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Craven Gap Residence

Asheville, North Carolina<p>This modern passive and active solar residence sits on steep mountain land with great views looking down the Beaverdam Valley in Western North Carolina. The house is on a south-facing slope that allowed the owners to build the energy efficient home they had been dreaming of.<p>…

Scientists Create Cotton That Naturally Glows in the Dark

And it didn't require any genetic engineering.<p>Today’s new “smart” materials range in purpose — a new polymer resin self-heals holes in space …

Nanotech

Wind power costs could drop 50%. Solar PV could provide up to 50% of global power. Damn.

New reports suggest a renewables revolution is imminent.<p>Solar and wind energy have been underestimated by analysts and politicians again and again and again. They have gotten cheaper and scaled up faster than even the most optimistic forecasts of a decade ago, or even a few years ago.<p>And there’s …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk Says Humans Need to Read This Book to Prepare for A.I.

Elon Musk wants us to prepare for the worst. The tech entrepreneur recommended a new book released on Tuesday, written by MIT professor Max Tegmark, …

Artificial Intelligence

Engineers Are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant

Sun and Salt<p>The government of South Australia has announced plans to construct the world’s largest single-tower solar thermal power plant in Port …

Renewable Energy

Graphene Computers Work 1000 Times Faster, Use Far Less Power

Graphene At It Again<p>The discovery of graphene in 2004 began a flurry of studies to isolate other two-dimensional materials. Graphene was found to be …

Nanotech

Vitamin B3 could prevent birth defects, miscarriages, scientists say

Women who are pregnant, or thinking about have children soon, may want to start stocking up on marmite.<p>Scientists in Australia revealed in a new study pregnant women could prevent birth defects and miscarriages if they get an extra dose of the dietary supplement vitamin B3.<p>Researchers from the …

Hydrogen Fuel Could Become a Viable Energy Alternative Thanks to This Aluminium Alloy

Nearly 100 percent efficiency.<p>If you have seen or read <i>The Martian</i>, you may recall the stranded astronaut converting a hydrogen-based fuel into water. …

Bitcoin “Civil War” Leads Cryptocurrency to Split

by Business Insider August 1, 2017 Future Society 8937<p>CNBC<p>The Split<p>Bitcoin power brokers were unable to come behind a single solution that would have …

Spotify crosses 60M paid subscribers as it prepares to go public later this year

Spotify today announced that it has crossed the 60 million paying subscriber mark. According to a report from The Financial Times, the news comes as Spotify aims to go public later this year, likely sometime in the fourth quarter…<p>Spotify last announced that it had 50 million paying subscribers in …

The Best Trail Running Shoes

We tested dozens of trail runners to come up with this short list, which mixes the fast and the light with the thick and the protective.<p>Altra Superior 3.0 ($110)<p>The Superior is a low-swooping speedster, though it’s only for midfoot strikers—the thin foam and lack of drop don’t pair well with …

Elon Musk: Unregulated AI Could Be The “Biggest Risk We Face as a Civilization”

A Fundamental Risk<p>As a guest speaker at the 2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting, entrepreneur and innovator Elon Musk covered a number …

Artificial Intelligence