical for long stays on Mars thanks to today’s light, flexible solar panels. According to new research by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, the high efficiency, lightweight, and flexibility of the current solar cell technology means […]

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Solar and Wind Farms Cover Fields That Were Abandoned After Nuclear Accident

[ad_1] By Adam Voiland, NASA Earth Observatory April 15, 2022 Solar and wind farms now cover fields that were abandoned after the nuclear accident in 2011. In 2011, an earthquake and tsunami damaged nuclear reactors and released radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Japan. More than a decade later, the […]

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Importing Canadian Energy To Drastically Reduce Carbon Emissions

[ad_1] By Nancy W. Stauffer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology April 12, 2022 One of Hydro-Quebec’s hydroelectric generating stations. Credit: Hydro-Quebec Power flowing both ways across the Canada–U.S. border offers a pathway to clean electricity in 2050. The urgent need to cut carbon emissions has prompted a growing number of U.S. states to commit to achieving […]

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Using Science and Technology To Address the World’s Most Pressing Issues

[ad_1] From nuclear proliferation to climate change, Richard K. Lester taps research talent to map a path toward a sustainable planet. Looking back on nearly a half-century at MIT, Richard K. Lester, associate provost and Japan Steel Industry Professor, sees a “somewhat eccentric professional trajectory.” But while his path has been irregular, there has been […]

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