John Rutledge

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Astronomers Discover Planet Where 'Star Trek' Vulcan Supposedly Exists

How the star system 40 Eridani became the location for Vulcan, Spock’s home in the universe, is kind of a funny story. In 1968, science fiction …

Star Trek

Orkney tidal turbine generating 'phenomenal result'

<b>A flagship tidal energy turbine has generated more electricity in its first year than Scotland's entire wave and tidal sector produced before it.</b><p>The Scotrenewables SR2000, with its 2MW turbine, was installed in the sea off Orkney in 2017.<p>It has now generated three gigawatt-hours (GWh) of …

Turbines

Organic solar cells set 'remarkable' energy record

<b>Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells.</b><p>Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.<p>But organic photovoltaics, made …

Clean Energy

Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson

The Canadian psychology professor’s stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline—and deeply vulnerable.<p>Two years ago, I walked downstairs and saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television.<p>“What is that?” I asked.<p>He turned to me earnestly and explained, “It’s a …

9 tips for Americans traveling to Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Ice and volcanic fire long ago sculpted this country into an otherworldly masterpiece, leaving behind a geological time capsule with all sorts of dramatic flourishes:<p>Monstrous craters. Bright blue icebergs. Countless waterfalls. Even bubbling pits of earth spewing steam and …

National Parks

Google Maps now zooms out to a globe instead of a flat Earth

"Greenland's projection is no longer the size of Africa."<p>Google is finished thinking two-dimensionally with Maps and now shows the Earth as a globe rather than a flat "Mercator" projection as before. You won't notice the change when you first open the app, but if you zoom out far enough, you'll …

10 Strong Buy Stocks for Under $10

Just because a stock is cheap doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on quality. These 10 Strong Buy stocks tick all the boxes. True, they are …

Report: Marines lead all services in binge drinking, sex partners

Andrew Dyer<p>A new report from the RAND Corporation analyzed survey data from thousands of active-duty military members and found Marines are more …

The future of search-and-rescue robots might be centaur, not human

A new design shows the benefits of having four legs and two arms<p>What has six legs, four wheels, and two karate-chopping hands? Why, it’s Centauro — a new search-and-rescue robot built by researchers from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.<p>Centauro is the latest experiment by scientists to find the …

Netflix has renewed Altered Carbon for a second season

Anthony Mackie will replace Joel Kinnaman for the lead role of Takeshi Kovacs<p>Netflix’s adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk novel <i>Altered Carbon</i> is getting an eight-episode second season. But when it returns, it’ll have a new actor playing the lead role of Takeshi Kovacs — Joel Kinnaman will …

The World Economy Runs on GPS. It Needs a Backup Plan

Duke Buckner was enjoying his breakfast at the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel, looking out on the city marina, on the day that time stuttered. Buckner …

Watch a Waitress Take Down a Creep Who Groped Her

Justice was served.<p>Getting catcalled and groped is just a daily experience for millions of cis women, as well as trans and non-binary folks. And as much as we'd love to channel our inner <i>Jessica Jones</i> and slam a street harasser's sorry ass into the pavement, most of us are forced to suffer in …

Being near a body of water makes us calmer and healthier, science shows

You drive up to the cottage, park the car and let out the kids. Then, you stop to take in the view, the wind, the smells and the sound of small waves …

ISRO Tested Its Critical Crew Escape Feature At Sriharikota Today

The ISRO estimates to cost upwards of $2.5 billion (Rs 250 crore) and would take about seven to 10 years after it gets clearance.<p><b>Sriharikota, Andhra</b> …

Blue Origin targets moon landing by 2023 as an early step toward lunar settlement

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, is laying out a plan to support the creation of permanent settlements on the …

Business Development

Rocket Engine Designed for Reusable Flights Tested

Triggering a massive cloud of vapor and a roar, officials on Monday test fired a rocket engine designed to be part of a reusable spacecraft that can …

'Firefly' Creator Joss Whedon Reveals Next Comic Will Detail This Key Event

The critically-acclaimed series is back.<p>Brace yourselves, <i>Firefly</i> fans. Joss Whedon’s space-faring epic TV series, cut short after a criminally …

Art Of The Deal: Trump Looks To Trade Cannabis Legalization for Justice Department Nominees

The “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Entrusting States (STATES) Act” doesn’t really sound like a step towards marijuana legalization, but it is. This federal legislation now under consideration, aims to amend the Controlled Substances Act to make marijuana activity legal if it is following local …

Cannabis

5 Money Habits Happy Couples Get Into

Personal finance doesn't have to be a source of conflict in your relationship. Quite the contrary -- it can help keep your relationship going …

NASA seriously wants to send humans to Venus now

Mars and the moon are already at the top of NASA’s prospect list for future human exploration and possibly colonies, but another planet has recently …

Solar Panels

Greening the Future of Outer Space

The Outer Space Treaty—written in 1967 and signed by all the major world powers—is the closest thing we have to a constitution for space. For a …

International Law

US disregards Beijing's nonsense, says it can take down South China Sea islands

The US issued a stark warning to Beijing on Thursday, as Chinese militarization of the South China Sea creates a potential flashpoint in a longstanding battle for control of the Pacific.<p>For years, Beijing has dredged the South China Sea to build artificial islands in waters it claims as its …

California needs to stop saying everything causes cancer

Coffee is just the beginning.<p>You may have heard that coffee gives you cancer. Or that <i>everything</i> gives you cancer—if you live in California.<p>The reason: Proposition 65. It’s a California state law that requires businesses with 10 or more employees to provide reasonable warning about the use of any …

NASA's New Parker Probe Will Skim the Sun's Surface

Early on Easter Sunday, around 4 am local time, a C-17 transport plane carrying a cargo worth $1.5 billion will take off from Joint Base Andrews near …

What Critics Don't Understand About Gun Culture

I carry a weapon—and it’s tied me closer to my community.<p>My wife knew something was amiss when the car blocked our driveway. She was outside our house, playing with our kids on our trampoline, when a car drove slowly down our rural Tennessee street. As it reached our house, it pulled partially in …

Guns

The Falcon Heavy test flight included a copy of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels

A single man who successfully plans the long-term future of human civilization through the course of his own singular vision surely isn’t a metaphor for anything here<p>SpaceX has just successfully launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, and just before launch, the company revealed on …

New method efficiently generates hydrogen from water

Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water—an important key to making clean energy …

NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a habitat on Mars

The compact system can reliably generate power, a must for distant space travel.<p>Everyone from Elon Musk to Donald Trump wants to send a crewed mission to Mars in the not too distant future, but there are quite a few problems that need to be solved before we can achieve that goal. A major one is the …

Space Travel

German Idea to Fight Anti-Semitism: Make Immigrants Tour Concentration Camps

Alarmed by displays of anti-Semitism among new immigrants to Germany, a German politician has offered a novel idea that appears to be gaining traction: required visits to Nazi concentration camp memorials.<p>The idea, proposed by Sawsan Chebli, a Berlin state legislator of Palestinian heritage, …

Anti-Semitism

Top U.S. Military Adviser Says ISIS Fighters Will Be Beaten to Death With Shovels

The U.S. military’s top enlisted leader warned ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria on social media they will be shot in the face or beaten to …