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Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.

Several factors work against this oddly popular idea.<p>Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and …

Solar Panels

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is putting children first

"If you ask me why I’m in politics, my answer will be simple: children," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the audience at Mashable’s …

Jacinda Ardern

14 Exercises to Never Do After Age 50

There’s no reason you can’t get in the best shape of your life after the age of 50, but you should use some caution<p>Or at least to some extent: If …

When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever Made

The gun was so good, the military asked the company to build something else.<p>The .45 caliber pistol, also known as the M1911A1, is one of the most iconic handguns ever made. Perhaps the rarest of this common breed are those made by the Singer Corporation.<p>Best known for manufacturing sewing machines, …

Guns

Famed mathematician claims proof of 160-year-old Riemann hypothesis

One of the most important unsolved problems in mathematics may have been solved, retired mathematician Michael Atiyah is set to claim on Monday. In a …

Mathematics

The Best U.S. National Parks, According to a Couple That Visited Them All

1 of 12<p>Death Valley National Park<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 12<p>Grand Tetons National Park<p>3 of 12<p>Glacier National Park<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 12<p>Badlands National …

National Parks

Satellite Communications [Updated Jun-2018]

This is part of a series describing some of our common boat systems and their operation.<p>We refer to these often not only for our own use, but also …

Windows 10

The math of why it’s so hard to build a spherical Death Star in space

In his book Math With Bad Drawings, Ben Orlin connects abstract math with reality.<p>Opting to build the Death Star in the shape of a sphere may not …

Darth Vader

The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Europe Will Take Your Breath Away

Complete with fairy-tale castles, picturesque seaside retreats, otherworldly natural parks, and charming cities, Europe is full of striking places to …

National Parks

World's first ocean-going solar yacht could cruise indefinitely – if you take it slow

It's quick, it's quiet, and it's covered in 300 square meters (3,229 sq ft) of solar panels. The 78-ft (24-m) electric SolarImpact yacht is a concept …

Yachts

We Now Know Why Great White Sharks Gather In a Mysterious Ocean Void

One of the ocean’s most tantalizing questions has been answered by an expedition to a remote zone in the middle of the Pacific.<p>Marine biologists have solved a fascinating ocean riddle—the purpose of the “white shark cafe,” a remote spot between Hawaii and Baja California, situated in the Pacific …

White Shark

China's Grip on Rare Earths May Have Proven Too Strong for Trump

The U.S. appears to have shelved its plan to levy tariffs on a critical collection of minerals used in everything from hybrid vehicles to electronic …

China

22 Vacations that Will Change Your Life

1 of 22<p>Cooking on the Amalfi Coast<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 22<p>Kayaking Mexico's Sea of Cortez<p>3 of 22<p>Setting Sail in Sausalito<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 22<p>Going Wild …

Amalfi Coast

Portrait of a Cruiser – Geoff and Alison Williams

<b>Names of Owners:</b> Alison and Geoff Williams<b>Nationality:</b> British / New Zealand<b>Boat Name:</b> Saraoni (named after an island in Milne Bay which guards and …

Papua New Guinea

Ocean Signal highlights World Sailing rule requiring crew to carry personal AIS for Category 2 Races

<b>As sailors prepare for the 2019 season, safety at sea leader Ocean Signal is raising awareness about a rule within the 2018-19 World Sailing Offshore</b> …

Regulation

For The First Time, Physicists Have Used Antimatter in One of The Most Famous Physics Experiments

The results were... weird.<p>For the first time, scientists have performed an iconic physics experiment with a positron - the antimatter counterpart of …

Physics

How programming will change over the next 10 years: 5 predictions

A universal language and AI-based systems could revolutionize developer work in the future.<p>Developers working in the field for even just a few years …

New York University

The Cyclades Guide | Goop

Photo Courtesy of Natalie Obradovich<p>When you think of the Greek islands, there are a few images that probably come immediately to mind: the absurdly …

Mykonos

13 Places Where You Can See the Bluest Water in the World

1 of 14<p>Egremnoi, Greece<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 14<p>Crater Lake, Oregon<p>3 of 14<p>Con Son, Vietnam<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 14<p>Devil’s Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin …

National Parks

“Golden Sandwich” Solar Cell Converts 85% Of Sunlight To Electricity

Researchers in Japan have created a photoelectrode that converts 85% of the sunlight striking it into electricity. Think about that for a minute.

Clean Energy

Here’s How to Map an Epic European Road Trip

Innsbruck, Austria<p>Munich, Germany<p>Pag, Croatia<p>Venice, Italy<p>Amalfi, Italy<p>Gozo, Malta<p>Dubrovnik, Croatia<p>Santorini, Thira, Greece<p>Rila Monastery, …

United Kingdom

Boring Company will build a futuristic tunnel garage

The garage will connect to an underground commuter tunnel.<p>The Boring Company has some fairly grand plans when it comes to its tunnelling ambitions. It's proposed a 3.6 mile tunnel from an LA Metro station to Dodger Stadium, and it's recently been selected to build a high-speed transport link in …

Technology

The latest yacht cruising news from around the world

Please select your home edition<p>Edition<p>Show Menu<p>A lot happening.... ...and quite a bit of it is a tad scary. Some of it is also really good news. Read …

Boating

10 Must-Visit Places in Florida That You've Probably Never Heard Of

1 of 11<p>Walkers Landing in Amelia Island<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 11<p>No Name Pub in Big Pine Key<p>3 of 11<p>Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Vero …

Florida

Wikipedia: an important frontier for scientific knowledge

Scientists recognize the importance of communicating about science to the general public. When scientific information reaches outside of the academy, …

Pew Research Center

Turning the Sahara desert into a wind and solar farm might make it green

You’ve probably had a solar-powered calculator since the 1980s, but it’s only been within the past decade or so that the potential of large-scale …

Renewable Energy

Decentralized Microgridding Can Provide 90% of a Neighborhood's Energy Needs, Study Finds

"The new approach could even pave the way for 100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat, and water."<p>A new report funded by the Dutch government finds that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, through the decentralised sharing of energy at the …

Self-sufficiency

Norwegian skipper Are Wiig demonstrates legendary seamanship in the Golden Globe Race 2018

<b>As someone who grew up sailing offshore, I was taught at an early age that one only presses "the button" on their EPIRB or personal locator beacon in</b> …

Sailing

Tesla is helping to power an entire island

Elon Musk’s car and energy company is helping an island run entirely on renewable energy<p>Stand back Richard Branson, Necker Island is <i>so</i> 2017. Elon …

Tesla

Atrium raises $65M from a16z to replace lawyers with machine learning

Let the computers do the legal busy work so attorneys can focus on complex problem solving for their clients. That’s the lucrative idea behind Atrium LTS, Twitch co-founder Justin Kan’s machine learning startup that digitizes legal documents and builds applications on top to speed up fundraising, …

Machine Learning