Knowledge Is Power
As we face the challenges of climate change, the energy choices we make now have never been more crucial. In this issue of USC Dornsife Magazine, we look at energy through the diverse lenses of our scholars’ research — from finding nature-inspired solutions to meet our future energy needs to weighing the pros and cons of nuclear power. We report how ancient technology is shaping advances in cooling technology, we explore natural and esoteric energy, and we delve into the unique demands of our own “body electric.”
In this issue, we aim to help you discover how USC Dornsife sparks the intellectual and creative energy to forge new connections and find innovative solutions to create a brighter future.
Relying on fossil fuels to power our industrialized world has had devastating consequences. To release us from this Faustian bargain, USC Dornsife scientists are using nature as their guide.
Discover the intricate dance of energy conversion that drives human performance and well-being.
A USC Dornsife physicist explains how the Earth’s future is tied to the star it orbits.
From architectural designs of long ago to solid-state electronics to economic incentives, USC Dornsife scholars reveal possible solutions to climate change.
Proponents argue that nuclear power is a solution for a cleaner future. Critics consider it to be dangerous, unsustainable and a distraction from speeding up the switch to renewables. Who is right?
Individual attitudes toward renewable energy and climate change are based on myriad psychological factors. So, what motivates us to make positive changes?
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