History in the Making

By Darby Krajicek | World Wide News

Could diesel made from air help tackle climate change?

Making diesel out of thin air sounds like something from science fiction.

But small companies in Germany and Canada are doing precisely this - …

Climate Change

Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

By 2040, 33 countries are expected to face extreme water stress, according to the World Resources Institute, making the race to develop innovative …

Solar Power

Here's why North Korea's decrepit submarine force still freaks out the South

Tensions have been mounting on the Korean peninsula since a North Korean landmine seriously injured two South Korean soldiers on August 4.

That incident led to spiking tensions between the two countries, culminating in limited artillery exchanges and North Korea's placing of its front-line troops on …


Fully Automated Lettuce Factory to Open in Japan - Japan Real Time - WSJ

If you imagine lettuce as a crop planted in a field and tended by farmers, you’re behind the times.

Kyoto-based vegetable factory operator Spread Co. said it will begin construction of what it calls a fully automated large-scale lettuce factory in spring 2016, which will be able to produce 30,000 …


NASA’s self-healing material can take bullets

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For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like …


Robots may eventually replace our Police

With the pace of advancement the artificial intelligence industry is witnessing, it isn’t unreasonable to fear a lot of human jobs will be replaced …


MIT invents 'breakthrough' 3D printer that can print 10 different materials simultaneously

Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have made a breakthrough in the field of 3D printing, …

3D Printing

Energy storage megashift ahead

Batteries undergoing testing (Photo: UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences)

The key role energy storage will play in the electricity grids of the


Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor

(Phys.org)—A trio of physicists with the Autonomous University of Barcelona has built what they claim is the first artificial magnetic wormhole. In …

Cold Fusion

Here's how the US military spends its billions

The US military is unquestionably the dominant force on the planet.

From the greatest advances in technology to a massive network of military alliances, the US military retains a substantial lead over the militaries of every other country on the planet. And the backbone of this military greatness …


The Evolution of America's Energy Supply (1776 - 2014)

The Evolution of America’s Energy Supply (1776 – 2014)

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released data on the history of America’s …


Rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes coming, say MIT-Samsung engineers

Illustration of the crystal structure of a superionic conductor. The backbone of the material is a cubic-like arrangement of sulphur anions (yellow). …


China stocks crash again but global markets recover

Hong Kong (CNN) — China stocks closed sharply lower Tuesday but the damage was largely contained with most major world markets staging a recovery from Monday's selloff.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite declined 7.6%, while the smaller Shenzhen Composite shed 7.2%. The Shanghai index has now crashed …


Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

We’ve seen several transparent solar cell concepts on Inhabitat, but perhaps none with such ambitious claims as those made by SolarWindow …

Renewable Energy

California sinking faster than thought, aquifers could permanently shrink

California is sinking even faster than scientists had thought, new NASA satellite imagery shows.

Some areas of the Golden State are sinking more than 2 inches per month, the imagery reveals. Though the sinking, called subsidence, has long been a problem in California, the rate is accelerating …

California Drought

Should the mammoth become a protected species – to save the elephant?

Thousands of prehistoric mammoth tusks are being dug out of the melting permafrost of the Arctic. They are then shipped to China for the …

Ivory Trade

How Traveling to Deep Space In Cryogenic Sleep Could Actually Work

Our bodies aren’t meant for space. We require too much maintenance to speed through the stars. We need a steady supply of things absent from space — …


Alibaba is now worth only pennies more than its IPO price

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Alibaba fell 3 percent on Friday and were perilously close to breaking below the price set in the largest IPO in history as fears of a China-led global slowdown rattled investors.

A potential move below $68 would make China's largest e-commerce firm the second …

Alibaba Group

Hyperloop project moves closer to reality with new engineering partners

You can keep calling it an ambitious pipe dream, but Elon Musk's brainchild known as the Hyperloop is moving ever closer to reality.

The latest indication that the next-generation transport system should be taken seriously comes from Hyperloop Transportation Technologies' (HTT) announcement of the …


World’s first safe ‘smart drug’ really does boost brain power – scientists

Brain enhancing 'modafinil' is the world’s first safe “smart drug” according to researchers at Oxford University and Harvard Medical School, who confirmed it really does enhance mental performance.

Scientists looked at 24 studies into modafinil, a drug which promotes wakefulness and is used to treat …

The Brain

Google's smart contact lenses just went from concept to reality

Last year we learned that Google was embarking on a project to make smart contact lenses for measuring glucose levels. That project led to the …


Uber Plans To Go Public In 18-24 Months, According To Leaked Presentation

Uber could become a public company as soon as next year or 2016, according to a leaked document published in a report from Reuters.

The news agency gained access to a presentation that Uber is showing to potential investors in China as part of a new funding round for its international business. …


Existence of cosmic neutrinos confirmed by Antarctic scientists

Antarctic scientists have confirmed the existence of cosmic neutrinos – ghostly particles that have traveled from the Milky Way and beyond. These particles carry messages from distant galaxies, and could potentially help solve several cosmic puzzles.

Neutrinos are subatomic particles created by some …


'Nazi gold train found in Polish mountains' could be boobytrapped with mines, officials warn

"Crisis meeting" held in the Polish town of Walbrzych on how best to tackle alleged discovery of a Nazi ghost train carrying gold

Polish authorities have held a crisis meeting in which they warned treasure hunters against trying to unravel the mysteries of a gold-laden train said to have been …

Adolf Hitler

Bacteria With Synthetic DNA Create Protein Never Found In Nature

For when the usual four nucleotides can’t give you what you want

Your DNA, like that of everything else on the planet, is made of four nucleotides: A, C, G, and T. These are like a blueprint that your body reads to produce 20 different amino acids, which combine to make up the proteins that enable …


Former President Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain

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Jimmy Carter

Is it right to invest in Solar Panel? Now you can know before investing in Solar Panels.

Now you have not to worry when you want to invest in solar panel. Because Google has got a good look at your roof, and can tell you if it is worth …

Renewable Energy

Oil meltdown sends stocks sinking

New York (CNN) — Oil prices keep careening lower -- and that's spooking the stock market.

Crude oil fell 4%, sliding below $41 a barrel on Wednesday for the first time since early 2009. The continued meltdown in oil sent energy-related stocks plunging.

The Dow closed the day down 160 points to its …


Thieves punch 76-year-old woman inside Omaha church

An Omaha church is asking for help identifying two people who attacked and robbed a 76-year-old woman right in the church’s entryway.

The attack …