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NASA spotted a vast, glowing 'hydrogen wall' at the edge of our solar system

There's a "hydrogen wall" at the edge of our solar system, and NASA scientists think their New Horizons spacecraft can see it.<p>That hydrogen wall is the outer boundary of our home system, the place where our sun's bubble of solar wind ends and where a mass of interstellar matter too small to bust …

Space

A miniature robot army (from the people who brought you the Internet)

When the big one hits, robots will play a crucial role in recovery. DARPA thinks they may be more effective if they're tiny.<p>What happens when the …

Robotics

Gold ‘glitter’ reveals defects in 3D printing

Researchers have developed a technique in which gold “shines” inside 3D printed parts to highlight any problems.<p>“This is one of the first …

Spin dynamics suggest 2 exoplanets really are Earth-ish

Two exoplanets thought to be similar to Earth apparently are, at least when it comes to climate, research into spin dynamics shows.<p>Kepler-186f is the …

Beryl Becomes 'Very Tiny' First Hurricane Of Atlantic Season

It may be tiny, but Beryl is scrappy.<p>The Category 1 hurricane, the first of the 2018 Atlantic season, strengthened from a tropical depression to a hurricane within 24 hours, surprising specialists who dubbed it "Brazen Beryl."<p>By midday Friday, Beryl was churning about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser …

Rainfall

Spiders fly on the currents of Earth’s electric field

Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind …

This week's record-breaking heat has human fingerprints all over it

Climate change is already here.<p>Soaring temperatures shattered records from Ottawa to Oman this week, as the Northern Hemisphere endured an oppressive hot spell. A heat dome cooked much of the eastern United States and parts of Canada, setting all-time temperature records in New Hampshire, Vermont, …

For The First Time, Scientists Achieve 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>In June 2017, physicists achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature for the first time ever, making this …

Clouds Are No Problem for New Bacteria-Powered Solar Panels

A pretty useful trick.<p>Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new kind of solar cell that can convert sunlight into electricity, but instead of using electronics like most solar cells, this particular invention relies on bacteria.<p>Many bacteria are already capable of …

Clean Energy

Scientists Fear 'Slow Earthquakes' Will Lead To The Next Big California Quake

The next big California earthquake has concerned scientists and California residents for decades. Now, recent research points to the regular occurrence of “slow earthquakes” as increasing the risk of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake.<p>The San Andreas fault is one of the most closely watched and …

Contractors to repair $1B leak 55 stories under NYC

Dive Brief:<p>Crews led by Omaha-based infrastructure heavy hitter Kiewit-Shea and a tunnel boring machine dubbed Nora, according to the Times …

Construction underway at Australia’s largest, possibly cheapest wind farm

Construction underway at Goldwind's 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria, one of Australia's biggest and cheapest wind projects.

The US has added more solar power than any other type of electricity in 2018 so far — more evidence of an energy revolution

The US added more solar power than any other type of electricity in the first quarter of 2018.<p>According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a nonprofit group, the US solar market added 2.5 gigawatts of new capacity in the first three months of 2018, up 13% from the …

Coal's 20-Year Reign Masks a Brewing Revolution

BP’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy, released Wednesday, contains a chart that could leave environmentalists feeling somewhat flat (much like the lines):<p>Flat Earth<p>BP's chart of the world's sources of electricity generation shows little apparent movement over the past 20 years, despite …

Fossil Fuels

This LEED Gold wastewater treatment center is helping a community rethink poo

As anyone who’s been to a community meeting knows, the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) syndrome is often a frustrating roadblock. So when Vancouver-based …

Maryland Town Turns Down Free Energy For Life From Wind Farm

In yet another example of green energy looking a little less attractive in reality than in theory, a resort town in the blue state of Maryland has …

Amazon's DeepLens AI learning camera is now on sale for $250

Amazon is now shipping the $250 DeepLens camera it unveiled in November to help developers create AI image recognition apps and models. Though it looks pretty underwhelming, there's a fair amount of power in the smallish body. The camera 4-megapixel camera can shoot 1080p video, and the …

Musk's Boring Company wins bid to build high-speed system in Chicago

(Reuters) - The City of Chicago has selected billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's The Boring Company to build a high-speed underground commuter system from the Loop to O'Hare International Airport, one of the world's busiest, media reported on Wednesday.<p>The system will be comprised of 16-passenger …

Los Angeles

10 Easy Pieces: Illuminated Pavers

Illuminated pavers sit flush with the surface of a driveway or path, discreetly hiding their powers until the sun goes down. Unlike bollards or …

Landscaping

Morocco is building a giant thermosolar farm in the Sahara Desert

An amazing transformation has taken place on the dunes below Morocco’s sun-blasted High Atlas mountains.<p>Against the yellow sand thousands of curved …

Cities are 3-D printing their way to more sustainable futures

A mesmerizing process of tiny particles shooting out of a robotic device and sticking to each other, layer after layer, is expected to revolutionize …

3D

Catching a Breeze

America's belated push to develop offshore wind energy<p><i>This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of</i> The American Prospect. <i>Subscribe here.</i><p>Three …

Renewable Energy

Sweden's King Embraces Solar With Panels on His Stockholm Palace

Workers this week started to install solar panels on the royal palace in central Stockholm. Over 600 units will be mounted on the roof over the next …

Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro Named Again in Time's 100 Most Influential People List

Architect Elizabeth Diller of firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has once again been named one of TIME’s most influential people in 2018. TIME Magazine’s …

Architecture

Passive Solar Design in Structural Engineering

Introduction to passive solar housing design and the role of structural engineers in passive solar home design

Engineering

China develops fire-resistant building material

Dive Brief:<p>Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China have unveiled a new fire-resistant material, capable of standing up to …

Engineering

This blooming solar system harvests energy from the sun like a flower

'Smartflower' claims to be the world's first "intelligent energy plant." It's a solar system that unfolds its giant solar panel petals in the morning …

Nintendo unveils Labo, DIY cardboard add-ons for the Switch

If you thought <i>Minecraft</i> was the best thing for kids on the Switch, get ready for Nintendo to (once again) blow your mind. Behold Labo, a set of DIY tools built on cardboard sheets that turns the console into a powerhouse of play. Make a piano, with the Switch's screen for music! No, wait, a …

Nintendo Labo

A Billion-Dollar Investment in New York’s Water

New Yorkers like to brag about their tap water. Not only is it safe to swill, but it has even been called the “champagne of drinking water.”<p>Now, New York City has committed $1 billion to protect the nation’s largest municipal water system as part of a far-reaching 115-page agreement with state …

Rotational 3D printing spins out stronger structures

Harvard engineers have demonstrated a new 3D printing technique that allows the arrangement of short fibers in the printed material to be finely …

3D Printing