Watch this guy jump over an entire island while kitesurfing

I'm fairly certain that the idea of jumping over an island has never crossed my mind in all my years of thinking. But if you're a champion kitesurfer like Youri Zoon and you stumble across a small enough island, well, that's just another day on the beach for you. Jumping the damn thing and nailing it is just how you… » 5/23/14 11:23pm 5/23/14 11:23pm

The Mysterious Disease Traveling Across the Pacific in the Wind

For decades, doctors have been unable to answer the most basic question about Kawasaki disease: what causes it—a virus, a chemical, a fungus? Whatever it is, it provokes mysterious swelling and rashes in infants. Doctors now think they have finally figured out what causes Kawasaki—thanks to an analysis of the wind. » 5/20/14 1:25pm 5/20/14 1:25pm

Offshore Wind Farms Might Save Us From Hurricanes

In the matchup of wind turbine v. hurricane, our bets have traditionally been with the hurricane. But think about it this way: wind turbines are designed to suck energy out of wind. What if they could suck out so much energy that hurricanes like Katrina or Sandy never form in the first place—with the potentially… » 2/26/14 6:20pm 2/26/14 6:20pm

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

From microscopic coral to massive planets, the natural world is full of beauty on a scale that can only be seen with the aid of a microscopic or a telescope. Announced today, the winners of the 11th annual International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge—sponsored by the journal Science and the U.S. … » 2/06/14 2:00pm 2/06/14 2:00pm

This Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot Aims to End Desertification

Robots have a hard time walking. They're getting better! But we're a ways away from having a robot that you can send on an excursion through a dune-covered desert. That's why, when he wanted to design a robot to collect climate data, designer Shlomi Mir looked to nature. Specifically, to tumbleweeds. » 2/06/14 1:40pm 2/06/14 1:40pm

How Wind and Dust Are Spreading a Deadly Fungal Disease

Called the "silent epidemic," a little-known fungal disease called valley fever has become ten times more common in the past decade. Its fungal spores are being spread by dust storms in the American Southwest. Exactly why valley fever suddenly increased has nagged at public health officials, but a piece in The New… » 1/15/14 5:20pm 1/15/14 5:20pm

Car avoids getting crushed by a semi-trailer that was tipping over

Some days you get incredibly lucky. This guy who managed to record a video of a semi-trailer truck almost tipping over and crushing his car just had one of those days. The road was wet, the winds were strong and the truck was about to lose control and fall over. You don't want any of that when you're driving next to… » 12/06/13 10:37pm 12/06/13 10:37pm

This Wall of Paper Pinwheels Turns Air Into Art

Thousands of paper windmills seem to spin effortlessly in The Wind Portal, an installation by Lebanese artist Najla El Zein at London's V&A Museum this month. However, the production process wasn't exactly effortless. In fact, extreme accuracy was required to build this massive wall of wind, because it relies on… » 9/30/13 12:00pm 9/30/13 12:00pm

The World's Biggest Test Bench Puts Wind Turbines Through the Wringer

Vestas' latest and greatest offshore wind turbine, the 8 MW V164, is designed to operate for a quarter century with minimal upkeep. To ensure that these massive turbines (their blade sweep area is equal to three football fields) are robust enough for 25 years of service in the North Atlantic, Vestas tortures its… » 8/21/13 11:30am 8/21/13 11:30am