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Evaluating the Risk of Events That Could End Civilization

Every so often, Seth Baum heads out to meet Ins Garca, a video director and actress, at her Manhattan apartment. While hes there, he helps out in whatever way he can holding a microphone for hours on end, carrying heavy equipment and running to the local computer store to get an extra memory card [...]..

February 19, 2014 — Naveena Sadasivam

The Man who made Mountains

U.S.G.S. engineer Bailey Willis ( February 19, 1949) was known for his unorthodox approach to geological questions. Puzzled by the geological structures he discovered in mountain ranges, long before computer-models were available, he constructed a machine to simulate the mountain-forming process...

February 19, 2014 — David Bressan

Appliances responsible for 13% of home energy bill in U.S.

Energy use for appliances is responsible for about 13% of the monthly energy bills for the average American home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, at the top of the appliance-energy-use list are water heaters, refrigerators, and clothes dryers (and pool pumps for those homes with swimming facilities)...

February 19, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

What Aperture Does, In Two Photos

Curious about why you’d want to pay attention to that f/number on your camera settings? Consider: Same subject, same lens, same camera, very different image.

February 18, 2014 — Alex Wild

Ivanpah – solar thermal sets record in the desert

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), America has doubled the amount of energy produced using solar technologies over thelast five years.Last week, a massive new solar resource was dedicated in southern California...

February 18, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

The body of men and women who built the atomic bomb was vast, diverse, talented and multitudinous. Every conceivable kind of professional – from theoretical physics to plumber – worked on the Manhattan Project for three years over an enterprise that spread across the country and equalled the US automobile industry in its marshaling of [...]..

February 18, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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