Erik Faust

1,096 Flips | 7 Magazines | 575 Likes | 6 Following | 9 Followers | @ErikFaust521t | Keep up with Erik Faust on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Erik Faust”

US allies are fighting each other in northern Syria. Here’s why.

The United States’ attempts to bring together bitter enemies to tackle the Islamic State in Syria are unraveling, as Washington’s key partners turn their guns on each other.<p>Over the past few days, Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have clashed with Kurdish fighters inside Syria. That's …

Jens Spahn: the man who could replace Merkel as chancellor

The conservative rebel touted as a future German leader is young, combative and ‘burkaphobic’<p>Over the 11 years that Angela Merkel has been at the top of German politics, steering her country through global financial crashes, European debt crises and the aftershocks of wars in the Middle East, she …

Europe

Blue-chip engineers Rolls-Royce and BAE fly high on international aviation deals

Two of Britain’s blue-chip engineering companies have won a £1bn-plus boost after securing two foreign contracts.<p>Rolls-Royce has gained a $1.5bn (£1.1bn) order for Trent 700 engines to power 15 Airbus jets being bought by a Chinese airline, and defence group BAE Systems has announced a A$200m …

Why Tesla's New Battery Is So Important

Tesla Motors announced a breakthrough on Tuesday that was the stuff of energy nerds: a new battery pack for its performance cars that packed more …

Inside Germany's Controversial Terrorism Plan

Germany has told its citizens to stock up on water and food in the event of a terrorist attack or national catastrophe and be ready to support the …

Researchers Finally Figure Out How to Reuse Carbon Fiber

And it's surprisingly simple.<p>Carbon fiber is both strong and light, making it ideal for use in performance cars. Unfortunately, it's also expensive, and (until now) difficult to reuse or recycle. But while companies are still working hard to bring down the cost, the recycling issue may have just …

Deutsche boss: negative interest rates are 'fatal'

Deutsche Bank's chief executive has warned of the "fatal consequences" of the European Central Bank's negative interest rate policy, which he said punished savers and could even undermine the recovery.<p>John Cryan said the ECB's decision to cut its deposit rate to a record low of -0.4pc and an …

To be Solar, or not to be? Part 2: What solar panels should I choose?

Electricity is one of the most important things in our lives. That solar panels allows us to collect photons from the skies and drive – literally if it’s an electric vehicle – our modern world is almost magical. In our first article on residential solar, we talked about the structural aspects of a …

The Plastics Revolution: How Chemists Are Pushing Polymers to New Limits

Hermann Staudinger was a pacifist, but this was one fight he was determined to win. In 1920, the German chemist proposed that polymers—a broad class …

Scottish fishermen accuse SNP of ignoring Brexit 'grand prize'

The SNP is at loggerheads with Scotland’s fishermen after warning that Brexit threatens the future of the seafood industry.<p>The Nationalists said seafood accounts for more than 60 per cent of Scotland’s food exports to the EU and warned that thousands of jobs could be at risk if the UK does not …

Why Obama Must Pay Attention to the Louisiana Floods

<i>This article originally appeared in Eric Holthaus's newsletter. Read the orignal article.</i><p>In my small corner of the internet, this week has been …

Scientists uncover origin of high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide compound

Since the 1986 discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide compounds called cuprates, scientists have been trying to understand …

Bolivia opens 'anti-imperialist' school to counter US

<b>The Bolivian President Evo Morales has opened a new military defence academy, which he says will offer courses to counter the influence of the United States in the developing world.</b><p>Mr Morales said its aim included the study of imperialism and its consequences.<p>He said it would counteract the Army …

Latin America

All Scientific Research Funded by NASA Is Available For Free

Dive deep into the well of knowledge.<p>NASA recently announced that any published research funded by the space agency will now be available at no cost, …

Why Did BMW Really Stop Making the Hydrogen 7 Model?

Recently I stumbled upon a piece of news that claimed hydrogen powered cars have already covered a million miles in the US. The news came from First …

SpaceX Falcon 9 comes home after successful satellite launch

Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket has taken off from Cape Canaveral with the JCSAT 16 communications satellite in tow. After launching the Japanese satellite …

Warren Buffett brilliantly explains how bubbles are formed

Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO, has said cryptocurrencies "definitely will come to a bad ending."<p>He was speaking in January on what's probably the highest profile financial-bubble suspect right now.<p>When he publishes his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, readers will be checking …

Free Trade: The Invisible Benefits

Before the Brexit, 28 countries joined the European Union since its inception in 1957, without a single country leaving. The story is similar if you …

UN approves robust peace force in South Sudan

The UN Security Council has authorized 4,000 additional peacekeepers in South Sudan, despite opposition from the conflict-ridden country. The UN has …

The two big tests awaiting the Prime Minister's 'Mayconomics' agenda

Are we seeing the emergence of a new economic theory, Mayconomics? Mrs May’s speeches so far suggest a rejection of naïve economic theories that associate freedom with small government. The aim is no longer to shrink the state, privatise and de-regulate, but to achieve greater prosperity shared by …

You can buy one of Elio's three-wheeled 'cars' for $7,000*

Elio Motors finally started locking in prices for its first car, but there are a number of rules involved, and it's only for a limited time -- hence the asterisk above.<p>Elio Motors is hoping to shake up the auto industry with Elio, its three-wheeled "car" that can achieve 84 mpg, thanks to its small …

Electric Vehicles

6 Career Killers You Never Knew About

Don't be invisible to your boss.<p>Want to get ahead at work? Heed this advice on what to avoid in the workplace to maximize your professional potential.<p>…

Best Nigerian Blog

The following day, Ayo came back to the house so early and went straight to his room where he met his wife and son sleeping. Ayo: Adaobi! Adaobi! He …

Frontiers of synchrotron research suggest even brighter future for materials science and engineering

The editors of a special issue of the Materials Research Society MRS Bulletin have suggested that future research trends must utilise …

Researchers create self-assembling material straight out of ‘Big Hero 6’

It’s <i>Big Hero 6</i> come to life in South Korea, where a team of international researchers has created a material that self-assembles on command into …

NASA Rocket Test Shot with Incredible New HDR High Speed Camera

Capturing a solid rocket booster test on video is no small feat. You need a camera that can capture slow motion footage <i>and</i> handle the dynamic range …

The next big thing in space business is tiny rockets

Back in June, NASA tested a booster for the most powerful rocket it has ever tried to build, the Space Launch System (SLS). The booster alone was more than 150 feet long, producing 3.6 million pounds of force, and reaching temperatures of nearly 6,000°F during a ground test in Promontory, Utah. The …

Space Travel

Traffic-Straddling Bus a Total Scam According to Chinese State Media

It's not even really a bus.<p>The internet <i>loves</i> the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), an innovative new method of transportation planned to launch in China. The futuristic vehicle straddles lanes of traffic, gliding above the chaos below. It's an undeniably appealing idea for the busy cities in the most …

A Mechanical Engineer’s Quick Tips for Using Gears

Whether to slow down a movement, speed it up, or change its direction, it’s easy to find technical information about gears. But using them, especially custom cut pieces, can still be tricky because they have to work so precisely together. I’ve learned some lessons along the way — here are a …

Simplifying the complex design of 3-D printed jewelry

Do-it-yourself jewelry design can bring to mind visions of failed pony bead necklaces or braided friendship bracelets. So when it comes to …

3D