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.

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

Because winds blow in various directions at each altitude, the AI-based controller was programmed to use reinforcement learning, or RL, to search a database of historic records and current weather reports to predict the best elevation to keep the balloon in one place.

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

Every chat will start with the feature off by default, and either party choosing to turn it on will trigger a set seven-day auto-delete window.

The Hair-Raising, Record-Setting Race to 331 MPH

The Hair-Raising, Record-Setting Race to 331 MPH

Shelby assumed the wind had ruined the October 10 attempt to break the current production-car speed record of 277.9 mph, set by a Koenigsegg Agera RS in 2017 on the same 7-mile stretch of Nevada State Route 160 near Las Vegas.

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

With the landfall comes a dreaded storm surge—a rise in water level generated by a storm—that scientists say could spread seawater up to 30 miles inland, an inundation the National Hurricane Center just called “unsurvivable.”.

Misadventures in Suburban Birding

Misadventures in Suburban Birding

Apparently, the same cannot be said for the children who were walking to school while I was taking pictures of cedar waxwings.

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

To that end, we sent Cody Cobb, a photographer known for his meditative, dream-like landscapes, to make images of a large swath of the American West.

The Rise and Limits of Hashtag TV

The Rise and Limits of Hashtag TV

What Dear White People was trying to do was lampoon whiteness and legitimize blackness, which is the ultimate obsession of hashtag TV—the case for authenticity.

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

It’s a list of all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard.More relaxed birders often keep a running list of new species seen in the yard.

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

To compare, Musk’s assistants drop a metal ball on normal car glass, which cracks.So the guy tosses the ball at the driver’s window of the Cybertruck—and smashes it.“Well, maybe that was a little too hard,” Musk says.

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

Firefox users are gettin' scammed and Uber is gettin' slammed—but first, a cartoon about not liking what you see in the mirror .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

But while new research says that climate change might actually reduce the frequency of the Santa Anas, that might not be the good news it first appears.

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

“If the assumptions in your analysis turn out to be wrong, your whole strategy can blow up and be immensely costly, and delay your bankruptcy,” says Jared Ellias, an expert in bankruptcy law at UC Hastings College of the Law. That means you try to get through it fast, and with minimal chaos.

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

Ozkan’s team also created a new category called “frequent sitting,” with outdoor cafés and restaurants in mind, where wind shouldn’t exceed 5.6 mph.

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

“I don’t mind the late nights so much,” says Brenda Pace, East Idaho Bat Survey volunteer coordinator.Our counts run high by the river, with 42 bats signals recorded in one night.

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

So, to supplement the data gleaned from satellites and space probes, physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently created a glowing, doughnut-shaped plasma, a respectable 10 feet in diameter, that behaves like a miniature version of the solar wind.

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Epic Games has added a picture-in-picture option to the game, so when you launch Fortnite and enter the game lobby, you'll see a little window in the upper right inviting you to watch the livestream. The Fortnite World Cup finals tournament runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26–28.

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

Since Loon spun out of X last summer, the company’s balloons have logged 1 million hours of flight time and found some novel ways to navigate the stratosphere.

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: Here Comes the Sun. We’re turning the space oddities up to 11 this week, peeping at galaxy mergers, asteroid photobombs, and more.

Estimate the Energy of an Utterly Massive Wind Turbine

Estimate the Energy of an Utterly Massive Wind Turbine

They claim that just one turn of these giant wind turbines can generate enough energy to power a house for a whole day. That works with a different method .That's great and all, but how do you estimate the power (and then the energy) from a wind turbine?

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

The military is decidedly not here for wind farms, Facebook busted up more fake news accounts, and we have some advice for your next poo. The military is locked in a struggle with wind farms. Facebook banned more fake accounts.

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

“The greatest threat to the viability of military facilities in eastern North Carolina is not wind farms, it’s the encroachment of houses and homes on the training area,” Castellaw says.

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last

The developers of the Vineyard Wind project say their turbines—anchored about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard—will generate 800 megawatts of electricity once they start spinning sometime in 2022.

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

Most marathon courses finish roughly where they start, meaning that the wind will likely blow in your face as frequently as it blows at your back.

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

"I think every person ended up licking the glass or just smearing their entire face against it to get really interesting color fields with the makeup and sweat mixing," Whitmore says.

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

This region on Mars, called Mawrth Vallis, is of extreme interest to scientists who want to study the rich clays and minerals that exist on the Martian surface.