Science & Technology

Eraser Turns Chalk Dust Into New Chalk Sticks

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How do we solve that old, old problem of chalk dust in classrooms? And at the same time solve the problem of running out of that laaaaast little nub of chalk? Two designers think they have the solution. …

Ocean Warming Sends Australia’s Seaweed South, And Possibly Into Extinction

IBM Supercomputers Help Vestas Squeeze the Most Out of Wind Farms

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In the same way that solar panels are getting more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, wind turbines are also getting better at harnessing the wind. There are two main levers that engineers can pull to squeeze out impro…

The Huge Promise of Local Solar (Infographic)

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As Americans, we’re conditioned to think big. Big houses, big cars, big screens. Big, centralized power plants that blast energy to our big cities and big suburbs. But there’s a compelling argument to be made for br…

Sorting Out Settled Climate Science From Remaining Uncertainties

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Much ado is made about the phrase “the science is settled,” but to what does the phrase refer?� There are certainly a number of climate issues for which the scientific evidence is so conclusive and robust, they can reasonabl…

World’s Most Efficient Flexible OLED Printed on Plastic (Video)

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Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a major push in the printing of flexible OLED surfaces, something electronics manufacturers can’t wait to see hit commercial scale. These dis…

Weather Weirding: Record-Breaking Snow In Northeast & Amarillo, Texas

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If you live anywhere from Philadelphia, through New York, New Jersey, and lower New England you don’t need to be told how abnormal the snow over this past weekend was, or that it set records. But you may not be aware just how unusual…

Rocketeer Rocket Pack from Trash

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If you’re still looking for something to wear tonight for a Halloween costume, you might have everything you need in your recycling bin — though you’ll need to spend a few hours crafting it. ModMischief has created a DI…

River Runs Free After Dramatic Dam Explosion (Video)

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There may be no more potent symbol of our propensity to manipulate nature than a dam — and perhaps no greater testament to changing attitudes than in knocking them down. For nearly a century, Washington’s Condit Dam stran…

Oscar Nominee David Strathairn�s Invitation to Join Action at White House Nov. 6th (Video)

“President Obama is hearing voices.” That’s what Oscar nominee David Strathairn, referring to oil lobbyists, tells his viewers in a just released video in which he invites you to come to the White House on Nov. 6 to show President Obama that he has …