As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants

Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to roll back Obama-era rules that effectively prevented new coal plants from opening in the US. The rules required new coal plants to emit no more […]

This online startup makes shopping and caring for beautiful house plants convenient and easy — even for people who don’t think they have a green thumb

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Léon & George What sounds like it could be a recipe for disaster — an indoor house plant you never see in person that is packed into a […]

Plants repeatedly got rid of their ability to obtain their own nitrogen

Enlarge / Plants. (credit: James Petts / Flickr) Plants, like all living things, need nitrogen to build amino acids and other essential biomolecules. Although nitrogen is the most abundant element in air, the molecular form of nitrogen found there is largely unreactive. To become useful to plants, that nitrogen must first be “fixed,” or busted […]

Auto plants of the future may have a surprisingly human touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles on the same line. The plants will also feature a component they say is the secret ingredient to flexible manufacturing: humans. SAIC-GM’s factory in Shanghai, which opened in 2016, is one of […]

Perry seems in favor of emergency order to bail out coal, nuclear plants

Enlarge / US Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the East Room of the White House in 2018. (credit: Getty Images) At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry expressed his willingness to help coal and nuclear plants out with an emergency order similar to one requested by energy firm FirstEnergy earlier […]

An Arizona Park Is Microchipping Plants To Stop Cactus Thieves

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US security officials say Russian hackers could shut down nuclear power plants and electric facilities in America

Mark Zaleski/AP The US accused Russia on Thursday of orchestrating cyberattacks against American energy facilities. The hackers have been targeting US interests since at least 2015. Reports indicate the hackers could have shut down nuclear power plants, water, and electric facilities, but instead gathered intelligence that cybersecurity experts fear will be used for future attacks. […]

Global demand rising for Russian-built nuclear power plants

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom expects to sign foreign contracts worth $ 26 billion this year for the construction and maintenance of nuclear power plants, official data shows. According to its results for 2017, Rosatom’s portfolio of foreign orders for the next decade totals $ 133.6 billion. The company traditionally calculates its portfolio of orders […]

Carbon Fiber from Plants Instead of Oil: Not Just Greener but Cheaper

Carbon fiber is glamorous. It helps shed precious pounds from performance-focused cars like those from McLaren (its carbon Monocell is pictured above) as well as upmarket eco-warriors like the BMW i3, and it is increasingly applied as merit-badge splashes of decor on sporty trims of myriad other vehicles. But it also has a dark side in that it’s by no means an eco-conscious material to produce. […]