In a 2003 paper, University of Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom argued that if our reality was a computer simulation dreamed up by a highly advanced civilization at least one of the three...
Autumn has many joys: Crisp air, sweaters, piles of leaves. It also means more closed windows and less fresh air. And for those of us affected by the wildfires, good-quality air indoors is even...
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson just announced a plan to power every home in the country with wind energy by 2030. It’s an ambitious plan, and one that will take serious investments in new wind...
While nations are spending billions to build football field-sized nuclear fusion reactors — the elusive process of harnessing energy from fusing atoms, not breaking them apart — a 12 year old kid...
It turns out that nuclear energy, which advocates say is a more feasible means of transitioning away from fossil fuel than solar or wind, might not actually be up to the task. That’s according to...
Teams of scientists around the world are once more trying to perfect devices that generate electricity from the force of the ocean’s rolling waves. It’s an idea that’s ebbed and flowed within the...
On Tuesday, a team of MIT researchers made a big splash when they announced that their “SPARC” compact fusion reactor is “very likely to work.” The announcement, detailed in seven papers penned by...
Every air conditioner figures out how cold to make a home the same way: It takes the temperature with a thermostat, and if it’s higher than what you’ve set as a temperature threshold, it turns on....
Not only is climate change devastating our world, but it’s also starting to prevent astronomers from studying others. Several of the world’s most powerful telescopes are struggling to observe the...
Amazon is launching a new program that would make it easier for landlords to install Alexa-enabled smart speakers and devices in their tenants’ homes. Alexa for Residential, The Verge reports...