A solar-powered system can turn salt water into fresh drinking water for 25,000 people per day. It could help address the world’s looming water crisis.
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A solar-powered system can turn salt water into fresh drinking water for 25,000 people per day. It could help address the world’s looming water crisis.

People have been trying to turn seawater into drinking water for thousands of years, but the process is not usually energy-efficient or affordable. At a newly constructed facility in Kenya, however, a nonprofit called GivePower is tackling that challenge using solar power. The desalination system, which started operating in the coastal area of Kiunga in…

Scientists Trying to Understand No-Name Fault That Caused Largest Ridgecrest Earthquake
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Scientists Trying to Understand No-Name Fault That Caused Largest Ridgecrest Earthquake

Ridgecrest, California, residents inspect a recent fault rupture following two large earthquakes in the area on July 7, 2019.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)The July 5 earthquake was the biggest to hit Southern California in 20 years.Scientists didn’t know the fault the existed before the quake.Researchers have installed 25 seismic sensors to study aftershocks in the region.Scientists had…

Newfound superconductor material could be the ‘silicon of quantum computers’
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Newfound superconductor material could be the ‘silicon of quantum computers’

We have already found lots of superconductors, but this whimsical illustration shows why one superconductor’s newfound properties may make it especially useful. Most known superconductors are spin singlets, found on the island to the left. Uranium ditelluride, however, is a rare spin triplet, found on the island to the right, and also exists at the…

Hotly debated carbon ring allotrope reveals its structure
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Hotly debated carbon ring allotrope reveals its structure

Cyclo[18]carbon. Artistic representation of AFM data of a cyclo[18]carbon molecule, with the determined molecular structure fading in. Credit: IBM Research Bonding matters. It explains the difference between diamond and pencil lead (graphite) – both pure carbon – but one has each carbon bonded to another four carbons, while the layers of graphite have carbons bonded…

This “virtual power plant” made of solar and batteries means Oakland can stop burning jet fuel
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This “virtual power plant” made of solar and batteries means Oakland can stop burning jet fuel

When the demand for electricity surges in Oakland, California, a power plant burning jet fuel switches on, pumping pollution into the western part of the city. But the plant will soon close—and will be replaced in part by a network of solar panels and batteries installed in affordable apartment buildings in the area.“If it’s a…