Electricity

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An Astronaut's View of the North Korean Electricity Black Hole

Power cuts make the dictatorship virtually disappear at night.

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The 'Ruralization' of Urban Areas

The distinction between city and countryside is disappearing, creating a raft of new problems that disproportionately hurt women.

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Could LEED Kill the College Dorm Mini-Fridge?

One school has already banned them from its dorm to save energy. Will others follow?

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'Microbial Batteries' Could Soon Allow Us to Harvest Electricity From Wastewater

Stanford scientists say they've figured out how, and now the challenge will be to make it cheap enough to do on a large scale.

Becker Architekten

The Architecture of Electrical Power, Then and Now

Dazzling power structures both old and new, photographed by an expert.

NASA

Where a Billion People Still Live Without Electricity

Many of them in urban areas.

Pettisville School District

Powering Ohio Schools With Wind Energy

Building wind turbines isn’t cheap. But it will mean about $100,000 in energy savings each year for two small towns.

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Selling Solar Power in India's Slums

The country is fast outgrowing its electric grid. Are small-scale solar projects the solution?

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How the Focus on 'Energy Intensity' Is Hurting the Fight Against Climate Change

It's a misleading metric that actually tells us very little about efficiency.

Dennis Siegel

German Man Builds Device to Suck Electricity From Power Lines, Other People

Dennis Siegel claims his curious contraption feeds itself like a leech on ambient electromagnetic fields.

Mushroom Cloud Appears Over Oklahoma

One would expect Ponca City to be leveled after this colossal transformer explosion. But life goes on.

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Trees vs. Power Lines: Will We Have to Choose?

The debate over how to secure our nation's power grids comes courtesy of yet another climate change-related feedback loop.

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What India's Massive Power Outage Looks Like

Due to a massive grid failure, half of India's population is without power.

Eddi Törnberg

An Office Desk That Generates Electric Power Via Your Butt

Inspired by the laziness of humans, a Swedish designer built a workspace that runs in part on body heat and movement.

Could Electric Truck Lanes Reduce L.A.'s Horrific Pollution?

Plans are emerging for an electric-powered truck highway in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.