A New Laser Could Make Materials Hotter Than the Sun Almost Instantly

Ever feel like an insanely high powered laser could solve your problems? Fusion researchers sure do! And now, they may have the blueprint they’ve been searching for. New theoretical work indicates it could be possible to build a laser that heats materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the sun—within a… »11/13/15 12:50pm11/13/15 12:50pm

Bill Gates Says Our Energy System Is Broken And He's Giving $2 Billion To Fix It

Infectious diseases like polio and malaria might be gone in 15 years because the founder of Microsoft devoted a foundation to eradicating them. Now Bill Gates has turned his attention towards our global energy crisis, which he thinks can also be fixed with better R&D. And, yes, he’s going to fund it. »11/04/15 8:30pm11/04/15 8:30pm

How to Desalinize Water Using Half the Energy of Traditional Methods 

In the next ten years, Earth’s population is expected to increase by one billion, and only 3% of our planet’s water is fit for drinking or farming. Most of that relatively small amount is trapped in frozen glaciers. But Egyptian researchers have developed a way of removing the salt out of sea water for our growing… »10/30/15 2:00pm10/30/15 2:00pm

Controlling Bubbles in Boiling Water Could Make Power Plants More Efficient 

The act of boiling water helps us brew coffee and cook pasta—and it’s also what fuels most of the world’s energy sources. But boiling is really all about the bubbles, and until now their formation had been seen as random and haphazard. MIT engineers say they can now control the formation of bubbles, which might change… »10/28/15 9:20am10/28/15 9:20am

Shell Concedes That Drilling Off the Alaskan Coast Is a Really Bad, Really Expensive Idea

After spending $7 billion drilling for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, oil giant Shell announced today it will cease all drilling due to “a clearly disappointing exploration outcome.” This means there might be zero drilling off Alaska’s Arctic coast in the near future. »9/28/15 4:40pm9/28/15 4:40pm

8 Reasons Why the Tokyo Olympics Will Be the Most Futuristic We've Ever Seen

In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and… »9/24/15 2:30pm9/24/15 2:30pm