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Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world...yet

Is it really almost here, or is it another promise that is perpetually just one more breakthrough away?<p>Perhaps you’ve heard of graphene, a form of carbon that could bring us bulletproof armor and space elevators, improve medicine, and make the internet run faster — some day. For the past 15 years, …

Graphene

Neymar's World Cup dive gives us the top-notch memes we've been waiting for

Brazilian soccer star Neymar and terrible flops are a combination that we can always expect when his team hits the pitch — and he did not disappoint …

Soccer

Exclusive: Tesla to close a dozen solar facilities in nine states - documents

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Electric car maker Tesla Inc's move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current …

Tesla

Buffett, Bezos, Dimon appoint Dr. Atul Gawande as CEO of their newly formed health-care company

Dr. Atul Gawande will lead the joint health-care venture between Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway, the three companies announced …

Health Care

Elon Musk wants employees with these 4 traits, according to a top HR exec at SpaceX

Elon Musk says he is on track to send people to Mars by 2024 through his aerospace company SpaceX.<p>He even gave a tongue-in-cheek example of what …

Elon Musk

What is GitHub?

STEVE BALLMER, Microsoft’s former chief executive, became an internet meme when he gave a speech to employees in which he bounced across the stage …

What if Canada had spent $200bn on wind energy instead of oil?

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Renewable Energy

Intelligent machines will 'end human evolution', says tech boss

The man who helped set up Britain's largest technology company has warned that artificial intelligence is so advanced that we “have arrived at a time in history where evolution is coming to an end”.<p>Arm founder Hermann Hauser, who has been dubbed "the godfather of venture capital" after investing in …

Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.<p>His crime was to insist that the North American Free …

Natural Gas

A spinoff from Alphabet's secretive 'moonshot factory' has figured out how to solve some of the worst problems with cooling your home

A spinoff from Alphabet's (Google's parent company) secretive "Moonshot Factory" wants to cool your home with geothermal energy — all without emissions.<p>The startup, Dandelion, bills its new geothermal heating-and-cooling system as so efficient it will literally "pay for itself."<p>Air conditioners are …

NASA's 'Impossible' Space Engine Tested—Here Are the Results

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there's a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device.<p>Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances (not to mention the luxury of stopping at destinations) …

Space Science

Elon Musk releases more details about the Boring Company’s plan: $1 fare personalized mass transit

During an informational session with Q&A today, Elon Musk released more details about the Boring Company’s plan for its network of tunnels under Los Angeles.<p>He envisions a “personalized mass transit” system that costs only $1 fare.<p>Most of the presentation reiterated things that the Boring Company …

Let's Talk About Net Present Value and Solar Panels

Without understanding it, you’ll never know if putting solar panels on your roof (or buying a share of stock) is a good deal or not.<p>In 1202, the Pisan customs official’s son who has come to be known as Fibonacci gave the world the mathematical tools to calculate the present value of a future stream …

Man City legend Paul Lake's classy reaction after his half-time derby rant went viral

Hindsight is a wonderful thing - as Manchester City legend Paul Lake knows.<p>The former Blues midfielder became something of an internet sensation when …

Soccer

Electric Black Cabs Are Taking Over in London

It takes a lot to impress a London cabbie, but as Neville Robertson pulls up to a sea of taxis at a stop light next to Buckingham Palace, he’s the …

SpaceX and Boeing-Lockheed partnership split $640M in Air Force contracts

SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer founded by Elon Musk, won a significant chunk of about $640 million in U.S. Air Force contracts announced this week, while a Boeing-Lockheed joint venture was awarded a slightly bigger share.<p>Musk’s company garnered a $290 million contract to launch three global …

With a spacecraft in trouble and the White House watching, SpaceX had to deliver

Within minutes of liftoff, it was clear the Dragon spacecraft was in trouble.<p>Inside mission control on the morning of March 1, 2013, the SpaceX team was desperately trying to figure out what went wrong and soon pinpointed the problem: A few valves were stuck.<p>Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy …

Space Travel

No longer 'alternative', mainstream renewables are pushing prices down | Simon Holmes à Court

While the government insists that renewables have made our grid unreliable, lights have stayed on and prices are dropping<p>On the first day of autumn tens of thousands of Victorians received a welcome surprise from their power company — their electricity bills were going down. Prices were cut 5% …

Renewable Energy

Watch the best bits of Elon Musk's SXSW talk

Elon Musk took the stage about 30 minutes late at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas, and when he finally appeared, the soldout crowd cheered and jumped to their feet, smartphones glowing. His conversation at SXSW was a surprise, announced late the night before, and the talk itself was …

There's No Accounting for Tesla Bondholders' Tolerance

Today's entrant for the "nothing-to-see-here" award goes to Tesla Inc.'s 5.3 percent bonds maturing in 2025.<p>On Thursday evening, Tesla filed with …

Tesla's $2.6 Billion Musk Award Too Costly, Glass Lewis Says

Tesla Inc. shareholders should turn down a plan to grant Elon Musk a $2.6 billion award, the world’s second-biggest proxy adviser recommended, …

EU eyes tax on tech giants closer to 2 percent than 6 percent of revenue: Le Maire

PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union this month will unveil plans to tax large global tech companies' revenue at a rate in the 2-to-6-percent range, though more likely closer to 2 than to 6 percent, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in a newspaper interview.<p>" A European directive will be …

Amazon's $1 billion acquisition of the doorbell-camera startup Ring is the company doing what it does best — and it should terrify every other retailer

Amazon is acquiring Ring, a startup that specializes in smart-camera-equipped doorbells for dwellings.<p>At a reported acquisition price north of $1 billion, Ring provides another suite of in-home smarts that both complement and extend Amazon's capability. It also fits in well with Amazon's existing …

European Wind Turbine Manufacturers Face Balance Sheet Test, Could Turn To Midwest For Stability

Wind power installations in Europe surged in 2017, driven by a frantic investor push to complete projects eligible for feed-in-tariffs before new European state-aid regulations put an end to buoyant subsidies.<p>New competitive tender auctions have created a vacuum in both energy prices and turbine …

Batteries Set to Compete Against Generators in Power Markets

U.S. regulators have leveled the playing field for batteries and other forms of energy storage, voting to eliminate market barriers for those …

Tesla’s big battery is undercutting Australia’s energy cartels

When Tesla installed the world's largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia last year, it came with the promise that it would revolutionize the way electricity is produced, stored and sold in a region known for blackouts and market monopolizing. Less than two months later, that promise has been …

UK built half of Europe's offshore wind power in 2017

Capacity is growing fast and turbines getting bigger – some almost as large as the Shard<p>Britain accounted for more than half of the new offshore wind power capacity built in Europe last year, as the sector broke installation records across the continent.<p>The windfarms out in the North Sea and other …

How Tesla's big battery is bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel

On Sunday 14 January something very unusual happened.<p>The Australian Energy Market Operator called – as it often does – for generators in South Australia to provide a modest amount of network services known as FCAS, or frequency control and ancillary services.<p>This time, though, the market price did …

Wind Farm

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?<p>It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western …

Bill Gates

Natural gas killed coal – now renewables and batteries are taking over | Dana Nuccitelli

To avoid dangerous climate change, we can’t rely on natural gas replacing coal<p>Over the past decade, coal has been increasingly replaced by cheaper, cleaner energy sources. US coal power production has dropped by 44% (866 terawatt-hours [TWh]). It’s been replaced by natural gas (up 45%, or 400 TWh), …

Fossil Fuels