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After years of searching, scientists can finally account for all the normal matter in the universe
23 September 2018 - Astronomers using a powerful quasar to study an enormous invisible tendril full of superheated gas say they may have finally discovered the universe's 'missing' detectable matter. The findings, published Wednesday (20 June) in the journal Nature, solve a decades-old mystery and could help scientists further probe the structure and evolution of the cosmos. (more)

We just found the missing matter In the Universe, and still need dark matter
23 September 2018 - For over 40 years, scientists have argued over dark matter's existence. From their gravity, we can infer the total mass in the Universe. Yet multiple sources indicate that only 15 percent of that mass can be baryonic: made of normal matter. Many nevertheless wondered: could normal matter be hiding -- and gravitating -- entirely without dark matter? Scientists set out to measure all the normal matter in the Universe, including stars, planets, gas, dust, and more. ... Missing normal matter was theorized: the warm-hot intergalactic medium (WHIM). (more)

Bolivia opens its largest solar farm
22 September 2018 - Bolivian President Evo Morales unveiled the country's latest and largest renewable energy project on Saturday (8 September), a 180-hectare solar panel plant in the southern city of Potosi. The Uyuni Photovoltaic Solar Plant has the capacity to generate 60 MW of power, sufficient for the needs of 880,000 people, half of the population in the Potosi region. (more)

Antigua and Barbuda to have new solar power + energy storage installation
22 September 2018 - Antigua and Barbuda are moving forward with a joint solar power and energy installation. The clean energy provider PV Energy Limited is working with the local government on the project. Mr. Karprit Virdee, Director of PV Energy, answered some questions about it for CleanTechnica. (more)

The most promising renewable trends for electric vehicles
22 September 2018 - Electric vehicles (EVs) are slowly but surely gaining momentum in the energy industry, offering low or zero-carbon transport that industry members say will populate our roads in only a few years. But what are the most promising renewable trends for electric vehicles? (more)

China: Rooftop solar power expands in Zhejiang
22 September 2018 - The Zhejiang Province in east China is leading the way in domestic solar systems, subsidizing the installation of rooftop systems on residential houses as part of wider efforts to cut the country's emissions and introduce cleaner energy sources to the mix. (more)

US: Los Angeles Lakers harness solar power on training facility
22 September 2018 - The Los Angeles Lakers [an American professional basketball team] have set up a new 171 kW LG solar installation on their headquarters at the UCLA Health Training Center [University of California, Los Angeles], a project expected to provide the site with 245,000 kWh of electricity each year. The system ... is predicted to save the facility around $38,000 each year ... which [California firm Vaha Energy] says would pay back installation costs in four years. (more)

Plum marmalade from the heart: Hungarian grandmas' way of charity
21 September 2018 - The secret of the best plum marmalade is in the heart, according to a group of Hungarian grandmothers who gather each September to cook huge pots of it to raise money for the poorest families in their village. Zsuzsanna Nagy, 65, started the charity project after winning two plum marmalade contests in her village of Bordany in southern Hungary. (more)

NASA satellite launched to measure Earth's ice changes
21 September 2018 - A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday (15 September). NASA Earth Science Division director Michael Freilich says that the mission in particular will advance knowledge of how the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contribute to sea level rise. ... In addition to ice, the satellite's other measurements, such as the tops of trees, snow, and river heights, may help with research into the amount of carbon stored in forests, flood and drought planning, and wildfire behavior, among other uses. (more)

Organic agriculture in Bulgaria is growing rapidly
20 September 2018 - Bulgaria has a small but rapidly growing organic sector. The converted or under conversion agricultural area has more than tripled in two years to reach 161,000 hectares in 2016 -- of which 89,000 hectares arable land and 33,000 hectares permanent crops. The number of organic producers has almost doubled in the same period, reaching 7,000 holdings. (more)

More evidence exercise may be good for your mood
20 September 2018 - People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, a U.S. study suggests. That may be true even when the exercise involves doing household chores, researchers found. (more)

US: Harvest of Ideas forum to explore how Univ of Wisconsin-Madison can support organic agriculture in Wisconsin and beyond
20 September 2018 - Agricultural researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and members of Wisconsin's agricultural community are invited to attend the upcoming Harvest of Ideas forum to explore how the UW-Madison can best leverage its strengths to contribute to the advance of organic agriculture locally, nationally, and globally through the university's education, research, and outreach activities. (more)

