MARK BUCHANAN: A physics breakthrough that could change the world
'Even the hardest problems can succumb to persistent investigation, as two recent discoveries demonstrate'
If humans want to avoid boiling the oceans, we’ll have to find ways to use energy more efficiently. This, in turn, requires solving a problem that people don’t typically connect to climate change: the turbulence created when we pump air, water, oil, gas and other substances through countless miles of ducts and pipes. Thanks to its confounding effects, fully 10 percent of all the electrical energy produced on Earth gets wasted. Fortunately, some recent breakthroughs in the realm of physics might point the way to a solution.