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Can This $22 Billion Megaproject Make Nuclear Fusion Power A Reality?

Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars, and scientists are getting a lot closer to replicating it here on Earth. ITER, the $22 billion dollar international fusion megaproject in the south of France, is the most well-funded endeavor, paid for by the governments of its member nations. But VC’s and private […]

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Business Gaming

How Roblox Became A $30 Billion Company

More than half of the children in the United States play video games on Roblox. In fact, the massively popular gaming platform has grown so much during the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s valuation has skyrocketed from $4 billion in early 2020 to $30 billion in early 2021. What makes Roblox so popular?

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Future Space

Why SpaceX, Virgin, & Blue Origin Are Betting On Space Tourism

While terrestrial tourism has been hit hard due to the pandemic, entrepreneurs and visionaries have their eyes cast spaceward.  Space tourism has been, almost, nonexistent in the past, but Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin are looking to change that. However, accessibility to space tourism remains limited to the richest of the rich, with ticket […]

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Covid Pandemic

Why Coronavirus May Change How Big Tech Works

CNBC takes a look at what’s next for the workspace based on what the big tech companies are doing. Tech offices, from Apple’s 2.8 million square-foot “spaceship” campus, to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters complete with a botanical garden, have always pushed the envelope of office space. But coronavirus may make this type of work environment […]

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Hardware Networking

The $300 Million Cable Between New York and Chicago

Half as Interesting explores the hardware and networking infrastructure behind the financial system.

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Covid Pandemic

How Ultraviolet Light Could Help Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus

Ultraviolet light is an effective tool that has been in use for decades in hospitals and operating rooms. Recent technological breakthroughs in UV light could become a key tool used to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

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Mobile Science

Beyond Lithium Ion: the Future Of Energy Storage

Over the past decade, prices for solar panels and wind farms have reached all-time lows. However, the price for lithium ion batteries, the leading energy storage technology, has remained high. So researchers are exploring other alternatives, including flow batteries, thermal batteries, and gravity-based systems.

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Future Quantum Computing

Explaining the Hype Over Quantum Computers

In October 2019, Google announced its 53-qubit quantum computer named Sycamore had achieved ‘quantum supremacy.’ That’s when quantum computers can complete tasks exponentially more quickly than their classical counterparts. In this case, Google said its quantum machine completed a task in 200 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful computer 10,000 years to […]

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Business Open Source

The Rise Of Open-Source Software

CNBC explores the rise of open source software and how it went from fringe movement to mainstream and core to the every enterprise. Open-source software powers nearly all the world’s major companies. This software is freely available, and is developed collaboratively, maintained by a broad network that includes everyone from unpaid volunteers to employees at […]

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Autonomous Vehicles

The State of Self-Driving Cars

As millions of Americans hit the roads today for Thanksgiving travel, I wonder how different it would be if self-driving cars were the norm. CNBC explores the current state of self-driving cars. More companies are trying to bring self-driving cars to the masses than ever before, but a truly autonomous vehicle still doesn’t exist. It’s […]

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