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10 BQ – Spongy future of energy

Big Question: How can we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels?
A world in which our energy needs are met by hydrogen, rather than oil and gas, without reducing our quality of life.
According to Rachel Crees, (PhD student in Chemistry and Physics, University of Adelaide), hopefully it won’t be long before, instead of having 40 litres […]

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10 BQ – Puzzle has life of its own

What is life?  Well, it is not until you start to look really closely and pick objects that are bit harder to put into the living versus the non-living categories.
It turns out that scientists have been pondering this question for quite a while. Most agree that there are four essential criteria that […]

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10 BQ – Earth’s Power Potential

Big Question: How does the Earth work? As the world looks for alternative energy sources, enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) fit the bill by providing baseload power from heat generated naturally by the Earth.
EGS can virtually be used anywhere and leaves a small environmental footprint.  The potential for clean, carbon-free, low-environmental impact, cheap energy is cause […]

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10 BQ – Chance for Discovery

How did the universe begin? The universe began 13.75 billion years ago in a massive explosion called the “Big Bang”. Presently, our best efforts using microwave radiation background observations tell us what the universe was like approximately 379,000 years after the Big Bang.
To observe even closer to the beginning requires using a […]

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