The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution

The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution

Or extreme weather can suddenly spike the demand for energy just when the grid is least able to provide it, like during last winter’s Texas freeze and subsequent power system failure.

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

Even if rooftop solar panels were free to everyone, the authors say, homeowners in these areas wouldn’t be able to use power from solar panels to run appliances or charge an electric vehicle without buying a special battery.

Hurricanes, Solar Storms, and the Fight to Keep the Power On

Hurricanes, Solar Storms, and the Fight to Keep the Power On

This week on Gadget Lab, we talk with WIRED senior writer Lily Hay Newman about what caused the power problems in New Orleans, and how humanity can prepare for unexpected disasters (like solar flares) that might come in the near future.

New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut the Power

New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut the Power

“So you get kind of this baking-in factor over the course of multiple days of heat,” says Portland State University climate adaptation scientist Vivek Shandas, who has studied the heat island effect in Portland, New Orleans, and dozens of other cities.

Hurricane Ida: What It'll Take for New Orleans to Restore Power

Hurricane Ida: What It'll Take for New Orleans to Restore Power

Those repeated disasters mean that utilities have a recovery playbook for storms like Ida. But knowing what order to run those plays in depends entirely on the unique conditions left behind by each hurricane—which regions remain inaccessible for days due to flooding, and which specific components of the system need extensive repairs.

Funimation’s Crunchyroll Acquisition Means Big Anime Is Here

Funimation’s Crunchyroll Acquisition Means Big Anime Is Here

Crunchyroll and Funimation have had to compete with each other and with streaming giants like Netflix not just for anime fans’ free time and subscription dollars but also for rights to the hottest titles.

Want to Slash Carbon Emissions? Start With These Power Plants

Want to Slash Carbon Emissions? Start With These Power Plants

If we had a global inventory of emissions and production from every power plant, we could use that data to identify the worst offenders and make a target list for efficiently lowering our carbon output.

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

More than a thousand web apps mistakenly exposed 38 million records on the open internet, including data from a number of Covid-19 contact tracing platforms, vaccination sign-ups, job application portals, and employee databases.

How Many Homes Could You Power With Free Doughnuts?

How Many Homes Could You Power With Free Doughnuts?

Let's say that all the Americans who have a Covid-19 vaccine get (and eat) one doughnut a day.This will give a change in energy of about 10 joules.Power is the rate of energy change.

My Dream of the Great Unbundling

My Dream of the Great Unbundling

So you end up feeling as if you should somehow worship these giants and fear their power and size and ability to innovate—and sure, the Apple M1 rollout is for the ages—but at the same time there’s a cultural imperative to smash them, using any (digital) means necessary.

7 Emergency Preparedness Apps to Keep on Your Phone

7 Emergency Preparedness Apps to Keep on Your Phone

FEMA via Victoria Feng FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is known to help Americans during natural disasters, but did you know they also have an app to help prepare before, during, and after an event?

Water Supply Hacks Are a Serious Threat—and Only Getting Worse

Water Supply Hacks Are a Serious Threat—and Only Getting Worse

The specifics of how Travnichek allegedly obtained access to Post Rock Rural Water District’s network after he left the utility remain unclear; the indictment says only that he “logged in remotely.” He’d had a remote login when he worked there, court documents say, for after-hours monitoring.

Laptop Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right PC (Step-by-Step Guide)

Laptop Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right PC (Step-by-Step Guide)

The first thing we suggest looking at is the processor, also referred to as the chip or the CPU.There are essentially two companies that make laptop processors: Intel and AMD.

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

"Covid for us was really an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate how we’re all working, how things are going, and what might be next for the red team," Ionescu says.

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

For decades, corporate concentration and the rise of streaming music platforms has shifted power to tech giants, and to a conglomerate that, through the staggering failures of US monopoly regulation, has come to dominate terrestrial and satellite radio, concert promotion, ticketing, artist management, and venue ownership, essentially every revenue-generating slice of the industry.

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

But the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management delayed the project’s approval to review the cumulative impact of US offshore wind farms, while the company itself pulled its application to choose a different kind of turbine.

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

But neither the eastern nor the western half of the national grid sticks tendrils into Texas in a way that would have let the state borrow large amounts of power when facing a massive, sudden freeze.

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?

How many cars like Littlejohn’s would it take to replace the energy that was missing last week from the Texas power grid?

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

Last week, Texas was hit by a different kind of extreme weather event: Record-smashing cold temperatures and heavy snow.But other states manage much colder weather every year without these types of power outages.

Here’s the Right Way to Rescue a Soaking Wet Smartphone

Here’s the Right Way to Rescue a Soaking Wet Smartphone

So when your phone decides to take a dive, as soon as you're done freaking out, you'll probably begin frantically tapping all the buttons, blowing on it, or blasting it with a hair dryer to quickly get rid of all that water.

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

Wen leads a team at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI), a government-sponsored research lab that’s testing a powerful new language algorithm—something similar to GPT-3, a program revealed in June by researchers at OpenAI that digests large amounts of text and can generate remarkably coherent, free-flowing language.

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

To combat review fraud, Yelp and other platforms flag reviews they deem spammy or objectionable and remove them from the main listings of the page.Platform-wide estimates show even higher rates of content removal, some 25 to 30 percent of all reviews aren't shown on businesses’ main review pages.

What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

That means even a 100 percent renewable town might, from time to time, be sourcing its electricity from fossil fuels.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

That's lower than a midrange price point, which means you could build a PC that'd beat the pants off the PS4 and Xbox One pretty affordably—indeed, many games had lower framerates, downgraded graphics, or both compared to halfway decent PCs at the time.

How Much Will Data Caps Hurt Game Streaming?

How Much Will Data Caps Hurt Game Streaming?

Put simply, will data caps kill services like Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming that rely on streaming huge amounts of data?Streaming video games is, without a doubt, one of the most data-heavy tasks that users can do online right now, so it’s natural to be concerned that doing so would burn through data caps.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

After the Instagram and WhatsApp founders left, Zuckerberg didn’t allow their successors to call themselves CEOs of those properties, a limitation that symbolized their bounded status.

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Allowing state agencies to make the calls on ride-hail “unempowered cities,” says Marla Westervelt, a transportation policy analyst who worked at both LA Metro and the scooter-share company Bird.

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

When I pressed the soft glowing plastic power button, the lights on the case fluttered to life.I had never performed either of the viable remaining options; a power button menu update or recovery by security jumper.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

The object at this solar focal point will then get extremely hot, and you can use that hot thing to heat up water to produce steam and then turn an electric turbine.In fact it's mostly like the electrical energy from fossil fuels.