Can We Power the World With a Single Energy Grid?

If you look at a map of the US power grid, it looks like a spider web blanketing the entire country. It’s a patchwork that formed after communities that got their power locally were slowly stitched together to create a massive network. So could we scale that up even bigger? Could we connect the entire […]

How This Rare Natural Fission Reactor Could Solve Our Nuclear Waste Problem

Two billion years ago, the earth’s geology came together to spontaneously and naturally form what was essentially a nuclear fission reactor. It operated stably for about a million years, and its radioactive waste has been safely contained–again, totally naturally–for millions of years since. Surely we can learn from this, right? And also this DEFINITELY sounds […]

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always reliable. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we’ll eventually deplete our oil reserves. Okay, yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there might be hope. Around the […]

Wireless Electricity Is Coming, Here’s Where We’re At

We’d all love to become less dependent on our phone chargers, but current wireless charging options just aren’t there yet. So, what if we could charge our phones..with WIFI?! Wireless charging devices on the market now use something called electromagnetic induction. First, a coiled wire in a charging pad turns an electric current into a […]

Could Black Holes Made of Light Power Our Spaceships?

There are some crazy ideas for spacecraft propulsion out there, but tops among them must be the idea to power an interstellar craft with a black hole. Wait it gets crazier. The black hole is made of light. Yes, that’s right, a black hole, which is a region in space where the gravity is so […]

We’re One Step Closer to a Space Elevator

A space elevator is one of those ideas that sounds ultra crazy at first but when you learn more about it, it still sounds absolutely crazy but you can see the upsides. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a giant elevator that you get in down here on earth and step off of in freaking […]

Why Scientists Used Graphene Nanoribbons to Engineer Bionic Mushrooms

Imagine the world…powered by mushrooms. No, I’m not on drugs, this is an actual scientific thing–we’ve now invented mushrooms that produce electricity, no fossil fuels required. Let me explain: researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology just created what they’re calling a bionic mushroom—a fungus they’ve modified to produce electricity! It really is basically any […]

These Lost Apollo Tapes Reveal How Astronauts Changed the Moon

Almost 50 years after the last mission to the moon, there are still questions the expeditions didn’t answer. Now though thanks to some archival sleuthing, one of those mysteries has been solved and it turns out the solution is… kinda dumb. It all started when the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 and the Apollo 17 […]

How Much Heat Can Your Body Take Before Killing You?

It may be hot in the summer where you live, but here’s a question: how hot is too hot? Like, at what temperature does your body ACTUALLY start to break down? That escalated quickly. Well, so have the world’s seasonal temperatures. In Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth, the average temperature for […]

How Space Triggers Herpes in Astronauts

There’s really no good way to say this, so I’m just gonna go for it: an unexpected consequence of spaceflight is herpes. A research team has unveiled interesting results about the presence of herpes in astronauts that not only shed light on human health in space, but also tell us some important things about the […]