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What it takes to dismantle an oil rig

The North Sea’s oil wells are starting to run dry. So how do we pull them up? It’s a massively complex task, writes Paul Marks.<p>They sound like the kind of arsenal controlled by a Bond villain – twin-hulled megaships, underwater lasers, robot submarines and diamond saws.<p>But they are, in fact, the …

The UK’s network of secret fuel pipes that helped win WWII

A huge, little-known network of underground pipes spans the UK – officially still a state secret, and bringing fuel to the plane that takes you on holiday.<p>If you flew over it, you’d have no idea it was there.<p>One of the great British engineering projects of the 20th Century is completely hidden from …

Why Oil Prices Will Rise and You Will Be Caught By Surprise

I follow oil pretty closely given our exposure. As such, I get frustrated with many press and news show accounts of the commodity. It gets worse when …

What is the Doomsday Clock and why does it matter?

The Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight, from two-and-a-half minutes to two minutes. In announcing the decision, the Bulletin of the Atomic …

27 Billion Barrels Worth of Oil Projects Have Been Cancelled

An estimated $380 billion worth of oil and gas projects have been cancelled since 2014, according to a new estimate from Wood Mackenzie.<p>The downturn …

30 Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer During a Job Interview

Interview prep 101 dictates that you should have your elevator pitch ready, a few stories polished, and a good sense of what you have to offer. So, …

How to Get More Energy: 8 New Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to know how to get more energy when life throws curve balls at us.<p>These ideas from psychology research can help you keep going and …

This factory is leading London's vinyl revival

Remember vinyl? It's not dead: in fact, the biggest pressing plant in Europe is working at full capacity. Here in Record Industry, a …

Take a Video Crash Course in Beginner Electronics

In 2008 and 2009, <i>Make:</i> produced a wonderful series of videos, called <i>MAKE Presents</i>, done by the inimitable Collin Cunningham. The idea was to create a series of highly entertaining, user-friendly, and informative videos that would explain the rudiments of electronics — the basic components, tools, …

Pizza boxes contain chemicals that may be worse for you than pizza

Even the packaging of some greasy, late-night indulgence foods may be bad for you.<p>Three substances commonly found in paper and cardboard food containers were banned this week from food packaging by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a long-delayed response to a 2010 petition filed by a …

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100 Years of General Relativity: Why Einstein Still Stands

Despite numerous challenges to the theory, it remains foundational<p>One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein redefined what gravity is, overthrowing his own hero Isaac Newton.<p>Newton had imagined gravity to be a force like any other that pulls on things to get them going. But Einstein wove …

Physics

An Electromagnetic Arms Race Has Begun: China Is Making Railguns Too

A Chinese defense contractor may be on its way to key breakthroughs in railgun weaponry.<p>Railguns are one of the potential game-changing weapons of future war. Instead of using the power of chemical explosives such as gunpowder, a railgun uses electromagnetic force to propel projectiles to …

Military

Six steps to stronger willpower

Besides intelligence, willpower is meant to be the single most important trait for success in life. In our latest SmartList, we explain simple ways to improve your self-control.<p>Intriguingly, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron claims to use this strategy before important meetings. The idea is that …

Why pain feels good

Why exactly do some people enjoy eye-wateringly hot curries, extreme workouts or sadomasochistic sex?<p>His opponent had been known to cause seizures, heart attacks, and even death. But Jason McNabb looked remarkably calm as he entered the arena. The whistle blew. Assault came thick and fast – a …

Why do women live longer than men?

All across the world, women enjoy longer lifespans. David Robson investigates the reasons why, and whether men can do anything about it.<p>As soon as I was born, I was already destined to die earlier than half the babies in my maternity ward – a curse that I can do little to avoid. The reason? My sex. …

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Why do the British drink so much?

From bar furniture to noise levels, modern pubs push consumption to the max – and these design and marketing tricks have affected one generation more than most.<p>I first met alcohol in the late 1980s. It was the morning after one of my parents’ parties. My sister and I, aged nine or 10, were up …

Is MSG as bad as it’s made out to be?

Monosodium glutamate is blamed for a range of nasty side effects. But is there evidence to back up these claims?<p>It used to be called ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’: a collection of symptoms such as headache, nausea and a strange numbness that certain people seem to suffer after a meal of Chinese …

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The First Digital Camera Saved Pictures to a Cassette Tape

And it took 23 seconds to do it.<p>In 1978, long before the digital camera revolution began in earnest, Kodak patented something called the "the electronic still camera." A hulking, hacked together beast, this device was the forefather of all the digital cameras we have today, and it saved its tiny …

How one company is keeping the audio cassette alive

<i>The audio version of this story will be added shortly.</i><p>In a world where streaming audio is quickly becoming the listening method of choice, the sale of hard copy formats should logically decline. That may be the case for CDs, but not so for vinyl. And vinyl isn't the only retro format that's on the …

Scientists Created Single-Molecule Submarines Powered by Light

Step 2: shrink the scientists.<p>Researchers at Rice University have created nanosubmarines: submersibles that are less than 10 nanometers long. The single-molecule subs, each composed of 24 atoms, have motors powered by ultraviolet light that propel them forward 18 nanometers per revolution. This …

Clay Valley Dirt Park, Oh to Harlan, KY - Part Two of Ultimate Adventure 2015!

It's not just hipsters using tapes and floppy disks

Sony recently announced it would stop making Betamax tapes. Many were surprised the format was still used in Japan – but it’s far from the only retro tech clinging on.<p>We live in forward-looking times. From the latest smartphones to ultra high-definition screens, it often feels like gadgets are …

uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible

It must violate the laws of physics. It must be dangerous. It must be impossible. This is what critics have concluded despite not actually knowing the details behind uBeam’s wireless power technology. So rather than let the rumors swirl, today uBeam revealed a bunch of details about how far, how …

Take a tour of the last audio cassette factory in existence

It’s been a couple years since thinkpieces began to emerge about the resurgence of cassette tapes as a medium, and since then the trend has yet to …

Why do babies laugh out loud?

Babies can't possibly get a joke, so what causes their giggles? The answer might reveal a lot about the making of our minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>What makes babies laugh? It sounds like one of the most fun questions a researcher could investigate, but there's a serious scientific reason why Caspar …

Scientists discover an ocean 400 miles beneath our feet that could fill our oceans three times over - ExtremeTech

By on June 17, 2014 at 9:44 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>After decades of theorizing and …

Earth Science

Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World

Most of us old enough to have grown up with cassette tapes have fond memories of recording off the radio, copying albums, or making mix tapes. But we …

Music Industry

Old-School Cassettes Make Comeback as Consumers Yearn for the Antique

They're a thing of the past for many people, but in this iTunes-driven age, there's a longing for the antique sounds of analog found on cassette tapes.<p>That demand is literally music to the ears of those at National Audio Co., which is seeing a surge in requests for classic hits on cassette.<p>"We …