Gravity Could Solve Clean Energy’s One Major Drawback

Gravity Could Solve Clean Energy’s One Major Drawback

As each block descends, the motors that lift the blocks start spinning in reverse, generating electricity that courses through the thick cables running down the side of the crane and onto the power grid.

How Steel Might Finally Kick Its Coal Habit

How Steel Might Finally Kick Its Coal Habit

Boston Metal, an outfit spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, uses electric currents to heat iron ore into a bright orange-white liquid, which converts into metal and cools as gray steel blocks.Testing and scaling technologies that remove the emissions from steelmaking isn’t the only challenge to decarbonizing the building material.

How to Win Any Debate

How to Win Any Debate

If you want this discussion to be more productive than your last argument on Facebook, here are some strategies to help make sure you don’t walk away stressed out, having wasted your time and energy.If you’re going to debate someone else, it’s helpful for you to make similar decisions about what you want to accomplish.

Why Do Razor Blades Get Dull So Quickly?

Why Do Razor Blades Get Dull So Quickly?

That’s the thinking behind a recent experiment by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who tried to find out why steel razor blades go dull so quickly, especially when they are just cutting soft human hair.

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

“You end up with a basically a sheet of wood that is, in its size and the way you use it when you engineer or design with it, very similar to a slab of concrete,” says Michael Ramage, director of the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, who wasn’t involved in this new work.

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

Engineers clambered up to the girders and slowly excised the cracked chunks with a diamond-oxide-studded cable saw, “so we could cut through it without heating it up and disturbing any of the evidence,” says Karl Frank, a civil engineer and steel-failure specialist working with Herrick, another company involved in building the terminal.

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

Traverso says the next project is to test the capsules in larger animals, to understand what happens if they inject repeat doses day after day, as a Type 2 diabetic would require for it to be useful.

Chevy's Colorado ZR2 Bison Is the Pickup Truck for Armageddon

Chevy's Colorado ZR2 Bison Is the Pickup Truck for Armageddon

Bolting on metal bumpers meant testing that again, and making sure the complex electronics behind the bumper, like airbag impact sensors still worked as designed.Dickens spends most of his time working with Chevy's track cars and Cadillac's V-series performance cars, so it’s no surprise that one of his favorite features on the truck came from the world of racing: the spool valve suspension dampers, which are available on the standard ZR2 too.

You’ve Heard of Outsourced Jobs, but Outsourced Pollution? It’s Real, and Tough to Tally Up.

You’ve Heard of Outsourced Jobs, but Outsourced Pollution? It’s Real, and Tough to Tally Up.

If you included all the global emissions produced in the course of making things like the imported steel used in London’s skyscrapers and cars, then Britain’s total carbon footprint has actually increased slightly over that time.“It’s a huge problem” said Ali Hasanbeigi, a research scientist and C.E.O. of Global Efficiency Intelligence, an energy and environmental consulting firm.

The Coolest Bugatti Ever Goes 18 MPH (and Is Made of Lego)

The Coolest Bugatti Ever Goes 18 MPH (and Is Made of Lego)

Where the real Chiron produces 1,500 horsepower from a quad-turbocharged W16 engine and can hit 261 mph, the Lego lookalike makes 5.3 horses from 2,304 tiny motors, can go 18 mph—surely the slowest any vehicle has driven at Germany's Ehra Lessien proving ground.