Hope for Humanity in the Energy Crisis: Astronomical Jets in a Lab – Professor Setthivoine You, University of Washington

earth and environment, engineering and tech, physical sciences

If we consider Earth as a closed box in which humanity has only ever lived, the second law of thermodynamics says that in the end, inevitably, the box will reach a state of maximum disorder. So, in the long run, there are two important ways in which our species might cope with the issue: switch to ­increasingly cleaner energy sources to push the deadline further away, and colonise the solar system to expand the size of the box. Professor Setthivoine You and his team at the University of Washington are currently working on making both outcomes possible.

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