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Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

This Teen Scientist Will Make You Want to Retake Science Class

As I wandered around the Social Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley a few week ago, I heard from people like the founder of Bitty Foods (a company making baked goods out of cricket flour), Sal Khan of the Khan Academy and even the ladies behind ImprovHQ on how you can use improv techniques in the …

How The Internet Of Things Is Changing Work

Here’s how technologists think the world of IoT will change the workplace–and how it’s already changing how we do business today.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting concept, a future where “billions of things are talking to each other,” as technology consulting company SAP describes it. …

The U.S. Interior Department Halts Future Arctic Oil Drilling

Blocking lease extensions and future sales<p>The Interior Department announced today it will stop selling new Arctic drilling leases for future scheduled sales, and it will not extend leases currently held by companies like Royal Dutch Shell.<p>This comes not long after Shell's own announcement in late …

Oil & Gas Industry

Warming Oceans May Be Spewing Methane Off West Coast

Is it hot in here? Or is that just the methane?<p>We know that warming ocean temperatures pose a serious threat to coral reefs and Antarctic ice shelves, but now it looks like rising temperatures are already releasing large amounts of methane into the ocean.<p>Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, 25 times …

Washington, D.C. Is Now Partially Powered By Sewage

This has nothing to do with politics<p>Politics might get dirty in D.C, but the nation's capitol is making sure that even the dirtiest solid waste is getting cleaned up into green, renewable energy.<p>This week, utility company D.C. Water unveiled a brand new bioenergy facility that turns D.C. residents' …

Wastewater

Want a Solar-Powered Home? Here's a New Battery That Won't Ignite

As solar panels and wind turbines spread worldwide, they'll need batteries to store power for times when they don't produce it. Harvard debuts a promising prototype.<p>If you dream of an off-grid house powered by the sun, plan on a battery to store energy for cloudy days—ideally, one that won’t catch …

23 Must-Do Hikes in the National Parks

Photo: Michael Matti<p>You can't see all the beauty of the National Parks from your car or the visitor center. You need to hit the trail and get into the wild to really capture all that the parks have to offer. Take a look at this list, lace up your hiking boots, and start planning your next hiking …

National Parks