The same technologies that will rid the electric grid of fossil fuels could also save it from potential disaster. NOVA Next contributor Veronique Greenwoodreports the story.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
- Left to their own devices, computers create trippy, Surrealist art .
- Charles Darwin thought barnacle penises were the coolest —and for good reason.
- Scientists have given the chestnut a highly protective gene that bananas, cocoa, wheat and barley all share.
- Germany is turning 62 former military bases west of the Iron Curtain into nature reserves. These Cold War remnants may give us hope for saving the continent’s wildlife .
- Nearly half of the microbes in New York City’s subways are undiscovered species .
- Horses have the ability to synchronize their own heartbeat with that of human beings.
- Wild bees are vital to agriculture, but only 2% do most of the work .
- Bob Walsh helped build the Verrazano-Narrow’s bridge. Hear his harrowing tale .
- Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction .
- Gene analysis reveals the evolutionary course of the current Ebola epidemic—fortunately, the virus doesn’t seem to be any more lethal or transmissible than other strains.
- To survive in a harsh environment, these yeti crabs “farm” their own food.
- A London museum has named an organ-mimicking microchip “Design of the Year.” Here’s how it could change the field of medicine .
- Space weather forecasting is still in its infancy .
- “Drug-resistant bacteria mean we’re entering a post-antibiotic world —and it won’t be pretty.”
- Can quantum computing reveal the true meaning of quantum mechanics ?
- Global warming could reverse up to 50 years of public health gains.
- The strength of moon jellies’ muscles help them perpetually self-heal .