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Biofuels Are On the Rise, and A Facility In Canada Is Leading the Way

edmonton waste

In Edmonton, Canada, beyond towers of trash, sits the world’s first waste to biofuels plant. The plant converts everyday waste into energy: the waste is heated to a gaseous state and is then converted into liquid methanol, a chemical that is used in gasoline, windshield wiper fluid and a number of other industrial chemical compounds. According to Oil Price, “The plant will process around 100,000 tonnes of solid waste annually and turn it into 38 million litres of methanol, enough to fuel 400,000 cars.” The process

Watch Snowflakes Form Right Before Your Eyes In This Enchanting Time-Lapse Video

If you went to elementary school in the United States, it’s pretty likely that you made a paper cut-out snowflake at some point. As a kid, these elaborate craft projects didn’t really seem to resemble real snowflakes – until you actually see a real snowflake up close, that is. To the naked eye they may look like little puffs of white powder, but snowflakes actually have very complex and intricate crystalline patterns, a result of the way in which they are formed. As cold

Watch This Guy Go From 0 to 207 MPH In Under 5 Seconds On a Rocket Bicycle (Video)

François Gissy is a bike enthusiast with an insatiable appetite for speed. In May of 2013, the French daredevil set a bike land speed record by reaching a top speed of 163 mph (263km/h) on his rocket-propelled bicycle. Gissy smashed that record this past Friday (Nov. 7), hitting speeds of 207 mph (333 km/h) while dusting a Ferrari 430 during a test run at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France. The most incredible part: he reached that top speed in less than 5

Making A Rocket Thats Shoots 2300 Feet Up Out of Sugar and Kitty Litter (Video)

YouTube science experimenter Grant Thompson (aka: “The King of Random”) recently released an awesome new video that shows you how to make a rocket that is both powerful and cheap. How cheap? About $0.50, according to Grant. That’s because the rocket’s main ingredients, sugar and kitty litter, are both dirt cheap! Check it out in the video below: It’s definitely important to remember to check with your local authorities before setting off any type of rocket, especially in residential areas. Grant drove out to

Lockheed May Have Just Made A HUGE Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion

Earlier today (10/15), Lockheed Martin announced that they had achieved a technological breakthrough that makes it possible to generate energy via nuclear fusion. They also said that their new fusion reactors could be ready in as little as 10 years. Tom McGuire, an aeronautical engineer, leads the project. According to McGuire, Lockheed has been working on the project for about four years in its Skunk Works department (an alias for their classified advanced development department). The project is the culmination of 60 years

This Awesome Video Lets You Experience Chemistry’s Most Mesmerizing Reactions Up Close!

Since so much of chemistry happens faster, slower, or on a much smaller scale than we’re used to, the science is often taken for granted by the average person. But what if we were able to shrink ourselves down to the microscopic level and had the ability to control just how fast or slow a reaction happened? This is what Tsinghua University Press and the University of Science and Technology of China had in mind when they came together to create the

Scientists Just Created A New Material- A Spoonful Can Suck Up All the Oxygen In A Room

Scientists from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have created oxygen-absorbent crystals that can easily and conveniently store and release oxygen at high concentrations. Although humans require oxygen to survive, the air we breath is only 21% oxygen, the other 79% being comprised almost entirely of nitrogen. However, there are plenty of instances where it’s necessary to have oxygen available in considerably higher concentrations, such as lung patients with oxygen machines and fuel

Finally, A Solar Panel That You Can Actually See Through!

A close up of the solar concentrator (Photo: Yimu Zhao)

Solar power technology has been advancing rapidly in recent years. The rapidly decreasing cost and increasing efficiency of solar power has set off a solar revolution worldwide. Germany, which is currently using solar to produce 50% of its total energy, has led the charge, along with the rest of Europe. Other countries, like India, have made the expansion of solar infrastructure a primary focus. Now, there’s a new advancement which could end up being the tipping point in the solar revolution: a

Why Ultra-Pure Water Is Actually Bad for Your Health (Video)

We tend to imagine that purity is the ultimate indicator of the quality of water. So why is 100%, ultra-pure water not good for us? Well the simple answer is that water (H20) purely comprised of hydrogen and oxygen doesn’t provide our body with the natural electrolytes and salts we need to survive. There is no such thing as truly pure water in the natural world. Even water in the purest springs and lakes contains small amounts of dissolved minerals such as sodium, chloride,

The Revolutionary New Propulsion Engine That Even Scientists Didn’t Believe Was Possible

Roger Shawyer is one of the most persistent and driven individuals in the world. For years, he has been working on a new type of propulsion engine that could theoretically run forever without needing any fuel. He calls his device the EmDrive. The engine works by bouncing around microwave radiation in a small space to produce thrust, rather than burning a propellant fuel. The microwaves are produced by solar power which is generated from panels on the outside of the engine.

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