Nathan Murdock

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50 Impressive Details Using Wood

Over the course of history the unique characteristics of wood, which are dependent upon the species of the tree and the location in which it has …

UC Berkeley

Top 10 Winter Home Improvements and their Costs – DIY Home Improvement Ideas

Now is the ideal time for making some improvements around the house to make sure it’s ready to handle the cold weather, snowstorms, and other …

Home Improvement

The man behind the nation’s most litigious patent troll has spoken

"We never seek personal attacks or personal discomfort toward anyone!"<p>Since 2006, hundreds of US businesses have received letters informing them that …

American Cities

Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help …

3tags.org

Why People Quit Their Jobs

Paul Garland<p>Imagine that you’re looking at your company-issued smartphone and you notice an e-mail from LinkedIn: “These companies are looking for candidates like you!” You aren’t necessarily searching for a job, but you’re always open to opportunities, so out of curiosity, you click on the link. A …

Lightweight rotor blades made from plastic foams for offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind turbines are becoming ever larger, and the transportation, installation, disassembly and disposal of their gigantic rotor blades are …

Here's Why Software Patents Are in Peril After the Intellectual Ventures Ruling

The end may be in sight for software patents—which have long been highly controversial in the tech industry—in the wake of a remarkable appeals court …

How Experts Can Help a General Audience Understand Their Ideas

When you’re presenting to people in your field, it’s OK to use specialized terms and acronyms, because they’ll be comprehended quickly. But for everyone else, you need to take a different approach. Communication methods that would impress your peers may ostracize a broader audience — and reduce the …

540: Email: Is It Time To Just Ban It?

Apple, Home Depot Turn to Bloom Energy As Its Tech Advances

When Apple’s new massive campus, dubbed the Spaceship, opens for thousands of its employees next year in Cupertino, Calif., a small part of it will …

Permian Basin Break-Even Price Is $61: The Best Of A Bad Lot

The break-even price for Permian basin tight oil plays is about $61 per barrel (Table 1). That puts Permian plays among the lowest cost significant supply sources in the world. Although that is good news for U.S. tight oil plays, there is a dark side to the story.<p>Just because tight oil is low-cost …

Oil & Gas Industry

"Hourglass" Coal-Killing Steampunk Energy Storage System Could Pump More Wind, Solar Into Grid

<b>Published on</b> May 26th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>14<p>“Hourglass” Coal-Killing Steampunk Energy Storage System Could Pump More Wind, Solar Into Grid<p>May 26th, …

Chemists create battery technology with off-the-charts charging capacity

University of California, Irvine researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, …

Breakthroughs

‘Tesla for Boats’: Seattle startup Pure Watercraft launches quiet, convenient electric outboards

Andy Rebele — investor, entrepreneur, and avid boater — enjoys a challenge. In 2011, Rebele founded Seattle-based Pure Watercraft to bring electric …

6 common legal mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them

<i>This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital</i> …

Solar-powered Watly provides internet, energy, and drinking water for Ghana residents

When it comes to renewable energy in developing nations, sometimes a solid multitasker is the way to go. That’s the idea behind the Watly system, a …

Unicorns fall short on fighting patent trolls

When it comes to dealing with patent trolls, we’re seeing a big difference between how the tech giants (Apple, Google, etc.) handle the problem and how unicorns do. And it’s the unicorns that are playing a worse hand.<p>Although about a third of unicorns have been sued for patent infringement, only a …

MIT Developed a Nontoxic Way of Generating Portable Power

Batteries are powering our everyday electronic devices, but they have a lot of toxic materials in them, and the like of lithium can be hard to get …

Clean Energy

The Parade of Horribles: 39 Simple Things That Can Destroy Any Company | Inc.com

There is really only one way to get rich if you weren't lucky enough to be born into money. You can't work for someone else. You have to launch your own business.<p>Yet, the vast majority of new businesses ultimately fail. Fortunately, they generally fail for the same reasons.<p>The folks at Technorian, …

Small Business

Physicists prove energy input predicts molecular behavior

The world within a cell is a chaotic space, where the quantity and movement of molecules and proteins are in constant flux. Trying to predict how …

Physics

Look at the Monster Magnet Made for America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Now this is a gadget. Just look at the 6-megawatt direct-drive generator, equipped with a huge permanent magnet rotor: it was designed by General …

How Electricity Storage Could Make Or Break Power Utilities

Electric utilities have been through the wringer the last few years, and while some have weathered it better than others, all have come out with bruises. That’s the bad news. The good news is that utilities have the benefit of hindsight – they can learn the lessons from the past. Evidence suggests …

Renewable Energy

Safe lithium-metal batteries with graphene

Recently, researchers at Tsinghua University, China have proposed a graphene-based nanostructured lithium metal anode for lithium metal batteries to …

Graphene

7 tips for raising startup capital, from a founder who's been doing it for 18 years

The next time I tried, for BzzAgent, nearly 200 investors told us to go screw. Most thought using real people to generate word of mouth about products and services was a generally dumb idea (this was a pre-social network world, after all) so we had to build the company to nearly $3 million in …

Machine that 'unboils' eggs may help fight cancer

<b>A machine that can "unboil" protein-rich egg whites, winning an Ig Nobel Prize in 2015, may also have important medical applications, its inventor says.</b><p>Prof Colin Raston, a chemist from Flinders University in South Australia, has discovered that his Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD) can also slice tiny …

Cheniere Learns About Technological Uncertainty: Lessons For All Businesses

In 2008, Cheniere Energy of Houston spent two billion dollars building a facility to import liquefied natural gas. Common projections at the time showed declining North American production of oil and natural gas, helping the price of natural gas in the United States to hit $14 per thousand cubic …

Natural Gas