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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 …

How Instagram’s Head Engineer Is Using Quantum Mechanics To Manage His Team

James Everingham’s passion for physics predated his management role at Instagram. Here’s how he’s brought one to bear on the other.<p>I didn’t intend to go into computer science, and I definitely didn’t expect to become a manager. Instead, I started out thinking I’d be a laboratory scientist. In …

Management

3 developments that could help the world stay below a dangerous global warming threshold

But the adoption of the Paris Agreement was a clear signal that the world is ready to take climate change seriously. 175 countries signed and 15 of these ratified the climate deal during the signing ceremony.<p>Now there is every indication the agreement could enter into force this year.<p>Many …

A New Way of Looking at Solar Cells - MIT Technology Review

A big step in helping perovskites reach their potential as the basis for far cheaper and more efficient types of solar cells came this week from a …

Why Elon Musk Is Betting On Solar Power Instead Of Wind

“I think we can solve the problem with the giant fusion reactor in the sky called the sun.”<p>Elon Musk doesn’t see a place for a wind power division in his expanding clean-energy empire.<p>The Tesla chief announced plans on Tuesday to transform his electric automaker into the world’s first sustainable …

Lamborghini Is Forging Ahead with Forged Carbon Fiber

Thirty-five years ago, McLaren revolutionized both motorsports and the car world at large. Drawing on lessons learned from aerospace, McLaren introduced the first Formula 1 racer with a carbon-fiber-composite (CFC) tub in place of a bonded and riveted sheet-aluminum structure. The success of that …

16 accidental inventions that changed the world

Other stumble upon a brilliant innovation purely by luck.<p>We should all be grateful that the universe gifted us with these world-changing, accidental inventions.<p><i>Alyson Kreuger and Drake Baer contributed additional research to this article.</i>

Opinion: Tesla shareholders should be very worried about dilution right now

If you invest in Elon Musk for emotional reasons, you may not care about dilution. But those looking to make money from the stock should be very wary …

Tesla

Blue Origin safely launches and lands the New Shepard rocket for a fourth time

This morning, Blue Origin launched and landed its New Shepard rocket for the fourth time — and we got to watch the entire thing live. It was the first ever live broadcast of a Blue Origin test flight, showing the vehicle’s ascent to the edge of space and then its subsequent fall and touchdown back …

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Elon Musk About Business and Investing

Elon Musk is a classic missionary founder who is more interested in changing the world and creating enduring businesses than just the financial …

Financial Services

This CEO was a millionaire at 22, went nearly bankrupt, and now runs a $100 million business

Tomas Gorny's life is a true rags-to-riches story that should serve as an inspiration for any budding entrepreneur.<p>He arrived in the US from Poland in the '90s when he was only 20. Barely speaking any English, Gorny had to work part-time valet-parking and carpet-cleaning jobs during his first …

Researchers say you can enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep even if you’ve barely rested

If you’re constantly blaming your bad mood or scattered mind on a bad night’s sleep, it may be time to rethink. Research suggests the amount of sleep you <i>think</i> you got can be more important than actual shut-eye.<p>A 2014 study on “placebo sleep” found that when people were told they’d had a good …

The Brain

An Electric Car Is Coming from Dyson—Yes, the Vacuum-Cleaner Company

Consumer-electronics maker Dyson might have a no-comment policy on the swirling rumors of its electric-car project, but its plans have been confirmed by the most unlikely of sources: The U.K.-based company’s intention to build a Hoover Mover has been leaked to the world by none other than the …

How A Professional Traveler Upgrades His Flights And Hotels

Oh, it's savvy.<p>We've all been there -- about to embark on a lengthy flight or check into a hotel for a few nights. While there's nothing <i>wrong</i> with the seat we've booked or the room we've reserved, it sure would be nice to stretch our legs just a <i>bit</i> further, or stare at a view of the water instead …

Complex Ideas Can Automatically Enter Consciousness

<b>It’s difficult to look at pictures of cars shown on a computer and then keep yourself from saying “car” inside your head the next time one shows up</b> …