Eat, pray, farm: U.S. churches turn faith lands into food
19 September 2018 - Across the United States, more than 200 faith groups are members of an emerging Christian Food Movement, which promotes more sustainable food systems by growing their own crops, bringing idle land into use, and feeding the poor and hungry. (more)

Agrovoltaics: a solar-powered safety net for Massachusetts farmers
18 September 2018 - The long-term, steady income of solar power complements the higher revenue, but harder work of traditional farming. The Massachusetts SMART program looks to increase this trend with 'agrovoltaic' incentives for solar co-located with crops. (more)

Solar power helping with Puerto Rico's energy problems
18 September 2018 - A group in Puerto Rico is working to make residents less energy dependent after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island's electrical grid one year ago. When Puerto Rico suffered an island-wide blackout after the storm, a solar-powered building in Adjuntas became a lifeline for many. People came to Casa Pueblo to charge their phones and medical equipment. The nonprofit organization, which is located in a mountainous town about two hours west of San Juan, still had electricity. (more)

The 52 Places Traveler: In Lucerne, kindness trumps the (stunning) views
18 September 2018 - Lucerne, Switzerland, is best known -- rightly so -- for its mountains, lake, and views. What sticks with me [New York Times travel writer Jada Yuan] most, though, is the pervasive sense of hospitality and human kindness I found there. (more)

In Pakistan, a high mountain water pipe brings a bonus: peace
17 September 2018 - When a pipeline was installed last year to bring spring water and snowmelt to the village [Siksa, Pakistan] of 500 households in northern Pakistan, it brought something else as well: peace. The pipeline, sunk three feet into the ground, uses gravity to carry water six kilometres (3.7 miles) from the heights of the Karakoram Mountains in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan's northern-most region. A reliable supply of water also has allowed villagers for the first time in year to sell a surplus of vegetables grown in the nearby market towns of Khaplu and Skardu ... (more)

He served 3.6 million free meals after Hurricane Maria. Now he's feeding people hit by Florence
17 September 2018 - When disaster strikes, the Red Cross and the National Guard are always there to help. And these days, so is Jose Andres. The renowned chef, equipped with a team of cooks and volunteers and a ton of food, is feeding people in the Carolinas who were hit by Hurricane Florence. Andres and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen team arrived in North Carolina a week ago -- days before the storm arrived . . . The team served more than 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Maria and stayed on the island through an entire year to make sure people weren't left hungry. (more)

Why Uganda is the 'world's fittest country'
15 September 2018 - Uganda is the most physically active nation in the world, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization. The BBC's Patience Atuhaire went to find out why. The study, tracking the level of physical activity around the world, found that only 5.5 per cent of Ugandans had an insufficient level of activity. Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, and Togo too are also doing quite well. (more)

Koreas open 1st liaison office for better communication
14 September 2018 - The rival Koreas on Friday [14 September] opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders' summit in Pyongyang next week. The office's opening in the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the latest in a series of reconciliatory steps the Koreas have taken this year. The office is the first of its kind since the Koreas were divided at the end of World War II in 1945. (more)

Organic farming methods favors pollinators
14 September 2018 - Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. An extensive 3-year study from Lund University in Sweden has found that organic farming methods can contribute to halting the pollinator decline. This beneficial effect is due to both the absence of insecticides and a higher provision of flower resources. (more)

U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero
14 September 2018 - When the chairman of Indian conglomerate Mahindra announced on stage at a climate summit in San Francisco that his $20 billion multinational would slash its greenhouse gas emissions to zero, it came as a surprise --- even to the company's chief sustainability officer. ... At a summit -- which aims to give momentum to the fight by cities, regions and businesses against climate change -- there is an increasing buzz about efforts to fully eliminate -- or offset -- emissions. (more)

U.S. climate summit ends with California promising satellite carbon monitoring
14 September 2018 - After a week in which cities and companies announced plans to speed action on global warming, a San Francisco climate summit ended Friday (14 September) with host California promising to launch its own satellite to track major emissions sources. Company executives unveiled expanded plans to reduced climate-changing emissions, and mayors and governors committed to abandon coal and champion clean energy, she [Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan state governor] told 4,500 delegates to the summit. (more)

From space stations to factories: Five interesting ways that solar power is being harnessed
13 September 2018 - Solar power is becoming an increasingly important part of the planet's energy mix. In 2016, for example, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by 50 percent globally, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA also noted that, for the first time, solar PV additions grew faster than any other fuel. This article looks at five interesting ways solar power is being used around the world. (more)

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