Posts Tagged: energy

What is Dark Matter?

What is Dark Matter?

We live in on planet Earth, where the atmosphere is made of elements such as nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide and where its inhabitants, like us and all living things we see, are composed of mostly carbon-based compounds. Earth is, in turn, situated within a Solar System, where other rocky and gaseous planets rotate around… Read more

Converting Seawater to Fuel

Converting Seawater to Fuel

Hydrogen is an alternative fuel which can be synthesized from various domestic resources. Highly abundant in the environment, hydrogen is stored in water, hydrocarbons, and other organic compounds. Interest in hydrogen as a substitution for conventional fossil fuels spurs from its ability to produce zero emissions when burned with oxygen. However, challenges of using hydrogen… Read more

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Researchers are investigating alternative sources of energy to replace conventional fossil fuels. One highly-talked about method is the creation of artificial photosynthetic systems. Similar to how plants use sunlight to produce carbohydrates, these processes use sunlight to synthesize renewable energy and chemical products usually made from fossil fuels and plastics. Kesley Sakimoto Ph.D and Peidong… Read more

The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar energy is a growing source of renewable energy in the United States. Since 2008, installations of solar photovoltaic devices have increased from 1.2 gigawatts to approximately 30 gigawatts, generating enough energy to power 5.7 million American homes. Additionally, costs for solar photovoltaic technology have decreased, allowing it to become an affordable and accessible alternative… Read more

A Breath of Fresh Air? Carbon Scrubbing’s Controversy

A Breath of Fresh Air? Carbon Scrubbing’s Controversy

The Climeworks AG facility, just outside of Zurich, Switzerland, established itself as a front runner in the fight against carbon emissions: it is the first plant to capture, then sell, carbon dioxide from the air. While not efficient, the developers believe that, despite copious skepticism and doubt, that “air capture” technology can effectively remove 1%… Read more

Fire ice, a possible breakthrough in fuels

Fire ice, a possible breakthrough in fuels

The first Industrial Revolution, that took place nearly 150 years ago, introduced to humanity coal as a basic form of energy. And while the global economic landscape started to change, many other types of fuels started to emerge. As time went by, cleaner and renewable sources of energy were introduced as well as we realized… Read more

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

In the midst of the current political environment surrounding Trump’s presidency, the population of climate change deniers has been given unmerited attention. Those knowledgeable of the increases in Earth’s temperature have been struggling with the idea that someone—let alone an enormous crowd and the very president of our nation—could deny it in spite of clear, sufficient evidence. … Read more

Re-energizing our Mitochondria

Re-energizing our Mitochondria

The famous mitochondrion, often referred to as the power house of the cell, is responsible for converting glucose into ATP (Adenosine triphosphate). Both eukaryotic and bacterial cells use ATP as energy currency. Because it possesses its own DNA and mitochondrial proteins, it is believed that about 2 billion years ago the mitochondria was a free… Read more

Clean Energy from Your Garden

Clean Energy from Your Garden

As society searches for energy sources cleaner than fossil fuels, hydrogen is being investigated as a potential energy carrier. Hydrogen contains high amounts of energy and does not release greenhouse emissions during combustion. However, sustainable hydrogen is only produced through the raw material of biomass. Researchers at Cardiff University have recently devised a method of producing hydrogen… Read more