In Search of a Bigger Baby Earth

 In Search of a Bigger Baby Earth

Why does the planet act like a giant magnet?
One scientist is building his own Earth to find out

Dan Lathrop needs a bigger Earth. His old one is two feet across and 500 pounds, about 20 millionths the size of the real thing. And after four years of tests, it failed to generate a magnetic field similar to the real Earth’s, which shields us from the sun’s radiation and guides some navigation systems by pointing compasses north.

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90,000 Homes In The Netherlands To Be Powered By Chicken Manure

90,000 Homes In The Netherlands To Be Powered By Chicken Manure 

Some Powerful Poo!

So, you’re an Earth-loving, eco-friendly environmentalist, as it’s all the rage these days. Alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar, are what you’re looking to use to get your juice. OK, that’s cool. But what about more… unorthodox sources of power? I’m talking, of course, about chicken crap.

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Could The Moon Be Mined For Alternative Fuel?

Could The Moon Be Mined For Alternative Fuel? 

In 2008, solar power seems to be the hot topic for alternative fuel use. Solar powered products are already coming down in price so that the average consumer can take it home and use it, but now scientist are turning to the moon as well as the sun for power. Could the moon fuel our future?

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Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates 5th Birthday

Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates 5th Birthday 

 Star-forming region in the constellation Cassiopeia.

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the last of the space agency’s Great Observatories satellites to launch, celebrated its fifth birthday recently… giving me the opportunity to post this amazing multigenerational picture of star-forming region in the constellation Cassiopeia, 6,500 light-years from Earth. The photo takes in an area equivalent to four full moons and puts on show how one generation of massive stars can give birth to the next.

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1% Of Geothermal Energy Could Supply Power For 26,000 Years

1% Of Geothermal Energy Could Supply Power For 26,000 Years 

In case you weren’t aware, below the surface of the earth there’s a sea of insanely hot material that’s constantly swirling around. When tapped, that heat source can be used as geothermal power. With so much down there, why aren’t we using it more? That’s a question asked in Australia, where a study determined that a mere 1% of Australia’s geothermal power potential could provide the nation with a whopping 26,000 years of energy. The trick is getting it out.

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Searching For ‘Sister Earths’?

Searching For ‘Sister Earths’? 

 A Jupiter-sized planet passes in front of its star in this artist’s impression of a transiting exoplanet.

Research presented at a recent astronomical conference is being hailed as ushering in a new era in the search for Earth-like planets by showing that they are more numerous than previously thought and that scientists can now analyze their atmospheres for elements that might be conducive to life.

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