Karla Lant

Karla Lant

Freelance Writer and Editor

Karla Lant is an experienced freelance writer, journalist, editor, and adjunct professor. She focuses on science, technology, politics, education, and technical writing. Browse by publication below.

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Hydrogen Fuel Could Become a Viable Energy Alternative Thanks to This Aluminum Alloy

If you have seen or read The Martian, you may recall the stranded astronaut converting a hydrogen-based fuel into water. Well, we may have just discovered material that easily reverses this process.

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Reviewers of Tesla's Model 3 Are Going Absolutely Nuts Over The Car

As the Tesla Model 3 launch was imminent, Jack Stewart of Wired wrote, "The arrival of Tesla's Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history, one that erases 100-plus years of the gas engine and replaces it with technology, design, and performance hot enough to make electric vehicles more than aspirational - to make [electric vehicles (EVs)] inspirational."

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A Google Company Is Unleashing 20 Million Mosquitoes in California to Fight Zika

Verily is releasing millions of male mosquitoes treated with a naturally occurring bacteria that renders them sterile in Fresno. This is the largest such field trial in US history and part of a major effort to fight Zika virus and dengue fever.

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NASA Just Announced It Can't Afford to Get Humans to Mars

NASA has been talking about getting humans to Mars for years, and continues to provide updated plans for getting there.

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Here's What We'd Need to Transform Wormholes Into Intergalactic Shortcuts

Everyone likes a shortcut and a quick trip somewhere cool, which means that everyone loves a wormhole - at least in theory. In actuality, these space-time tunnels are probably not the alleged intergalactic shortcuts we're looking for - and this isn't a mind trick from Obi-Wan, either.

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How Much Energy Would You Need to Power an Actual Time Machine?

There are two hypotheses for time travel that are most popular: wormhole tunneling and cosmic strings. A wormhole is a hypothetical, bi-directional tunnel connecting two space-time locations.

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The Solar Industry Is Creating Jobs 17 Times Faster Than The Rest of The US Economy

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that solar jobs in the US (and other nations) are expanding quickly. As of November 2016, the American solar industry employed 260,077 workers. This is an increase of 24.5 percent from 2015, with a growth rate that is 17 times faster than the United States economy as a whole.

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Astronomers Have Officially Found a Candidate For Planet Nine

An intense three-day crowdsourced search for an undiscovered planet in our solar system has produced four possible candidates. The hunt for Planet Nine was part of a Zooniverse citizen science project, conducted in real-time, with the BBC's Stargazing Live broadcast. The project was hosted at the Siding Spring Observatory at Australian National University (ANU).

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The World's Largest Floating Solar Plant Is Finally Online

The world's largest floating solar power plant is now online in China. Built by Sungrow, a supplier of PV inverter systems, the 40MW plant is now afloat in water 4 to 10 metres deep, and successfully linked to Huainan, China's grid.

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China Has Officially Started Building The World's First 'Forest City'

The world's first 'Forest City,' created to fight pollution, is now under construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, a team that develops green projects all around the world, the futuristic Forest City will be home to a community of about 30,000 people.

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The World's Largest Solar Geoengineering Study Is About to Be Launching in The US

Scientists are ready to send aerosol injections 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) up into the stratosphere to assess the technique's feasibility as a technical fix for global warming. The purpose is to safely simulate the atmospheric cooling effects of a large volcanic eruption. The US$20 million Harvard University project is the world's largest solar geoengineering program ever, and it will launch within the next few weeks.

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California Grid Smashes Record - Getting 67% of Energy From Renewables

On 13 May 2017, California smashed through another renewable energy milestone as its largest grid, controlled by the California Independent System Operator (CISO), got 67.2 percent of its energy from renewables - not including hydropower or rooftop solar arrays.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Just Revealed When He Thinks We'll Find Aliens

This past weekend, Neil deGrasse Tyson did a reddit AMA: "I am Neil deGrasse Tyson, your personal Astrophysicist."

Naturally, with this irresistible prompt, he got numerous responses, like this one: "Do you think we will ever make contact with complex organisms within the next 50 years?"

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Students Have Invented a 'Portable Translator' That Converts Text to Braille in Real-Time

Six engineering undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a portable device that converts text to braille in real-time.

Their first prototype was created in a 15-hour hackathon in early 2016. Since that time, the device, called Tactile, has undergone extensive development. Now, it's the size of a candy bar and completely portable.

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Here's What We'd Need to Transform Wormholes Into Intergalactic Shortcuts

Everyone likes a shortcut and a quick trip somewhere cool, which means that everyone loves a wormhole - at least in theory. In actuality, these space-time tunnels are probably not the alleged intergalactic shortcuts we're looking for - and this isn't a mind trick from Obi-Wan, either.