Posts Tagged: energy
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Cow Backpacks That Collect 300 Liters of Cow Fart Gas Each Day

Researchers put plastic backpacks on cows, then inserted tubes into their rumens (their biggest digestive tract). They extracted the methane–about 300 liters a day. That's enough to run a car, or a fridge for 24 hours. [Fast Company]

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Today Could Be Weird

Sun-flare energy from Tuesday's "biggest solar storm in five years" is apparently hitting the planet as we speak, meaning there might be GPS wackiness, unexpected auroras, and wild power surges. ("Power grid operators have all been alerted," says a space-weather scientist (!). "It could start to cause some unwanted induced currents.") Or the whole thing could pass us by undetected. But, a brief quiz.

1. Which is better? a. "The storm is expected to create strong disruptions due to an odd combination of intense magnetic, radio and radiation emissions." b. "The storm is expected to create strong disruptions due to an odd combination of intense magnetic, radio and [...]

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What the Frack?

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote a short and very readable piece about fracking in the latest New Yorker in case you're still wondering what it is and how you should feel about it.