Tesla Roadster takes one-way rocket ride to Mars

  Tesla and SpaceX plan to send one of Elon Musk’s electric sports cars to Mars on the back of their new rocket in a launch scheduled for later today. The CEO’s old Tesla Roadster will be strapped to the Falcon Heavy, which is able to lift nearly 64 metric tonnes into space, making it the […]

NASA develops mini-nuclear system for Mars

NASA has conducted successful initial tests of a small-scale nuclear fission system designed to power a long-duration manned mission to Mars. Officials from the agency have said a full-power run of the Kilopower project is scheduled for March. Its purpose is to enable robotic missions and potentially develop colonies in space, which requires a power […]

Mars to spend $1bn making snacks sustainable

Mars has said it will spend $1 billion (£760m) to become more sustainable. The food and drink brand made the announcement as part of its new sustainability plan, which promises to slash greenhouse gas emissions across the company’s value chain by 67% before 2050. The money will be used to increase investment in renewable energy, […]

Scottish wind farm sends green power to Mars

A new wind farm in the Highlands is to power the creation of some of the nation’s well known chocolate bars and pet foods. The energy needed to produce Mars Bars, Twix, Snickers, Dolmio and Pedigree in the UK will be supplied by the 60MW Moy Wind farm near Inverness in Scotland. It will generate […]

IKEA, H&M, Mars back 100% green energy pledge

Some of the world’s biggest brand names signed up to a campaign to encourage major businesses towards solely using green energy. The flatpackers IKEA, insurers Swiss Re, fashion brand H&M and food groups Mars and Nestlé are among the firms joining the RE100 campaign. Its stated goal is that “by 2020, 100 of the world’s […]

Biggest food firms emit more gas than Scandinavia

From cereal makers to fizzy drink bottlers, the world’s ten largest food and drink companies churn out more greenhouse gases than Scandinavia. That’s according to a new report from Oxfam which calculates the ‘Big 10’ emit more than Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland’s total of 250 million tons of greenhouse gases. In its new […]

Mars bars carbon in sweet green energy move

Chocolate maker Mars isn’t barring excess calories – but it is trying to slim down its carbon emissions by getting all of its US sites powered by renewable energy. The sweet green move will see the giant brand house – which alongside Twix, Mars and Snickers bars is behind Dolmio sauces and pet foods Whiskas […]

Blog: Can energy managers learn from the Curiosity rover?

Fly a shuttle to Mars and play music back from outer space? No problem. Can we cut our energy use with the same impressive execution? Can we heck! In the same week the Curiosity rover pinged a dreadful pop track by will.i.am back to Earth from Mars, came the death of the man who took one […]

NASA trials green rocket-fuel

NASA’s latest successful mission to Mars with the Curiosity rover might have grabbed more headlines this month – but in a few years’ time a very different project could be hogging the limelight. The American space exploration body has just announced it is developing a new “green” rocket fuel which could power a test flight […]