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"The potential danger from EM fields is making millions of human beings into test animals," Ted Koppel solemnly intones in a 1990 Nightline report on electromagnetic fields from power lines. But two decades and hundreds of studies later, there has been no great cancer epidemic caused by power lines. Why did we get so…
Remember how your mom/dad/legal guardian/leader of your gang of street urchins used to tell you not to stand near telephone poles in a storm? Yeah, there was a reason for that. And as you can see in the video above, that reason goes "boom." Followed by lots and lots of fire.
Imagine fixing a live high voltage power line. Imagine flying a helicopter to go fix that live high voltage power line. Yes, a helicopter that could chop off the line and destroy everything. Imagine wrapping an electrical band-aid on that live high voltage power line. Yes, using your hands to wrap wire around the…
According to the police, this guy is one crazy drunk suicidal bastard who grabbed a live power line struck down by Hurricane Irene and attacked another driver in the middle of the storm with it. How in hell?
It's ridiculous all the half-baked solutions we depend on to resuscitate a dead phone. Especially when there's a potent supply of free power just waiting to be tapped, right above our heads. No, not the sun—overhead power lines.
Helmeted workers in cherrypickers, or precariously tethered to a high voltage lines, are as much a part of our power infrastructure's aesthetic as towers and transformers. In the next few years, these iconic silhouettes will become a little more... mechanical.
During Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines last week, residents had to figure out creative ways to stay dry and get around. There are about a dozen reasons this seems like a bad idea, however. [Big Picture]
The US Air Force Research Lab is currently developing a micro air vehicle (MAV) that can harvest energy from power lines, which could lead to significantly longer surveillance missions. The aircraft would even have the ability to transform into inconspicuous objects, like an "innocuous piece of trash hanging from the…