Tag: Electric Light and Power

New Electric Eel Is Most Shocking Yet

The average shock from an electric eel lasts about two-thousandths of a second. The pain isn’t searing — unlike, say, sticking your finger in a wall socket — but isn’t pleasant: a brief muscle contraction, then numbness. For scientists who study the animal, the pain comes with the professional territory. “I remember the first time […]

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One Thing We Can Do: Switch Light Bulbs

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. ImageCreditTyler Varsell By Jillian Mock The Trump administration said Wednesday it planned to scrap requirements for energy-efficient light bulbs, but that doesn’t […]

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A Journey to Explore What ‘Victory’ Looks Like in a Shattered Syria

DOUMA, Syria — Picking our way around the ruins of the Damascus suburb of Douma, it took a little while to realize what was missing. There were women carrying groceries, old men droning by on motorbikes and skinny children heaving jugs of water home. But there were few young men. They had died in the […]

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How New York City Is Turning Its Thousands of Roofs Into Power Providers

New York City is home to thousands of acres of rooftop, some of the most expensive electricity in the country and progressive leadership that has embraced efforts to combat climate change. Yet New York has been slower than other big cities in tapping into one constant source of clean energy: the sun. Now though, with […]

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Florida, the Sunshine State, Is Slow to Adopt Rooftop Solar Power

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida calls itself the Sunshine State. But when it comes to the use of solar power, it trails 19 states, including not-so-sunny Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Maryland. Solar experts and environmentalists blame the state’s utilities. The utilities have hindered potential rivals seeking to offer residential solar power. They have […]

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A Power Plant Fiasco Highlights China’s Growing Clout in Central Asia

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Officials in Kyrgyzstan knew they could no longer put off the decision. An aging plant that provided nearly all the heat and electricity for the country’s capital was on its last legs. As the officials were weighing rival bids to reconstruct the plant, letters arrived at the Kyrgyz Energy Ministry and Foreign […]

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Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’

At three o’clock in the afternoon on September 4, 1882, the electrical age began. The Edison Illuminating Company switched on its Pearl Street power plant, and a network of copper wires came alive, delivering current to a few dozen buildings in the surrounding neighborhood. One of those buildings housed this newspaper. As night fell, reporters […]

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L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In

LOS ANGELES — You’ve heard it many times, from automakers, the energy industry and government officials: Electric vehicles are the cars of the future, essential to the fight against climate change. Yet that grand vision may founder on something most drivers take for granted: the pit stop. Most electric cars need to be plugged in […]

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Hacking the Russian Power Grid

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A New York Times investigation found that the United States is actively infiltrating Russia’s electric power grid. We look at what that means for the future of cyberwarfare. [For an exclusive look at how the biggest […]

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To Make Headway on Climate Change, Let’s Change the Subject

DENVER — The morning two years ago that Jared Polis announced his run for governor of Colorado, he went to a coffee roaster operating on solar power and promised more renewable energy for the state. Campaigning on that alongside education and health care reform, Mr. Polis, a Democrat, blew away his Republican opponent last fall […]

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