Solucar energy puts forth innovative power-plant

NPR did a story on Europe’s first solar thermal power plant, the PS-10, outside Seville, Spain. Over 600 mirrors concentrate sunlight onto a tower in the center of the plant. Heat from the sunlight turns water into steam that turns a turbine, creating enough power for roughly 6,000 houses. The project is expanding, and by … Continue reading

Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation

In an excellent move by the American Library of Congress, a former storage facility for U.S. currency in reserve for the aftermath of a nuclear war has been transformed to store the Library’s 6-million+ item audio/visual collection. Currently housed in four states and Washington, DC, the material consists of everything from delicate early-film reels and … Continue reading

ITER fusion power

NPR, this week, released a story about a project in Southern France that is attempting to create a working fusion reactor. The Project, ITER or International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, is a joint project of EURATOM, Japan, China, India, Korea, Russia and the USA. Fusion reactions have the potential to provide limitless, green power with almost … Continue reading

On the Beach in the arctic north

This article was originally published on here on AttiCusInk, but has been migrated to my Newsvine column. On the Beach was one of the few mandatory books I read in high school. As Nevil Shute’s radioactive, WWIII cloud crept towards Melbourne I felt, for the first time, the tension of imagining death as a real … Continue reading

No more than a theory

This article was originally published on here on AttiCusInk, but has been migrated to my Newsvine column. In February, 2006, MEP Caroline Lucas asked Andris Piebalgs about the European Commission’s strategy for dealing with peak oil production. Piebalgs responded by saying that peak oil production constitutes “no more than a theory” and stated that the … Continue reading