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Cheap metal ribbons strip pollutants from water in minutes

A breakthrough in the realm of wastewater treatment is promising to greatly hasten the process of removing pollutants, and do so at a fraction of the …

Wastewater

Nova bike lights do away with batteries, wheel magnets and tire-rubbing dynamos

For years now, Denmark's Reelight has manufactured battery-free bike lights that are powered by wheel-mounted magnets. What if you don't want to put …

Magnetism

Super Magnesium alloy: Lighter than aluminum and cheaper than carbon fiber

The creators of a new high-strength, low-weight metal alloy hope it will find a place as a midpoint between carbon fiber and lightweight aluminum. …

Carbon Fiber

The Military Secret To Falling Asleep In Two Minutes We'll Be Trying Tonight

Your go-to guide to falling asleep quickly<p>Whether it's scrolling through Instagram until the early hours of the morning, tossing and turning to find the perfect position, or a work worry that just won't shift, falling to sleep quickly is a skill we're yet to master.<p>However, little did we know …

Muscle

Scientists reveal technique to make 'unlimited renewable energy' by boosting photosynthesis using a 'dormant' chemical found in algae

Scientists have developed a way to transform sunlight into fuel that could lead to an 'unlimited source of renewable energy'.<p>Researchers from the …

University of Cambridge

Single-celled organisms could help turn coffee grounds into coffee cups

A PhD student at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, has come up with a way to turn waste coffee into biodegradable coffee cups. It hinges on …

Interview: Living in an expanding, off-grid tiny house

We cover a lot of tiny houses here at New Atlas, but it can be difficult to get a handle on what it's <i>actually</i> like to live in one. So, when contacted …

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind.<p>The headquarters of A.P. …

Maersk

Five of the finest flatpack homes

There's little doubt that the neatly packaged nature of a certain Swedish furniture-maker's products are a big reason for its success, and lately …

Simple Living

Pine cone-inspired sunshades open and close without electricity

Retractable sunshades have long been used to adjust the amount of sunlight an area gets during the day, but these are usually driven by motors. …

Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more flexible by adding ways …

Energy Storage

I went from sedentary academic to 100-mile marathon runner—thanks to the science of self-control

Most people have days they’ll never forget. For me, that day is April 26, 2011.<p>It was my first time appearing on National Public Radio. As part of the program <i>All Things Considered</i>, host Michele Norris interviewed me about my research that suggested increasing narcissism in pop music lyrics. Michele …

Organic solar cells set 'remarkable' energy record

<b>Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells.</b><p>Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.<p>But organic photovoltaics, made …

Planet at Risk of Heading Towards Apocalyptic, Irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’ State

We only have 10-20 years to fix this.<p>This summer people have been suffering and dying because of heat waves and wildfires in many parts of the world. The past three years were the warmest ever recorded, and 2018 is likely to follow suit. What we do in the next 10-20 years will determine whether our …

A professor explains why networking is a waste of time and what you should be doing instead

College freshmen are lectured about it on their first day of class. Young professionals race to one more boring party so they can be seen and shake …

How to be smarter than people smarter than you

<i>Are you ready for this big secret?</i> Read.<p><i>— — —</i><p><i>Thanks for taking your time with this post! If you liked this, please hit the —</i><p><b>Just kidding.</b> I have more …

Wimbledon is the embarrassing mess of the sports universe

Starting on Friday afternoon, let's count the ways Wimbledon screwed up. It's pretty impressive stuff.<p><b>1.</b> The tournament had two men's semifinals on the schedule, and past history has shown us that men's grand slam matches can take an extremely long time (partly because of a stupid rule, but we'll …

The Simple but Effective Way to Stop Worrying So Much (It Sounds Ridiculous, But It Actually Works)

"I just can't shut off my brain. I worry so much I can't pay attention to what I'm doing." I hear comments like this in my therapy office on a daily basis. Whether you're constantly worried about money or you just can't stop imagining worst-case scenarios, anxiety can be a major problem.<p>Ruminating …

Inexpensive houses could be 3D-printed from peat

Some of the earliest houses in Northern Europe were made out of slabs of peat, as it was a cheap and abundant building material. Now, Estonian …

How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day

A typical single-family home in the US takes an average of six and a half months to build, according to the Census Bureau’s latest survey. Now an …

This Viral Short Film Is A Must-See For All Parents

Short film <i>Alike</i> delivers a harsh reality in a very quiet and almost innocent way. The animated short begins with a father loading his son’s backpack …

Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America

It’s been a few days now, but the shock of Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement hasn’t abated a bit. This is partly because of the ghastly …

Donald Trump

2 Forms of Exercise Are The Best Way to Stave Off The Effects of Ageing

Here's how to incorporate them into your life.<p>If you're searching for an all-natural way to lift your mood, preserve muscle tone, and protect your …

Aging

Mushroom-made fashion authority Aniela Hoitink talks global change-sparked innovation

Mention of mushrooms conjure all sorts of images, but for Dutch textile designer Aniela Hoitink mushroom mycelium can be a course for fashion.<p>Among this year's winners of The Global Change awards, Hoitink is taking part in an incubator program in New York this week. The crash course is made …

Lifestyle

Next-gen spoked magnet design spins up cheaper, lighter, more powerful electric motor

British engineer Ian Foley has had considerable input into Formula One racing, designing active suspension systems for Lotus and a KERS system for …

There’s nowhere your smartphone can’t see with this awesome wireless camera accessory

If love cool new smartphone accessories, prepare to be wowed. The Depstech 1200P Semi-rigid Wireless Borescope Camera is a 16-foot borescope that …

Three guitar heroes for a new era

Gibson’s decision to file for bankruptcy has led to talk of the death of the guitar, but no one seems to have told these players<p>Is the guitar dying? Ten years after the recession, the industry has seen its share of struggle: the 2,633,000 units sold in the US in 2017 falls about 5% short of the …

Guitar

New polymer could make for infinitely-recyclable plastics

As useful as it is, plastic isn't the most environmentally-friendly material. Our constant use of the stuff has seen huge amounts of it lodged in …

Philips 43-inch 4K monitor first to achieve top level HDR certification

If you use your PC or laptop as an entertainment center or gaming station, then the biggest, brightest and best resolution monitor you can get your …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Biology