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MP3 Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample meets the celebrated cosmologist Max Tegmark to discuss his latest book, Our Mathematical Universe. In an extended interview, Max talks about our scientific understanding of the structure of the …

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India is Building a Solar Farm Bigger Than Manhattan (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

Submitted by on February 6, 2014 – 3:00 am

Environmental Trend – With a history of blackouts and a growing population, India badly needs new sources of power. At the moment, its grid regularly fails to meet demand and 300 million Indians–about 25% of the total population–aren’t even connected to it. India is investing heavily in all types of power generation, but particularly renewables, which now account for 12% of the country’s overall capacity. The country’s renewable capacity grew to 27.3 gigawatts last year, a 10-fold increase in a decade, with about two thirds coming from wind power. However, India’s most ambitious project isn’t built just yet. It is a massive new solar plant–the world’s biggest. Measuring about 30 square miles, the Rajasthan-based farm will be 10 times bigger than any previous solar project, according to Nature. Manhattan wouldn’t be large enough to contain it. … Read more

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