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3 of Nature’s Greatest Mysteries May Be Solved Thanks to Quantum Biology

Quantum mechanics is known for weird occurrences and bizarre outcomes. Consider superposition where a particle can be in two places at once, while …

Extreme Weather
Oprah Winfrey

Battery breakthrough charges in seconds, lasts for a week

Illustration representing the novel design of a hybrid supercapacitor, showing bundles of nanowires (blue) coated with 2D energy-storage materials …


The Fact and Fiction of the NASA EmDrive Paper Leak

Mach effect pioneer James Woodward breaks down the significance of a leaked paper detailing the successful test run of NASA’s 'impossible engine.'<p>If humanity ever wants to truly explore the outer reaches of our solar system or travel to other stars, we're going to have to build a better engine for …


How Many Wind Turbines Would We Need to Power The Planet?

Spoiler: a lot.<p>Wind energy is a deeply underrated resource. Though the US invested $14.5 billion in wind-power projects last year, wind farms still …

Renewable Energy

Jill Stein: The Best Way to Boost the Economy Is by Saving the Planet

Our nation—and our world—face a perfect storm of economic and environmental crises that threaten not only the global economy, but life on Earth as we …

Private Sector

20 reasons why Reinhold Messner is the world's greatest living man

To mark World Mountain Day, we're paying homage to (probably) the coolest person on Earth right now. Here's why we love him:<p>1. He was the first man to climb every mountain over 8,000 metres<p>There are 14 peaks on Earth with summits in the “death zone”, above 8,000 metres (26,000 feet). Just over 30 …

Every map of Louisiana is a lie — what it really looks like should scare you

In 2014, "Matter" published an investigative piece on the state of Louisiana. What's so interesting about it? Well, its coastline is sinking faster than all the other contiguous 47 states, combined, which means what Louisiana actually looks like is completely false to what your grade school map …


Breaking Ground on a Bold New Vision to Address Climate Change: Restoring North America's Amazon

<b>On November 4, the historic Paris Agreement for global action on climate change will enter into force, catalyzing collective action by governments, civil society organizations, and businesses to collaborate on building a 2°C future.</b><p>"Now we must move from words to deeds and put Paris into action," …


Eco-friendly tiny house offers reclaimed style and drawbridge deck

It’s a special one<p>Today in rad brand extensions, Canadian green living blog Greenmoxie has unveiled their 340-square-foot, off-grid tiny house on wheels that is now available for purchase. Originally intended as an one-off project for readers to book on Airbnb, the now commercialized model … is coming soon

Building a better ‘burb: The race to design a sustainable suburbia is also making the suburbs kind of cool

Ecological concerns have led to a long overdue look at the design of suburbs. The results could be revolutionary<p>Suburbia is an easy target. But its problems run deeper than disillusioned housewives waking up from their American dreams in cookie-cutter colonials. Suburban living is not …

Urban Design

Climate Change And The Astrobiology Of The Anthropocene

You can't solve a problem until you understand it. When it comes to climate change, on a fundamental level we don't really understand the problem.<p>For some time now, I've been writing about the need to broaden our thinking about climate. That includes our role in changing it — and the profound …

Climate Change

Lake Erie can get extremely violent and these are the photos to prove it

Lake Erie may be the warmest and shallowest of North America's Great Lakes, but it's more beast than beauty. The world's 12th largest lake is notoriously stormy and has been known to pound boats, break walls, and beaches with waves reaching 25 feet.<p>While gusts of wind over 50 miles per hour might …

Lake Erie

This Farm In A Box Can Grow As Much Lettuce As An Acre Of Land

Who needs a green thumb when you have the CropBox, which grows your plants automatically, and can be adjusted with a smartphone.<p>For any would-be farmers who aren’t quite ready to move to the country and commit to years of back-breaking labor, here’s another option: Now you can rent a farm in a …