Consciousness

Breath Counting Meditation: How to Build Mental Power

You know what's funny? Nearly everything we buy or use comes with instructions. Not just cellphones and computers, but even something as simple as a hammer will usually have at least a drawing that tells you how to use it.<p>But people are not products. We're all born with a brain and body, but at …

Secretive car startup Faraday takes on Tesla with $1bn Nevada mega plant

Upstart electric car company Faraday Future hopes to have its first vehicles rolling off the assembly line in 2018, a company executive said on Wednesday, as officials marked the start of construction on a planned $1 billion (£700 million) Las Vegas-area production plant.<p>Nevada has pledged up to up …

Carbon Fiber Ropes Could Save a Building From Earthquakes

Securing a building and keeping it safe from earthquakes takes a lot of work and seismic retrofitting is the way to do it. The problem that does need …

Carbon Fiber

This ‘mechanical jellyfish’ could help us harvest tons of energy from the ocean

There are reasons why wave energy is one of nature’s greatest untapped resources. The ocean is unforgiving. Salt water corrodes small parts on metal …

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture

A new material design innovation has made wood practically invisible. Just watch for splinters.<p>You don’t have to shop at Ikea to see that Sweden is obsessed with wood. Over 57% of the country is covered in upwards of 51 billion trees, and lumber and paper products are one of the country’s biggest …

Engineering

Yoga Nidra: The Key to Better Sleep?

According to Ananda’s head of yoga, Kirit Thacker, one session of the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, which means, “psychic sleep,” is equivalent to …

New Ultrathin Solar Cells Are Light Enough to Sit on a Soap Bubble

Scientists have created the thinnest, lightest solar power cells yet — so lightweight that they can be draped on top of a soap bubble without popping …

11 Entrepreneurs on Snapchat Who Are Doing It Right

Here are 11 entrepreneurs on Snapchat who are doing it right.<p>If you have been listening to marketers around the world, they are talking about Snapchat as their go-to channel for selling more books, building their brand, and growing their business.<p>After talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs, I keep …

entrepreneurs

Mitsubishi Electric's Seawater Aerial Is More Than A High-tech Gimmick

An antenna made out of seawater? At first glance, it may seem on the level of an engineer’s idea of a parlor trick, but Mitsubishi Electric believes its SeaAerial Antenna has a future both on sea and land as a simple-to-set-up mobile antenna.<p>Seawater being salty is chock full of sodium and chloride …

Russia's New Fighter Plane Has Backward Wings

Don't worry, the SR-10 still flies in the right direction<p>A new jet designed to train fighter pilots is turning heads with its unique look. The SR-10 jet trainer has forward-swept wings, making the plane more maneuverable in flight.<p>Developed by the Russian KB SAT design bureau, the SR-10 has its …

The Koenigsegg Regera wins the horsepower wars - Roadshow

At the Geneva auto show in 2015, Koenigsegg trotted out its prototype Regera. It is now a full-fledged production vehicle and of course, it's bonkers.<p>This mega-hybrid puts out a total power somewhere north of 1,500 with torque coming in at over 1,475 pound-feet. Koenigsegg doesn't seem to care much …

I love this Ferrari-red Lamborghini

The blood-red Italian sports car in front, the super expensive one that goes really fast, is a Lamborghini. In spite of being Ferrari's signature color, red is also a standard option from Lamborghini, the <i>other</i> Italian super sports car manufacturer with a glorious history and a penchant for …

This Huge New Solar Farm Near Las Vegas Provides Power—Even At Night

You no longer need sun to get solar power.<p>Solar power keeps getting cheaper, but there’s a reason why utilities still turn to fossil fuels: it’s expensive to store solar energy for use at night or on a cloudy day, times when solar doesn’t work. But a massive new solar plant, sprawling over 1,670 …

5 Words And Phrases That Can Transform Your Work Life

A Stanford design and engineering professor says making simple changes to the words and phrases we use can empower us to achieve our goals.<p>Reporting for this story took a different turn from the beginning.<p>Usually when I reach out to experts I get enthusiastic replies. But that was not the case when …

Stanford University

Get Instant Gratification With This Millennial-Friendly Stock Investing App

Nothing says “millennials” more than instant gratification, zero fees, and mobile apps for doing things that once required hiring expensive …