In Germany, Solar-Powered Homes Are Really Catching On

In Germany, Solar-Powered Homes Are Really Catching On

Then, when the battery is topped off, the unit’s digital control system automatically redirects any excess energy into Berlin’s power grid, for which the Parises will be compensated by the local grid operator.“They convinced me it would pay off in ten years,” explains Paris, referring to Enerix, a Bavaria-based retailer offering solar systems and installation services.

LIVE: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby SUV

LIVE: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby SUV

Tesla says the Performance Model Y will show up in fall 2020, with a 280 mile range, a 150 mph top speed, a 0 to 60 time of 3.5 seconds, and a $60,000 price tag.

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle The Tesla CEO's legal team argues that the SEC’s attempt to limit Musk’s tweeting is a violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech.

Mercedes Remakes the Minivan as an All-Electric Luxury Ride

Mercedes Remakes the Minivan as an All-Electric Luxury Ride

Today at the luxury-focused Geneva Motor Show, it debuted the Concept MPV, an all-electric minivan it says is most definitely headed for production, and soon. Mercedes-Benz Depending on when it reaches dealer lots, the MPV could be the world’s first electric minivan.

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Now researchers have turned to yeast to do something more improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC. The reason researchers and cannabis companies are interested in alternative ways of producing cannabinoids is that working with the original plant is messy and complicated.

FAO - News Article: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day

The foundation of our food systems is under severe threat The report points to decreasing plant diversity in farmers’ fields, rising numbers of livestock breeds at risk of extinction and increases in the proportion of overfished fish stocks.

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Because finance ministers can pursue a wide variety of fiscal policy reforms that can reduce emissions in a cost-effective and systemic way, this group of policymakers can become the linchpin of climate action.

The Confounding Climate Science of Lab-Grown Meat

The Confounding Climate Science of Lab-Grown Meat

“Energy-intensive forms of cultured production could be quite an extreme case, where you're basically swapping methane—because cattle emit a lot of methane—for potentially fossil fuel carbon dioxide,” says study lead author John Lynch, an environmental scientist at the University of Oxford.

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

“I don’t know what the Michael Pollan version would be: Eat independent sites, mostly not Facebook?” says Glitch CEO Anil Dash, who helped create some early social web tools 15 years ago at Six Apart and has long argued that tech needs to reintroduce community and user control.

There's Still So Much We Need to Learn About Weed—and Fast

There's Still So Much We Need to Learn About Weed—and Fast

With its proximity to the legendary growing regions of Northern California, the center can start to quantify this historically secretive industry, measuring its toll on the environment and looking at how existing rules affect the growers themselves.

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football From press-generating live musicals to viral tweets, brands are figuring out that they can get a lot more than 30 seconds for their money. It’s called Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical .

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

To keep things going, Tesla is focusing its efforts on a few key areas, Musk said on an earnings call: reining in costs, improving its service operations, getting Model 3 sedans to customers in Europe and China, and preparing for production of the Model Y, the as-yet-unseen midsize SUV that will follow the Model 3.

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

"Art is a way of thinking." Related Stories Over the course of her 10 years at the Technical University Bürkle has gained a new appreciation for the artistry of scientific research, which, she discovered, is far more unruly than most people realize.

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

(Conventional carbon fiber manufacturing requires pieces to be shaped and then baked in an oven to set, a longer and more labor-intensive process.) Fixes If Icon is a cautionary tale, another new airplane manufacturer could prove to be an inspiration for the eVTOL.

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

The series investigates the production of Novogen White, a high-quality, disease-free egg made in extremely controlled environments by a company in France. Szalai's approach here was like that of an investigative journalist, visiting the Hungarian campus about four to five times to document the environment in which the chickens lived.

Hyundai's Walking Car Concept With Legs Reinvents the Wheel

Hyundai's Walking Car Concept With Legs Reinvents the Wheel

Hyundai's Walking Car Concept With Legs Reinvents the Wheel Hyundai calls this concept Elevate, or the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle. But Hyundai has thought through a business case for the machine it’s calling Elevate, or the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (how about the ummmm...

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

"In the past no one was aware of these issues, so they weren’t willing to sacrifice any performance for security." Jon Masters, Red Hat At the center of these efforts for Intel is STORM, the company's strategic offensive research and mitigation group, a team of hackers from around the world tasked with heading off next-generation security threats.

