True Strange Library

The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist

Clue to earthquake lightning mystery

Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to precede earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, US scientists say. Unidentified glowing objects were spotted moments before major quakes in … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drilling surprise opens door to magma-powered electricity

… Can enormous heat deep in the Earth be harnessed to provide energy for us on the surface? A promising report from a geothermal borehole project that accidentally struck magma—the … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Every Streetlight in NYC to go LED

When many people think of New York City, beyond the crowds their image of the city is the lights. Soon, the lit-up skyline will be much whiter because all 250,000 … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Continuous” nuclear fusion comes one step closer

Researchers at a California lab have got one step closer in achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. If successfully harnessed, fusion – the process which powers the sun – could become an … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

New pathway can increase biofuel yields by 50 percent

A new synthetic metabolic pathway developed by chemical engineering researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, can break down sugars quickly and efficiently. The researchers believe that the rate … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

British IKEA selling solar panels for free energy after 7 years

Swedish flatpack pioneers IKEA are providing eco-friendly British shoppers with their own solar panels. As well as their Billy bookcases, tea light candles and meatballs with lingonberry,IKEA customers can now … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Solar power may get cheaper with new breakthrough

A research team in Europe has achieved a world record-setting solar conversion efficiency of 44.7 percent, and assuming that higher efficiency translates into lower costs, it’s yet another indicator that … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment