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September 8th, 2021

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The Birthplace of the AC Grid

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Back in the 1800s, electricity distribution was a short-range business, driven by nearby DC generators. That changed in 1895. On 13 July of that year, the Folsom Powerhouse, in California, became the first facility to send high-voltage alternating current ov... More »

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Netflix’s SpaceX docuseries misses the mark on Inspiration4

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The new Netflix docuseries about SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission can’t help but feel unfinished, precisely because the mission will not even launch until September 15 (from Kennedy Space Center in Florida). Inspiration4 is set to be the first-ever all-civilian m... More »

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Lithium-ion batteries just made a big leap in a tiny product

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A materials company in Alameda, California, has spent the last decade working to boost the energy stored in lithium-ion batteries, an advance that could enable smaller gadgets and electric vehicles with far greater range. Sila has developed silicon-based parti... More »

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