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Category Archives: Energy
With the pressing concerns regarding climate change, alternative sources of energy have been a prevalent topic of discussion. These sources range from feasible ideas such as nuclear power to ideas a bit more far fetched, such as harnessing energy from waves. While the alternative energy sources in question are all relatively feasible, there are someContinue reading “Exotic Energy Concepts” Continue reading → Continue reading
The heat and light energy, that which allows for life on Earth and provides energy for the entire solar systems, comes from a powerful yet simply process from deep within the core of the sun. This process is called nuclear fusion. Essentially, single protons, which can also be defined as singular hydrogen molecules, fuse togetherContinue reading “How Does the Sun Create Enough Energy to Reach the Entire Solar System?” Continue reading → Continue reading
In conversations surrounding the transition from fossil fuels to green energy, solar, wind, and biofuels are the most common alternatives that are brought up. Solar energy, as the name implies, comes from the sun, but wind energy and biofuels made from energy crops are ultimately also derived from converted solar power. But what if weContinue reading “Fusion on Earth” Continue reading → Continue reading
Harnessing nuclear energy as an energy source has long been an idea surrounded in mystery and fear. Very few people actually know how nuclear power plants work, but many people know how catastrophic nuclear reactor meltdowns can be. However, the kind of nuclear energy we can currently control in nuclear power plants is only one … Continue reading How Close Are We to Nuclear Fusion Reactors? → Continue reading → Continue reading
The ability to harness nuclear fusion could revolution human society. From the time the universe was about twenty minutes to today, nuclear fusion has only been possible in extreme of environments. The blistering cores of stars, the supernovae explosions of red giants, and a handful of other celestial events were the only things that produced … Continue reading Nuclear PR → Continue reading → Continue reading
“The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it’s going to become multiplanetary, or it’s going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there’s going to be an extinction event.” – Elon Musk. In my last blog post, I talked about the possibility of another object in space colliding with […] Continue reading → Continue reading
In order to power the Mars Rover, scientists decided to use a radioisotope thermoelectric generator. Thermoelectric generators use differences in temperature to generate energy. The Mars Rover uses plutonium-238, a radioisotope that decays overtime and generates heat. This heat is used by the thermoelectric to generate energy for the rover. There are several benefits to […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Nuclear fusion is what powers main sequence stars to shine so brightly and for so long. In the most basic sense, nuclear fusion is the process in which 2+ atomic nuclei crash together. When this occurs with nuclei of lower masses, energy is released. However, the process isn’t as simple as it sounds. An extreme […] Continue reading → Continue reading
A solution to our energy problems? A star in a box. Taking the process of fusion that powers stars and recreate it on Earth can be the road to large quantities of energy with very little pollution and radioactive waste. One of the most efficient ways to generate energy nowadays is a fission reactor, but […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Nuclear Fusion has always been the process known to heat the sun and produce the light that we so desperately depend on. Only until recently, has the possibility of being able to harness the incredible power of nuclear fusion becoming a possibility. The ultimate goal behind this groundbreaking research is to be able to create […] Continue reading → Continue reading