Photo Gallery: Capturing the Everyday Horror of Dairy Farming in Germany

Photo Gallery: Capturing the Everyday Horror of Dairy Farming in Germany

“I wanted to update the old-fashioned image of a cow in a green meadow that we know from ads and milk packages,” Teryoshin says, “to show the dystopian side of the milk production.” Germany’s $14 billion dairy farming industry rests squarely on the backs of 4.2 million cows—the majority Holsteins, a sturdy piebald favored around the world for its high milk yield.

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

Some weeks later, in a story meeting, an idea popped up that Brooker and Jones realized would only work if it was interactive: a videogame designer in the 1980s, trying to adapt a choose-your-own-adventure novel (which, you may remember , was the style at the time ).

Forget Elon Musk's Troubles—Tesla Had a Blockbuster 2018

Forget Elon Musk's Troubles—Tesla Had a Blockbuster 2018

Tesla won't release official figures until the new year, but Kelley Blue Book estimates the company had sold about 160,000 cars (including models S and X) through the end of November.

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech—Or Risk Isolating Itself

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech—Or Risk Isolating Itself

More importantly, maintaining links between US and Chinese tech companies and researchers is the best way to keep tabs on China’s increasingly sophisticated surveillance state, which integrates facial recognition technology, artificial intelligence, and swarms of personal data.

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

German and other European automakers warned on Dec. 17 that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers.

Embrace a Fake Meat Future for Its Lesser-Known Benefits

Embrace a Fake Meat Future for Its Lesser-Known Benefits

The company aims to release it in two years.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeTo get to true mass adoption, fake meat will need to compete favorably with the real thing on multiple fronts.

Inside Elon Musk’s Production Hell and More This Week in Cars

Inside Elon Musk’s Production Hell and More This Week in Cars

Inside Elon Musk’s Production Hell and More This Week in CarsWe took a ride in TuSimple's self-driving truck, which uses cameras that can watch the road up to 1,000 meters out.TuSimpleWhat’s it worth to save the world?

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

If Beale Street Could Talk's Barry Jenkins on the Future of Filmmaking"Progress has been made,” says the director about the state of black cinema in 2018, “and it's going to be sustained."Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesBefore our conversation even begins, Barry Jenkins coughs up an apology.

Cake's Electric Motorcycle Makes Dirt Biking a Silent Joy

Cake's Electric Motorcycle Makes Dirt Biking a Silent Joy

Cake's Electric Motorcycle Makes Dirt Biking a Silent JoyIn one day on the Kalk, I went from whiskey throttling noob to trail-shredding semi-noobEric AdamsI’d ridden the motorcycle part of the way up a small dirt hill, and was trying to simply reverse my way back down when I fell off the machine.

Reclaiming India's wastelands to fight climate change

Reclaiming India's wastelands to fight climate change

Reclaiming and bringing into production some of India’s wastelands could partially offset some of the projected crop production declines expected because of climate change.

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

In: autonomous and electric vehicles, trucks and SUVs. Out: cars.Also in GM news: President Dan Ammann will move out west, to replace Kyle Vogt as CEO of self-driving subsidiary Cruise.

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte Sedan

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte Sedan

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte SedanAudi's new E-tron GT is low, wide, and long, with a sloping roof reminiscent of the A7, the loveliest of Audi’s sedans.At the back a single red light strip seems to fracture and spread at the edges to form the rear lights.The most distinctive parts of the design are heavy rear haunches, like a muscle car, and a deeply carved sill, running under the doors between the wheels.

Ableton Loop Is More of a EDM Networking Event Than a Rave

Ableton Loop Is More of a EDM Networking Event Than a Rave

What It's Like to Attend an Electronic Music Conference Where the Beat Never DropsAt a studio session at Loop, Lafawndah (Yasmine Dubois) gave attendees valuable insight into her creative process—just part of the programming that made electronic music a conduit for inspiration rather than perspiration.AbletonHalfway into her 90-minute live set at Loop, Ableton's electronic music conference in Los Angeles, Juana Molina put down her Gibson SG guitar, stepped back from her synthesizer, and started dancing.

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