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Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK.

Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the time of major changes in the past.

But it would take a collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-scalar effort to get there, he warns. And that effort must learn from the trials and tribulations from previous energy systems and technology transitions.

In a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Research & Social Science, Professor Sovacool analyses energy transitions throughout history and argues that only looking towards the past can often paint an overly bleak and unnecessary picture.


The Universe is expanding faster than the laws of physics can explain

The most precise measurement ever made of the current rate of expansion of the Universe has been achieved by physicists in the US, and there’s a problem: the Universe is expanding 8 percent faster than our current laws of physics can explain.

If confirmed by independent tests, this new measurement will force us to rethink how dark matter and dark energy have been influencing the evolution of the Universe for the past 13.8 billion years, and that means something in the standard model of particle physics has to change.

"I think that there is something in the standard cosmological model that we don't understand," lead researcher Adam Riess from Johns Hopkins University, who also co-discovered dark energy back in 1998, told Davide Castelvecchi at Nature.

So… wtf just happened? Well, right now, physicists explain the gradual expansion of the Universe - which has been in effect since the Big Bang - by the presence of dark matter and dark energy.



Mr Fish Toon- What's so screwed up about your party...

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How the Sanders campaign flipped two crucial delegates in a Nevada county

BY TESSA STUART April 14, 2016

"We're going to surprise them in Nevada," Bernie Sanders told supporters in the days leading up the state's February 20th caucuses. He had reason to be optimistic: Polls showed the Vermont senator locked in a dead heat with Hillary Clinton in the state that was supposed to be her "firewall" against an insurgent challenge.

But here's the thing about surprises: They only happen when you're not expecting them.

Nevada was a relatively disappointing night for the Sanders campaign; he lost by more than five points, taking home 15 delegates to Clinton's 20. What most people watching the returns at home didn't realize, though, is that those numbers aren't final until the state convention almost three months later — and a lot can happen in that amount of time.

Indeed, a month and a half after caucus night, on April 2nd, the Sanders camp seized the equivalent of two delegates from the Clinton column, without warning, at the Clark County convention.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/bernie-sanders-unusual-strategy-to-win-more-pledged-delegates-20160414

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