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Solar power: What happens when we start producing more electricity than we can consume?

While Australia leads the world in the use of rooftop solar power, some experts say there could soon be too much power coming online — and …

The Little Secrets Behind Apple’s Green Data Centers - MIT Technology Review

Apple this week said that all of its data centers are powered by renewable energy. How Apple achieved that impressive goal reflects the complexity of …

Tesla sends Powerwall batteries to Puerto Rico

<b>The company quietly helps rebuild the island's electrical systems.</b><p>According to tweets from the President of the United States, "The electric power …

Musk Wants to Build a Rocket That Will Get You Anywhere on Earth in an Hour

Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has long dreamed of creating a human colony on Mars, is planning to build a new rocket ship code named “BFR” capable of …

A Secret Of Gothic Architecture Could Revolutionize Buildings Today

The geometry of centuries-old architecture is being repurposed to make modern design better.<p>Concrete is typically the default building material for tall structures, thanks to its strength and cost-effectiveness. But there’s one big trade-off: Heft. Conventional concrete construction requires …

Apple’s new file system: Who cares?

<i>Who on Earth regards a computer’s file system as anything more than a bland office worker? But if we dig a little deeper there’s a story to be told, one that concerns the future of Apple’s widening array of operating system versions and hardware devices.</i><p>While the file system is a computer’s most …

MacBook Air

7 ‘apartment-in-a-box’ designs for tiny spaces

Small living, made easy<p>As micro apartments become ever more prevalent in cities around the world, architects and designers seem to have grasped firmly onto one idea: the “all-in-one” furniture solution that combines multiple functions into one module. The premise is simple. By tucking in everything …

MIT study says 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace every cab in New York City

All 13,000 taxis in New York City could be replaced by a fleet of 3,000 ride-sharing cars if used exclusively for carpooling, according to research published today by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Instead of hailing taxis, passengers that use ride-sharing …

Artificial Intelligence

Tesla powers a whole island with solar to show off its energy chops

Tesla completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity this week, and, to celebrate, the company has announced a major solar energy project: wiring up the whole island of Ta’u in American Samoa. Previously, the island ran on diesel generators, but over the past year Tesla has installed a …

Clean Energy

The Man Who Wouldn't Wait for Mars

Stephen Petranek says the Red Planet isn't the ultimate goal for manned missions. It's the logical place to start.<p>Stephen Petranek thinks we should …

Inside the Quest for a Real ‘Star Trek’ Warp Drive

It may be a while before starship captains can race across the galaxy, but engineers and physicists have a few ideas for making it so.<p>Within the <i>Star Trek</i> universe, traveling across the galaxy is a breeze thanks to the famed warp drive. This fictional technology allows humans and other civilizations …

Off Center Pivot Door and 45 Seconds

The process of entering your house is important. There is a sequence of events that should happen from the time someone arrives at the curb and makes …

Woodworking

The New York That Could Have Been

If there is a plaque commemorating the location of the entrance to Alfred Ely Beach’s pneumatic railway, built in secret below 265 Broadway, in lower Manhattan, the writer Sam Lubell and I did not find it on a ninety-degree day in August. Once upon a time, the basement of this building across from …

Asgardia: Probably Not Humanity's Protector

Having a nation in space sounds like a great idea, but as Earth's protector, Asgardia's mission isn't particularly clear.<p>At first glance, the …

Star Trek

Is Bjarke Ingels' Via West 57 really "sustainable and resilient"?

Everybody loves Bjarke Ingels, the hottest starchitect of them all right now; he is young, talented, charming and cranking out buildings everywhere. …

The Irony Of Apple’s War On Design Theft

In a recent podcast, all-star designer Michael Bierut discusses why he doesn’t stand with Apple.<p>Because of a zany series of precedents dating back over a century, Samsung was forced to pay Apple $548 million for lifting elements of the iPhone’s design for their Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The …

Will Elon Musk's Master Plan reinvent our cities?

Elon Musk's new Master Plan Part Deux includes solar roofs, big batteries, and autonomous electric cars, buses and trucks; Derek covered it earlier …

Smart Cities

Denver Development and Controversial Impact of "Slot Houses"

Such reactions are of particular interest to CU Denver's Christine Franck. The director of the Center for Advanced Research and Traditional …

Elon Musk | Full interview | Code Conference 2016

Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.<p>Power prices actually went negative for several hours, …

Renewable Energy

To Make Buildings More Sustainable, Put Water Pipes on the Outside

A design model from two Carnegie Mellon students couples environmental conservation with a striking aesthetic.<p>Residential water pipes are often overlooked as a key component of urban infrastructure, with the ongoing Flint water crisis serving as perhaps the most egregious example. One major factor …

Architecture

Astronaut Scott Kelly would spend another year in space—if only for the exhilarating last 20 minutes of the mission

Astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko successfully returned to Earth today (Mar. 2) after spending nearly a year in space. In the process, Kelly has set the record for having spent the longest time in space for an American. Aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Kelly orbited the …

Space Science

We’ll never learn more about space unless we build a starship

With a growing number of Earth-like exoplanets discovered in recent years, it is becoming increasingly frustrating that we can’t visit them. After all, our knowledge of the planets in our own solar system would be pretty limited if it weren’t for the space probes we’d sent to explore them.<p>The …

Space Travel

Tesla’s home battery is finally rolling out. First stop: Australia

According to Nick Pfitzner, the Tesla Powerwall is "a thing of beauty."<p>Pfitzner, who lives in Sydney's Hills District, was one of the first …

This Tesla analyst has an incredibly out-there thesis about the company's future

Maybe the best known of these is Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas, who has been known to crack Tesla CEO Elon Musk up with questions about whether the company is preparing for a world in which cars drive themselves and Uber rules.<p>But Jonas isn't alone. Another analyst who seems mostly unconcerned by the …

Tesla

Withings' infrared thermometer adds fevers to your quantified self data

A smart thermometer designed for children and adults<p>Withings is known for elegant and smart takes on simple household products — a baby monitor, a scale, a smartwatch. You can now add thermometer to that list. The company's new Thermo thermometer, shown off here at the Consumer Electronics Show in …

OWNING A MODEL X: Mark Templeton’s impressions!

<b>Credits: All photos and videos were taken by Mark Templeton and we have his written permission to publish here.</b><p><i>Mark Templeton is well known for his</i> …

Elon Musk says tax-free carbon is “the dumbest experiment in history”

We know Elon Musk cares about climate change: He’s spent years building up a car company that offers an alternative to gasoline and diesel vehicles; he’s a massive proponent of battery technology; and he’s chairman of a large solar energy company.<p>Now, he’s taken the stage at the Sorbonne, speaking …

Fossil Fuels

Tesla is a game-changer for this mineral

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's goal is to be building 500,000 electric-vehicles (EV) by 2020. With this planned production rate in the latter half of the decade, Tesla alone will require today's entire worldwide production of lithium-ion batteries. There are two primary raw materials necessary to build …

Clean Energy