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Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

<b>Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET</b><p>When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his "legislative approvals" were off the charts. "No. 1 in the history of our country," he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

The world’s largest floating solar farm is producing energy atop a former coal mine

The Chinese city of Huainan is rich in coal—very rich. By one 2008 estimate, it has nearly a fifth of all of China’s coal reserves.<p>Now the city has become home to the world’s largest floating solar farm. Appropriately, it has been built atop a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being …

Renewable Energy

Coal no longer fuels America. But the legacy — and the myth — remain.

Boone County claims to be the birthplace of America’s coal industry, the rich and abundant black rock discovered in these verdant hills almost three centuries ago. Coal gives name to nearly everything in these parts — the Big and Little Coal rivers, the weekly Coal Valley News, the wondrous …

Fossil Fuels

Apple’s greed is killing the planet (and screwing you, too)

Your iPhone won't last forever, even if you want it to. You'll crack the screen, or its battery will crap out, and if the physical flaws don't get …

Sustainability

40+ America's Test Kitchen Recipes You Should Make in This Lifetime

America's Test Kitchen and its other publications like <b>Cooks Illustrated</b> and <b>Cook's Country</b> are my most trusted sources for recipes. ATK prides itself on testing and retesting its recipes and cooking methods until it has achieved perfection. Though most of ATK's recipes are only available through …

How Software Is Eating The Military And What That Means For The Future Of War

As software-based weapons and information systems start to touch all phases of conflict, military leaders are grappling with a new set of challenges.<p>Cybersecurity experts say the “NotPetya” cyberattack that disrupted computer systems around the world last week was most likely the work of a …

Military

Watching and Lamenting the Death of the New York Diner

There’s a story that a few of the wistful regulars from my old diner, Joe Jr.’s, which used to occupy a narrow little space in the Village on the …

The electric car revolution may hit the world 'harder and faster' than predicted

Electric vehicles are still rare sightings on most roads today. But in a couple of decades, more than a third of all passenger cars will run on …

Mexico And U.S. Team Up To Create Low-Cost Wheelchairs

Political tension between the United States and Mexico is making headlines with talk of disrupting longstanding trade deals and constructing a border wall.<p>And then there's the story of Antonio Garcia.<p>A mechanic from southern Sonora, he had been limping around on crutches for three years. His right …

El Paso

The Rise and Fall of the Great American Motel

In 1939, when John Steinbeck imagined Highway 66 as “the road of flight,” he evoked the crushing realities of Depression-era migrants who’d been …

14 Route 66 Attractions to See on Your Next Road Trip

<i>Ready to have a good ol' fashioned road trip? Consider your travels planned with this excerpt from Drew Knowles's Route 66 Adventure Handbook, featuring quirky roadside attractions and facts you won't want to miss.</i><p>America's iconic highway is still alive and definitely worth incorporating into your …

Rise to the Mongol Rally: The Ultimate Road Trip to Cross One-Third of Earth's Circumference

I was frustrated. We had driven more than 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia, and now that our teams were on our last 100 miles before the finish …

Adventure Travel

The Best Small Town to Visit in All 50 States

The paradox of big-city travel is that you never really get a break. You ditch work in New York, LA, or Chicago to go visit your buddies in New York, …

The FAA is now refunding Americans who registered their drones

The FAA may have collected over $4 million in drone registration fees.<p>If you registered to fly your drone, but only fly for fun, you can now remove your name from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration database and get your $5 back.<p>The FAA now has a page on its website where …

Drones

Here’s what NASA could accomplish if it had the US military’s $600 billion budget

NASA has been a household name for Americans since the '60s when it achieved the seemingly impossible, landing humans on the Moon.<p>Since then, NASA has explored other alien surfaces like, Mars and Saturn's moon Titan, as well as flown by every planet in our solar system.<p>It has achieved so much on a …

Space Science

All the Promises Automakers Have Made About the Future of Cars

If you believe them, there will be a lot of self-driving cars on the road by 2020.<p>Yet another announcement came yesterday: Volvo, the Swedish slash Chinese car company, announced that it will only offer electric or hybrid vehicles by 2019. It was widely hailed as a bold move.<p>Previously, the company …

Automotive Industry
Government

Inside the startup that wants to mine asteroids and transform space travel forever

On May 25, 2008, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite transmitted a grainy image back to Earth. It showed two white dots - the <i>Phoenix Mars</i> …

Jawbone’s demise heralds the end of the wearables industry

Sometimes deaths are sudden, but most company deaths are the opposite, with Jawbone's protracted terminus taking upward of a year. The company was an early pioneer in the consumer-wearables market and had raised close to a billion dollars in investment, but that wasn't enough to save it. Its end …

Wearable Tech

How Eclipse Chasers Are Putting a Small Kentucky Town on the Map

The most anticipated eclipse in American history is coming this summer. At the heart of it is Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which anticipates 100,000 …

James McClean
Airplanes

Lena Headey, Cersei in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Has Her Own Power Moves

WEST YORKSHIRE, England — “Are you [expletive] serious right now?”<p>Lena Headey is incredulous, an amused smile curving lips best known for sneering as Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” She is piloting her black Land Rover through the narrow, twisty roads of her native West Yorkshire, a realm of …

TV Series

The 3 ways we might hail self-driving cars in the future

If tech leaders are correct, someday we'll be getting around by summoning rides in self-driving cars with our smartphones instead of driving …

Carsharing

Meet the Wonderfully Nerdy CEO Who Is Now America's Richest Self-Made Woman in Tech

Bill Gates is actually the male version of Judy Faulkner<p>Judy Faulkner hates high heels.<p>Stockings too.<p>“High heels hurt,” she told <i>The Capital Times</i>. …

Bill Gates

This elevator can go sideways

The new elevator technology by Thyssenkrupp has done away with ropes in favor of a direct drive, so the lift can go up and down as well as sideways.

Turner Broadcasting

How to spend a long weekend in 4 of America’s best cities

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer across the country, and as such should be spent enjoying as much time as possible outside enjoying the …

San Francisco

Cheap and Deep: How to make Reykjavik, Iceland, a reality

If Iceland isnt on your bucket list, youre doing it wrong. Between fjords, volcanoes, hot springs, Reykjaviks legendary nightlife and its massive …

European Travel

EU fines Google a record $2.7 billion for abusing product searches

The European Commission's long-running investigation into Google has finally come to an end, and it's not good news for the search giant. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager confirmed today that the company has been fined €2.42 billion ($2.72 billion) for unfairly directing users to its own products …

Algorithms

Groundbreaking new energy storage system mounts to existing poles

Grid reliability is a growing concern as the world transitions to renewable energy and existing infrastructure ages. To address these challenges, …