Adam Schmidt

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Vanadium: The Metal That Stores Energy

Vanadium may be the next big thing when it comes to battery power. Battery charge has improved a lot in the last few years, but vanadium may be able …

Clean Energy

Why Can't We Fire Electrons Across Space For Wireless Power?

<i>My understanding of how old tube-type televisions worked is that a “gun” at the back of the tube – the cathode – fired electrons at the screen. So, my question is, if it is possible to “fire electrons” through space, why is it not easy to transmit electrical power wirelessly?</i><p>Your understanding of …

Wireless Charging

12 Pro Techniques Every Serious Home Cook Should Know

We asked some of our favorite chefs for twelve essential techniques, plus advice on fearlessly frying, flipping, seasoning, and more.<p><i>Welcome to Cook Like a Pro, in which we ask some of our favorite chefs for their essential techniques, along with advice on fearlessly frying, flipping, seasoning,</i> …

Cooking

A College Student Has 3D-Printed His Own Braces For Less Than $60

Awesome idea... in theory.<p>A digital design student in New Jersey went viral over the weekend after 3D-printing his very own set of clear, orthodontic …

Baby Nessie Tea Gadget Is Born, To Delight Of Nessie Fans Everywhere

RAWR.<p>Every once in a while, we discover a kitchen gadget of legendary proportions.<p>Such is the case with Baby Nessie, the adorable Loch Ness Monster lookalike who brews your tea in the most adorably genius way possible:<p>Simply stick loose-leaf tea into Baby Nessie's cute silicone body, and send her …

Shopping

Rotating homes follow the sun, produce 5 times the energy they use

You've heard of solar panels that track the sun, but how about entire houses that do the same? Casas em Movimento from Portugal have now designed …

Clean Energy

VW's BUDD-e electrifies the iconic Microbus with a 373-mile driving range

In the early 2000’s Volkswagen teased Microbus fans with the prospect of launching an all-electric VW van. That dream just got a whole lot closer, as …

Electric Vehicles

7 Facts You Didn't Know About Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years ago today, America was changed forever.<p>Sure, we all know the date and the famous quote (Dec. 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy") and, of course, the implications and significance (more than 2,000 Americans were killed in the attack, which launched the U.S. into World War …

Pearl Harbor

The US has spent $150 million on luxury villas in Afghanistan

In a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter released on Thursday, John Sopko, the head of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), questioned why the office tasked with rebuilding the economies in Iraq and Afghanistan spent about one fifth of its budget on external …

50 Super Smart Books For Everyone On Your List

There's nothing quite as surefire as the gift of a good book, but weeding through the many titles on bookstore shelves and in online stores can be …

Books

5 Marketing Principles Every Entrepreneur Should Know

<i>As you build your startup from scratch, be aware of these five basic marketing principles.</i><p>Building a company isn't easy. You need to maintain consistent operations while steadily growing your customer base, but how can you get more customers if the vast majority of your target audience hasn't ever …

These Are Mathematical Sets

The following images look like animals, but they are not drawings. These are actually connected subsets of the plane. I have defined these sets by some families of circles which are related to trigonometric functions. In addition to the images in this post, you can see some images made by drawing …

5 Food Labels All Meat-Eaters Should Understand

<b>By Well+GOOD</b><p>If you're a health-minded carnivore, you've probably found yourself standing in a grocery aisle, holding two options in your hands and puzzling over the labels.<p><i>What, exactly, does free-range mean again?</i> You pause for a moment, and turn to the other package before wondering, And is …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's best quotes may make you fall in love with science all over again

But deGrasse Tyson also has a serious side, which he reveals time and again in his books, shows, Twitter page, and popular science articles.<p>Often, deGrasse Tyson's humor strikes a serious chord that not only makes us laugh but also think. As a popular science educator, deGrasse Tyson is out to …

10 Paradoxes That Will Boggle Your Mind

A paradox is a statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for …

139 Countries Could Get All of their Power from Renewable Sources

Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi have done it again. This time they’ve spelled out how 139 countries can each generate all the energy needed for …

MIT scientists have charted a course for Mars that they say beats NASA's by a landslide

(Fox)<br>NASA wants to send its astronauts to Mars, but first it should make a brief detour to the moon, according to a group of MIT researchers.<p>It's a …

This Story About Marshmallows Explains How Mark Zuckerberg Gets Stuff Done

Between building drones that can beam Internet signals from the sky and investing in the future of virtual reality, it’s fair to say that Facebook …

10 stunning space missions you've never heard of

Introduction<p>2015 has been a great year for space exploration. Astronomers landed the Philae probe on a comet, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter found …

Map: All 50 States Reimagined as Food Puns

Pun enthusiasts will recall that we've covered Chris Durso's Foodnited States of America before. Now the project, which was inspired by Durso's young …

The White House wants to poach 500 elite tech recruits from companies like Google and Facebook by the end of 2016 — here's how they plan to do it

"If you're an impact junkie, this is your Mt. Everest," former US chief technology officer and White House tech adviser Todd Park said at the Fast Company Innovation Festival last week.<p>After rebooting the troubled Healthcare.gov site by bringing in a small task force from the private tech sector, …

10 Quotes That Capture The Horror And Complexity Of Paris Attacks

The terrorist attacks shook the world, producing shocked, saddened and angry responses.<p>A series of coordinated terrorist attacks that left at least 129 dead and 99 critically injured in Paris on Friday night has sparked mass outrage, angst and grief. The attacks have also led to questions about the …

Terrorism

A father and son who survived the Paris theater massacre describe what it was like inside: 'There was no chance of anyone being a hero'

They described what it was like inside the Bataclan, and what they remembered of the shooters to CNN's senior international correspondent, Clarissa Ward.<p>At first, Leader says he thought the shots were fireworks. Moments later, everyone threw themselves on the floor.<p>"We heard this bang, bang, bang, …

The British Columbian Wilderness and the Baddest Water Filter Ever Built

300 miles north of Vancouver lies the Great Bear Rainforest. It’s a huge, rugged, chunk of land with ample diversity of scenery, and the best part is …

The favorite foods and eccentric eating habits of 9 ruthless dictators

Cobra stew. Hallucinogenic root bark. KFC. These were favorite meals of some 20th-century dictators.<p>In "Dictators' Dinners: A Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants," Victoria Clark and Melissa Scott offer astonishing insights into dictators' table manners, food vices, and fears of poisonings. …

You Really Can See Russia From Your House (Plus 9 Other Surprising Distances)

Maps are generally informative, often useful, and occasionally really pretty, but they rarely tell the whole story. Below, a few unexpected …

Why Don't American Students Go on Strike?

Undergrads and faculty boycott classes in Canada, Puerto Rico, and France. Why not in the U.S.?<p>Student protests are back in the news. The outcry against the treatment of students of color has spread from Yale and Missouri to Ithaca College and Claremont McKenna. On Facebook, students and young …

Seattle’s Famed Gum Wall Cleaned Off: Pictures

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