Environment

Battery startup taps carbon in race to replace lithium-ion cells

Battery startup taps carbon in race to replace lithium-ion cells

Published 16/10/2017

In an auto industry race to develop electric vehicle batteries that charge faster and are cheaper and safer than lithium-ion cells, startup Zap&Go will do all that with its carbon-ion alternative 'within a few years', a company executive said. [more…]

Thunder and lightning: scientists pair gravitational waves, light

Thunder and lightning: scientists pair gravitational waves, light

Published 16/10/2017

Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time paired the detection of gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, with light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday. [more…]

Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist

Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist

Published 14/10/2017

The impoverished family of Australia's most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention of a philanthropist. [more…]

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Published 13/10/2017

At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday. [more…]

Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

Published 13/10/2017

Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation. [more…]

Italy`s Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives

Italy`s Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives

Published 12/10/2017

Italy's Gucci will stop using fur in its designs from next year, joining a growing number of fashion houses looking at alternatives after coming under pressure from animal rights activists and changing consumer tastes. [more…]

Swiss flushing away millions in gold and silver every year

Swiss flushing away millions in gold and silver every year

Published 12/10/2017

While London's sewers can get clogged with fatbergs made up of grease and diapers, it seems Switzerland's waste system is flecked with silver and gold. [more…]

Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

Published 09/10/2017

The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia's tropical north to its southern shores, a grueling 3,000 km (1,864 mile) race through the outback. [more…]

Stirred by same-sex marriage vote, Australia`s youth gets serious

Stirred by same-sex marriage vote, Australia`s youth gets serious

Published 06/10/2017

It was supposed to relieve a headache for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but a postal vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage has awakened interest in politics among young voters who could ultimately turf him out of office. [more…]