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Solar Power

Peel-off solar panels could make solar competitive with coal

Ultra-thin solar cells that can be "peeled off" from larger pieces of silicon like delicious fruit roll-ups could be the key to making solar competitive with coal, say researchers at MIT.

Oil

All you need to know about TransCanada’s new plan for Keystone XL

Keystone XL lives! TransCanada announced its next two moves in its fight to get the tar-sands pumping pipeline built, and its strategy now involves splitting the project into two parts.

Election 2012

Watch Republicans try valiantly to be funny by mocking Chevy Volt

Aw, look, they’re trying to make jokes! I’m going to print this right out and hang it on the fridge in a frame that says My First Satire.

Biking

The rules for lady bicyclists, 1895 edition: ‘Don’t be a fright’

Here's a list of 41 "don'ts" for female bicyclists from an 1895 New York newspaper, and they are downright breathtaking in their amazingness.

Critical List: TransCanada reboots KeystoneXL; the most energy-dense battery ever

TransCanada is going to reapply for a Keystone XL permit and wants to start work on the Oklahoma-to-Texas portion of the pipeline. Envia Systems has created the most energy-dense battery ever, which could bring down …

Animals

Giant prehistoric penguins!

Scientists have spent the past 35 years reconstructing a giant penguin fossil from New Zealand, and here’s the first look at their results. Kairuku (Maori for “diver who returns with food”) lived about 25 million …

Climate Change

Climate change is screwing up bird migration

According to UNC Chapel Hill researchers who just crunched 10 years’ worth of data, climate change is throwing bird migration patterns just a tiny bit off-kilter — and that small disruption could have major effects …

Renewable Energy

A battery large enough to power the U.S. would be the size of 2,200 Walmart SuperCenters

Renewables are intermittent, so they'd have to be backed up by about 80 gigawatts worth of batteries.

Fossil Fuels

Alaska is about to get fracked up

Alaska’s been coasting on its stores of easy-access oil, but a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that the state has a motherlode of shale oil and natural gas. You know what means …

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