KARL GROSSMAN – Consider getting on to an airplane with nuclear-powered engines. Consider the consequences if an atomic airplane crashes. The Boeing Company last week received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an airplane engine that combines the use of lasers and nuclear power. â€œBoeingâ€™s newly-patented engine provides thrust in a very different and rather novel manner,â€ heralded Business Insider. Itâ€™s a leap into mad scienceâ€”and backwards to a 1950s notion of nuclear-powered aircraft.
KEVIN BULLIS – A new type of solar cell, made from a material that is dramatically cheaper to obtain and use than silicon, could generate as much power as todayâ€™s commodity solar cells.
THOMAS HEDGES – There is no debate on climate change in Germany. The temperature for the past 10 months has been three degrees above average and weâ€™re again on course for the warmest year on record. Thereâ€™s no dispute among Germans as to whether this change is man-made, or that we contribute to it and need to stop accelerating the process.
KEITH ROGERS – The sun is shining more brightly on the Moapa River Indian Reservation today. Council members for the city of Los Angeles approved a $1.6 billion, 25-year pact Tuesday to purchase solar power from a company that will build nearly 1 million photovoltaic panels on tribal land.