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Remember the 90s Panic That Power Lines Caused Cancer?

"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… » 12/01/14 4:42pm 12/01/14 4:42pm

Repairing a Live High Voltage Power Line Is Absolutely Insane

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… » 4/20/12 6:20pm 4/20/12 6:20pm

Air Force Developing Spy Planes That Can Recharge on Power Lines

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… » 12/18/07 5:20pm 12/18/07 5:20pm