Why Scientists Used Graphene Nanoribbons to Engineer Bionic Mushrooms

Imagine the world…powered by mushrooms. No, I’m not on drugs, this is an actual scientific thing–we’ve now invented mushrooms that produce electricity, no fossil fuels required. Let me explain: researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology just created what they’re calling a bionic mushroom—a fungus they’ve modified to produce electricity! It really is basically any […]

The Urge To Merge: Why Do We Crave Intimacy?

So you know, I think that there’s few things more primal than the urge to communicate, the pull towards intimacy, towards merger with the other, a way of almost smashing, or isolating, and debilitating sense of individuation. We feel so separate from everything and everyone, so alienated from ourselves and from other people. And this […]

Can We Power the World With a Single Energy Grid?

If you look at a map of the US power grid, it looks like a spider web blanketing the entire country. It’s a patchwork that formed after communities that got their power locally were slowly stitched together to create a massive network. So could we scale that up even bigger? Could we connect the entire […]

These Engineers Want to 3D Print an Entire Rocket in 60 Days

Stargate is the world’s largest metal 3D printer entirely built and designed in-house. The core of it includes three robot arms — one of which is doing printing — and the other two are doing post post-processing. This is a six degree of freedom industrial robot arm so it can move anywhere within about a […]

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always reliable. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we’ll eventually deplete our oil reserves. Okay, yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there might be hope. Around the […]

Diamond Nuclear Batteries Are Forever… Sort Of

Since the early 1900s, researchers have been working on ways to turn radioactive material into an electric current that lasts.. for decades. Yeah, that’s right. We’re talking about nuclear batteries! This class of batteries is known as betavoltaics, and they’re powered by the beta-decay of a radioactive material—hence the name. Beta particles are basically just […]

How Voltage Fade Prevents Us From Creating the Perfect Battery

When it comes to consumer electronics or electric cars, lithium-ion batteries are still the technology of choice thanks to their high energy density and decent charge times. But billion dollar tech and auto giants are betting that there’s still room for improvement. One of the most promising upgrades has been mired by a mysterious setback, […]

How These Bacteria Become Electrical Cables That Could Power Our World

It turns out that bacteria may have figured out the whole electricity thing way before we did, you guys. In fact, there are bacteria deep in the ground and under the ocean right now that are acting as living electric cables, and scientists are coming up with all sorts of cool new ways to study […]

Could Zapping Your Brain With Electricity Improve Your Memory?

Do you have memories you wish you could hold onto forever? Do you sometimes feel like they’re getting less vibrant? That’s probably because our working memory starts to decline as soon as our late twenties! Oh my god it’s all downhill from here, isn’t it? But new neuroscience research says that electrical stimulation could drastically […]

16 Expensive Things You Need to Buy to Save Money

Everything you buy has a price and a value. Sometimes spending more money than you think you should at first, can save you some serious cash in the long run. Here’s a list of items that are evidence of how that rule works in real life. 1. Thermostatic shower faucet Before you say a thermostatic […]