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World's largest machine--the electric grid--is old and outdated

The U.S. electric grid is so old and outdated it can't handle the influx of wind power and other intermittent renewable resources. Integrating such sources requires adapting a system that is finely tuned to balance the amount of electricity being used with the amount of electricity being generated with fickle winds...

August 28, 2008 — David Biello

Gustav approaches hurricane status as it bears down on Jamaica, the Gulf Coast

After a deadly run through Haiti during which 23 people were killed by floods and landslides, tropical storm Gustav is expected today to graduate to hurricane status as it bears down on Jamaica with winds whipping at 70 miles per hour, just shy of the 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour required for a Category One hurricane, Reuters reports...

August 28, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Hurricane Gustav hits Haiti and aims for Gulf of Mexico

This hurricane season's seventh storm, Gustav, has already had a bigger impact than all the storms that preceded it. It hasn't killed anyone or done any damage—though it may unleash flooding and mudslides in Haiti—except to drive oil prices above $117 a barrel (a feat the recent war in Georgia did not even accomplish)...

August 26, 2008 — David Biello
Cows Tend to Face North-South

Cows Tend to Face North-South

Google Earth images reveal that cattle around the world tend to align themselves with Earth's magnetic field. Adam Hinterthuer reports

August 26, 2008

Could a big earthquake reduce Manhattan to rubble someday?

A new study from the Earth Institute at Columbia University says there’s more seismic activity around the Big Apple than previously thought. Researchers also say they discovered a new active fault line running from Stamford, Conn., 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) west toward the Hudson River...

August 22, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy
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