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11.28.14 Prachi Gupta

Residents in New York’s Hudson Valley are at odds with the state government over the possibility of widening the existing power corridor that already rips through the bucolic landscape. New York’s Public Service Commission two years ago “worried about bottlenecks in the delivery of electricity from upstate generators to New York City and other downstate […]

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07.17.14 Sophie Weiner

A new and strange breed of bacteria has been recently discovered by PhD student Annette Rowe. Scientists are already aware of bacteria that can eat “pure energy” — microorganisms like Shewanella and Geobacter that harvest electrons from rocks, metals and, sometimes, battery electrodes manipulated by scientists — but now Rowe has discovered eight new varieties of these bacteria that […]

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09.19.13 Andy Cush

Poop power is finally upon us, as researchers from Stanford University have developed a battery that gathers electricity from the bacteria that grows on feces. It’s yet enough to power the world–the device can generate just 30 percent of the potential energy found in shit–but according to its developers, it could at least help power […]

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03.04.13 Andy Cush

More often than not, fractals exist squarely within the realm of the digital. Though they closely resemble various natural phenomena–trees or lightning bolts, for example–the phrase usually channels something that was generated by an algorithm and lives on the cover of a ca. 1993 three-ring binder. Using 15,000 volts of electricity and a sheet of […]

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11.20.12 Andy Cush

In the storm-darkened Rockaways, solar panels have helped power several relief efforts, and some experts say that in the future, the systems could help prevent blackouts from being so widespread in the first place. During normal, non-outage conditions, solar system feed their excess power back into the grid during the day, then when the sun […]

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11.02.12 Andy Cush

A traffic light springs to life as downtown Manhattan finally regains power; a New Yorker rejoices. (Photos: Wen-Ting Yang/Flickr, newyorkcity/Instagram) […]

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12.09.10 Marina Galperina

Photographer and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto made these elegant photograms by electrocuting giant sheets of unexposed film with a 400,000-volt Van de Graaf generator “wand” in a darkroom. The “Lighting Field” series of organic, meotrite-inspired images are on view at the Pace Gallery now. Now see what this maniacal mofo looks like. […]

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