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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Scientists Have Discovered a New Quantum State of Matter

Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal.

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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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Plasma Jet Engines Might Soon Take Us From Earth to Space

Imagine a jet engine that could propel an aircraft faster than a traditional engine, taking us all the way to the edge of the atmosphere, all without burning fossil fuels - and for a low cost.

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Why String Theory Could Be The Key to Uncovering The 'Theory of Everything'

A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire Universe and unite the forces of nature.

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This Controversial Startup Is Attempting to 'Reverse Death' in Brain-Dead Patients

Bioquark is about to begin a trial that will attempt to bring brain-dead patients back to life using stem cells. However, the trial is raising numerous scientific and ethical questions for other experts in the field.

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OPINION: Why Apple Should Buy Tesla and Make Elon Musk CEO

Elon Musk is the unstoppable innovation juggernaut of our time. He has taken us to space, and is single-handedly leading us into a new age in energy. However his company, Tesla, is plagued by issues related to capital. Conversely, Apple is a powerhouse of stability. Their sales are steady, probably because they continually pour out the same tired products that (they know) people are willing to buy. They also don't take risks. Ever.

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Scientists Have Discovered a New Quantum State of Matter

Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. This is a new state of matter they expect will have applications in ultrafast quantum computing, and the researchers believe this discovery is just the 'tip of the iceberg'.

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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 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.