Japan’s Monsoon Greenhouse

Tomatoes being grown inside the Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System
Tomatoes being grown inside the Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System
Panasonic

Panasonic is involved in a project on the island of Ishigaki, southwest of Okinawa, to seek ways to grow vegetables in subtropical monsoon conditions. Part of the Japanese government’s Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System (PFS) Consortium, the goal is to create a stable local supply of produce despite the climate. read more

The Slowest Earthquake ever Found

Ancient coral structures called microatolls preserve geological history, and now some in Indonesia have told the tale of a record-breaking 32-year earthquake
Ancient coral structures called microatolls preserve geological history, and now some in Indonesia have told the tale of a record-breaking 32-year earthquake
R. van Woesik, Y. Golbuu and G. Roff/CC BY-SA 4.0

Most earthquakes last seconds to minutes, but others will rumble along slowly for days, weeks or even months, at low frequencies that may not be felt at the surface. Now, researchers in Singapore have discovered the slowest earthquake ever found, which lasted 32 years. read more

Transparent Solar Cells

A new study has found that crops can grow in greenhouses with built-in transparent solar cells
A new study has found that crops can grow in greenhouses with built-in transparent solar cells

Advances in transparent solar cells mean that soon we might be able to install them into windows and greenhouses. But in the latter case, would they deprive plants of vital sunlight? To find out, researchers at North Carolina State University grew lettuce under various wavelengths of light, and found that the plants did just fine. read more

Cold doesn’t bother You – You’re a Genetic Mutant

One in five people are thought to carry a mutation that is linked to better tolerance to the cold
One in five people are thought to carry a mutation that is linked to better tolerance to the cold

New research has found one in five people have a specific genetic mutation that confers greater resilience to cold temperatures. The experimental study shows how people with a deficiency in generating a certain skeletal muscle protein shiver less and hold a higher core temperature in cold environments. read more

Video Podcast – No More Global Warming – Coming to a Stratosphere Near You – Gas Prices

This hasn’t gotten a lot of press. It’s about Bill Gates. No, not concerning vaccines and control of population growth.

Gates, like other insanely wealthy people, is bored. So he/they, like we all do, feel he needs a purpose. His purpose is saving the planet … from us … the little people.

So Gates has teamed up with Harvard University, of course, to save the world from Climate Change – global warming.

Here’s the plan. The plan is to release reflective particles into our atmosphere to reflect the sun’s warming rays and voila – cool the planet.

BRILLIANT! read more

Powerpaste Hydrogen Goop

This sludgy gray goop is a clean, high-density, safe and easily transportable hydrogen energy fuel called Powerpaste
This sludgy gray goop is a clean, high-density, safe and easily transportable hydrogen energy fuel called Powerpaste
Fraunhofer IFAM

Fraunhofer researchers have presented a magnesium-based “Powerpaste” that stores hydrogen energy at 10 times the density of a lithium battery, offering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles the ability to travel further than gasoline-powered ones, and refuel in minutes.

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Video Podcast – Confusion over Canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline

by: Brent Smith

No one likes an energy crunch more than me I’ll tell. When I pull up to the pump and see premium gas, which is what I have to use, for like $2.70 a gallon and regular for like $2.20 or maybe even less, I get really upset.

Long gone are those happy days of $4 plus a gallon of gas. Those were the good ole days I’ll tell ya.

Then Trump screwed it all up. Fixing the economy, record jobs for literally every one. And cheap oil and gas. That bastard!

Something needed to be done about it.

But Joe Biden to the rescue. He’ll set things back to the way it’s supposed to be. So on day 1, he signs an executive order, one of 27, to cancel that damn Keystone XL pipeline. Oh and he’s also planning on decommissioning several more currently operating pipelines just in case canceling the Keystone XL doesn’t drive up gas and oil prices quickly enough. read more

The New RKS Purpose Trailer

Enjoying a sunny afternoon with the RKS Purpose camping trailer
Enjoying a sunny afternoon with the RKS Purpose camping trailer
RKS Off-Road

With a pop-up that looks like a chimney and a bimini-topped party deck, the roof of the short, stout Purpose Trailer from California’s RKS Off-Road is unlike any other you’re likely to see at the campground. In fact, it holds up to 1,000 lb (454 kg) so that a campsite of friends can chill out during the day for better views, with a pair sticking around at night to camp in the deployable tent. The hybrid caravan/teardrop-style interior has standing height where you need it, lying height where you don’t.

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Old Cooking Oil Makes BioDiesel?

A closeup view of the micron-sized sponge
A closeup view of the micron-sized sponge
RMIT University

Scientists at Australia’s RMIT have developed a tiny sponge with big potential, and say the micron-sized material can be used to convert discarded cooking oil into biodiesel in a very cost-effective manner. And the catalyst is no one-trick pony, with the ability to also turn other waste products into valuable building blocks for a range of materials. read more

An Honest Environmentalist Speaks Out

from the Daily Wire:

SHELLENBERGER: On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a news conference to introduce legislation to transform public housing as part of their Green New Deal proposal outside the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. The liberal legislators invited affordable housing advocates and climate change activists to join them for the announcement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.

I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.

But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public. read more