Today’s Solutions: November 26, 2022

Science

From mathematics and AI to medicine and psychology, The Optimist Daily features the latest news on discoveries, technological advances, and breakthroughs in the world of science. Our Science section is here to engage and enlighten you.

Water based batteries can make

Water based batteries can make electric cars even cleaner

Electric cars are great for reducing air pollution and global warming, but the materials used to make the car’s batteries come from chemicals that are damaging to the environment. That’s why this invention by a team of scientists from the University of Southern California is so important: a car Read More...

Scientists find a natural way

Scientists find a natural way to produce hydrogen

The clean renewable economy needs hydrogen to store energy. Electricity generated from photovoltaic panels during the day, for example, needs to be stored so that it can be used during the evening and night when the sun doesn’t shine and the panels don’t produce energy. So far the best way to Read More...

Renewable power output has alm

Renewable power output has almost doubled in last decade

Global renewable power production has grown from providing 800 gigawatts in energy in 2004, to 1,560 gigawatts in 2014, according to a new Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century report. Good news, but there’s still a way to go. The output of renewable energy stands at about 10% of Read More...

Economics for a blue planet

Economics for a blue planet

Gunter Pauli, author of The Blue Economy, on why blue is the new green. By Jurriaan Kamp and Marco Visscher  Armed with an MBA from the French business school INSEAD, Gunter Pauli was in his mid-30s when he took the reins at Ecover, the Belgian cleaning products manufacturer that ran into Read More...

Hydrogen in every home

Hydrogen in every home

How the Japanese are trying to slash energy use and CO2 emissions—by installing fuel cells in people’s backyards. Winifred Bird | April 2009 issue Yasushi Kawamori has a power plant in his backyard. Not the kind that belches clouds of CO2 into the atmosphere, but the kind that’s small Read More...

Video: Life with a hydrogen fu

Video: Life with a hydrogen fuel cell

Take a tour through the Kawamoris' house and see a brief interview with Mrs. Kawamori on having a hydrogen fuel cell that powers the family's home. Ode Editors | April 2009 Read More...

Norway puts hydrogen-powered c

Norway puts hydrogen-powered cars on the road

Norway is creating a network of hydrogen filling stations to power cars that run on fuel cells. Diane Daniel | December 2008 issue From Oslo, where most Norwegians live, the nearest hydrogen filling station is about two hours away, first along a freeway, then down a smaller, winding highway and Read More...

How to operate a hydrogen pump

How to operate a hydrogen pump

Ode Editors | December 2008 issue You've adjusted your mirrors, pumped up the tires, and filled up on windshield wiper fluid—and now it's time for some hydrogen. These eco-friendly cars need fuel to get going, but hydrogen pumps aren't the same as a Shell or BP gasoline station. Operating the Read More...

Into the wind

Into the wind

An artwork that sails into the wind Anne Berk | April 2006 Read More...

Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

New technology lowers the cost of making salt water drinkable Tijn Touber | April 2006 issue It sounds strange, but even with 70 percent of the Earth’s surface covered by water, our blue planet is in the grip of a drinking-water shortage. The reason: only 2.5 percent of all that water is fresh, Read More...