Why don’t we put power lines underground?
The first message transmitted through Samuel Morse's newly-inaugurated telegraph line asked, “What hath God wrought?” Sent from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland through a system of wires suspended above homes and trees on wooden poles, the 1844 dispatch was oddly fitting. Suspended telegraph wires were soon supplanted by Alexander Graham[...]
Oil won’t last forever, so Dubai is betting big on science and tech
I. After OilDubai drops away behind us, its comic-book skyline replaced by khaki sand dunes and the occasional wild camel. The first sign of the technological ambition we are about to see is a billboard: a 20-foot-tall portrait of Dubai’s ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, rendered[...]
A 10-million-pound undersea cable just set an internet speed record
Undersea cables are the backbone of the internet. Connecting places like the United States to Europe, or France to India, these submarine fiber optic cables permit the world’s web traffic to flow.One such cable is called Marea. It runs from Virginia Beach in the U.S. to Balboa, Spain. And recently,[...]