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Miracle electronics material could help create clean water

A material said to be around 1 million times thinner than paper could one day help us create clean water.<p>Graphene, a layer of graphite one atom …

As rain pummels California, some see a way to fight drought

Much of California’s rain washed away<p>Much of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California last week flowed right into the ocean, just as downpours did before the state’s epic drought.<p>That approach once seemed like a good idea, as storm drains provided a defense against flooding. But with …

El Niño

Researchers Teach Robots To Fall Over Gracefully When Shoved

The delicate art of not breaking into a million pieces<p>It takes skill to fall with grace. Not in a metaphorical sense, but in a very real one: emerging relatively unharmed after a tumble is a skill human have and can refine that robots lack innately, often to comical effect. New research by Georgia …

This Device Turns Any Gun Into An Anti-Drone Ray

The DroneDefender is a 10-lb add-on for electronic warfare<p>The Battelle DroneDefender is a rifle made for electronic warfare, as first reported by <i>Motherboard</i>. The gun looks like a hodgepodge of science fiction props strapped together. Despite its appearance, it’s not made to fire any projectile. …

Kibo iOS App Lets You Hide Messages In Your Messages

Just when you thought the wonderful world of digital messaging couldn’t get any more rich and layered, along comes another app to prove there are more ideas in the digital sphere than can be contained within the average web user’s philosophy… Just don’t call Kibo a messaging app. It is in fact an …

The ad blocking controversy, explained

The internet is suddenly awash in commentary about ad blocking and ad blockers. The genre that reached its apogee in Casey Johnston's ad blocker thinkpiece for The Awl — which was, in turn, inspired by things like Marco Arment's commentary on the ethics of ad blocking, Matthew Ingram's …

Air Force to Have Lasers on Its Fighters by 2020

Cheap and powerful, directed-energy weapons pods could be mounted on jets just five years from now.<p>The Navy has a seaborne deathlaser on patrol in the Gulf Coast, futuristic railguns in testing, and wants better versions of both in the next five years. Meanwhile, the Air Force isn't slacking; it's …

Aerospace

Atlas, the new home for charts and data

Today we are thrilled to launch Atlas, a new platform for discovering and sharing great charts. You can find it at atlas.qz.com.<p>This is a big step forward for Quartz and, we hope, all of you. Atlas deepens our journalism by offering readers better access to the data and visualizations in so many of …

Data Visualization

Inside The Mind That Built Google Brain: On Life, Creativity, And Failure

<i>(Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty)</i><p>Here's a list of universities with arguably the greatest computer science programs: Carnegie Mellon, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. These are the same places, respectively, where Andrew Ng received his bachelor's degree, his master's, his Ph.D., and has taught for 12 …

This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- <i></i>adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more.<p>Suppose we have a …

Mathematics

Adventures in Laser Kerf Bending

If you're going to go curved, you may as well go pretty<p>When Shaun Crampton designed a bentwood housing for his self-built radio receiver, he didn't …

Woodworking

How one California farmer is battling the worst drought in 1,200 years

On a warm March afternoon, farmer Cannon Michael walks alongside wheat fields adjacent to his house in Los Banos, in California’s Central Valley. Most of these fields won’t be watered again this year.<p>“Wheat’s not a glamorous crop, but it makes a lot of bread,” Michael quips.<p>This wheat, though, …

US Geological Survey

Bill Gates recommended these 6 books for TED 2015

Bookworms have a kindred spirit in Bill Gates, who releases a reading list of his favorite books a few times a year.<p>He recently wrote a list of …

The science behind the fish deaths

Up to 600 tonnes of fish from 55 farms here have been lost because of an algal bloom in recent weeks. A plankton bloom last year cost 53 farms about …

New Artificial Lighting Tricks Human Brain into Seeing Sunlight

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ]Access to natural daylight has long been one of the biggest limiting factors in building design – …

Urbanism

How Much Is Apple Really Paying For Power In Its $850M Solar Deal?

<i>Does it make sense for Apple to lock in electricity prices at twice the going rate?</i><p>You heard the news already: <b>Apple Computer</b> is teaming up with <b>First Solar</b> to invest $850 million on a 2,900-acre, 280 megawatt solar farm in Monterey County, Calif. Everyone other than the owls, lizards and <b>San Joaquin</b> …

Renewable Energy

Lubrication involves some interesting points. The effective viscosity of oil would be higher and higher in proportion as we went down (and if we …

The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

<i>Today’s post is c0-contributed by Mr. Tay, a friend of ReefBuilders and one of my best fish buddies in Singapore. Mr. Tay is known online by his</i> …

A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance

The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right.<p>Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in the 1940s, bacteria have evolved to counteract our efforts. They are now winning. There are strains of …

Microbiology

Most Popular Clever Uses and MacGyver Tips of 2014

This was a great year for being clever and coming up with different tricks you can do with things around the house. The right tools should be used …