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Offshore Wind Farms Might Save Us From Hurricanes

Offshore Wind Farms Might Save Us From Hurricanes

In the matchup of wind turbine v. hurricane, our bets have traditionally been with the hurricane. But think about it this way: wind turbines are designed to suck energy out of wind. What if they could suck out so much energy that hurricanes like Katrina or Sandy never form in the first place—with the potentially destructive storm instead spun directly into electricity? That’s the win-win situation posited in a new study from Stanford and University of Delaware researchers.

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The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

From microscopic coral to massive planets, the natural world is full of beauty on a scale that can only be seen with the aid of a microscopic or a telescope. Announced today, the winners of the 11th annual International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge—sponsored by the journal Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation—zoom into microscopic scales and zoom out onto planetary scales.

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Wind Mobile launching unlimited US roaming for $15 per month

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Small carrier tries to make a splash with a deal that includes unlimited data

In a very consumer-friendly move, Wind Mobile will begin offering unlimited roaming in the U.S. for just $15 additional per month starting February 3rd. Adding this roaming package gives you unlimited talk and text but also data in the U.S., a pretty big deal for anyone who travels with any frequency and has been hit with big roaming bills. Even with this additional $15 add-on, Wind’s plans will still be very competitively priced to the other carriers.

Wind has a small customer base and is often struggling to make itself relevant as the fourth-place carrier in Canada, so this may just be a good bump to pick up some additional subscribers. And given the relatively small number of roaming deals currently available from Canadian and U.S. carriers alike, we always want to see at least one making a step in this direction.

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How Wind and Dust Are Spreading a Deadly Fungal Disease

How Wind and Dust Are Spreading a Deadly Fungal Disease

Called the “silent epidemic,” a little-known fungal disease called valley fever has become ten times more common in the past decade. Its fungal spores are being spread by dust storms in the American Southwest. Exactly why valley fever suddenly increased has nagged at public health officials, but a piece in The New Yorker suggests something quite prosaic is partially responsible—construction.

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Less cash, more CO2: What’s the future of clean energy?

According to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global investment in clean energy is down 14% from last quarter, and down 20% from a year ago. And yet, in 2012, we saw the second-highest rise in CO2 emissions on record. Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank predicts a 67% energy rise from the Asia Pacific region, and coal is…

    



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DIY Wind-Powered Car

A Chinese farmer took about three months and $1600(USD) to build this rather unusual electric vehicle which harvests its energy from wind and stores it for up to 87 miles per charge.

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