With four million solar panels covering 10 square miles of land, China’s Longyangxia Dam Solar Park is the largest in the world. As solar energy becomes cheaper, solar plants are getting bigger. In 2015, California was home to the two largest producing solar plants on Earth, before India’s Kmuthi Solar Power Project eclipsed the Golden State in 2016. Even now, a new project in China’s northwest threatens to topple Longyangxia’s reign, with six million panels expected to produce a capacity of 2,000 Megawatts – that’s enough to power around 330,000 homes.
PopSci’s Eleanor Cummins reported on an unprecedented dinosaur discovery this week: “A blood-thirsty boss with a neck about five-and-a-half feet long.” The dino was also pregnant with live young at the time of her death. While long necks are fascinating, scientists are even more perplexed by her pregnant belly. Previously, they thought that ancient reptiles – along with their modern-day cousins, birds and crocodiles – all laid eggs. This bloodthirsty boss just made waves.
For the first time in it’s 49-year history, the Oroville Dam overflowed. The California Department of Water Resources captured the spill-over, as seen in this image. Even worse, the surge of water formed a sinkhole in the dam’s spillway — which is kind of like a long concrete waterslide. This threatened to unleash a flood, prompting the state to temporarily evacuate around 200,000 people. The great flood didn’t come – this time.