power
The Tallest Wind Turbine Ever Will Float Above Alaska

304 metres off the ground, the wind blows brisk and uninterrupted. But how do you build such a tall, thin beam to support a turbine's blades? You don't—you float the generator in a giant helium balloon. The world's first floating commercial wind turbine will soon be hovering over Fairbanks, Alaska. Read More >>

environment
Careful, the Great Flood is Washing Up Unexploded WWII Bombs

The monstrous storms and very big waves we've been battered by so far in 2014 have been producing some exciting finds for beachcombers, with unexploded bombs turning up to worry dog walkers on some parts of our coastline. Read More >>

science
The Best Science Visualisations of the Year

From microscopic coral to massive planets, the natural world is full of beauty on a scale that can only be seen with the aid of a microscope or a telescope. The winners of the 11th annual International Science and Engineering Visualisation Challenge have been announced—sponsored by the journal Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation—letting us zoom in to microscopic scales and zoom out onto planetary scales. Read More >>

robots
This Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot Aims to End Desertification

We're a long way away from having a humanoid robot that you can send on an excursion through a dune-covered desert. That's why, when he wanted to design a robot to collect climate data, designer Shlomi Mir looked to nature. Specifically, to tumbleweeds. Read More >>

environment
Mini Tornado Made Cats Fly and Smashed Trees in Surrey

A quaint little British tornado landed in the town of Chobham on Saturday night, terrorising the local cats, damaging property and knocking out power in parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey as it blew across the home counties. Read More >>

environment
Watch These Wind Turbines Shoot Incredible Lightning Into a Storm

We all know wind turbines can produce electricity, but have you seen them produce lightning? Read More >>

watch this
Become Entranced by These Technicolour Winds Swirling Around Earth

Earth from above is a beautiful sight and, apart from cats and porn, there's almost nothing the internet likes more at the moment than data visualisations. Combine the two and you've got solid gold—or in Earth's case, a stunning, technicolour look at global wind and weather conditions. Read More >>

design
This Wall of Paper Pinwheels Turns Air Into Art

Thousands of paper windmills seem to spin effortlessly in The Wind Portal, an installation by Lebanese artist Najla El Zein at London's V&A Museum this month. However, the production process wasn't exactly effortless. In fact, extreme accuracy was required to build this massive wall of wind, because it relies on air—and air is volatile. Read More >>

design
Install Shelves That Make Your House Look Windy

These shelves throw caution to the wind. They'll blow you away. They're a breeze. Can't. Stop. Puns. Everywhere. Look, the point is that paper scattering in the wind is a great motif for shelves and these are super pretty. Okay? Fine.
These steel shelves called BLOW were conceived by Japanese design studio YOY. Each shelf is A4 letter-sized and twisted to create the look of paper rustling in the breeze. The shelves are only available from the Italian home store Pianoprimo. Maybe adding some aesthetic chaos will make the mess in your house look intentional. [Spoon & Tamago] Read More >>

architecture
Hearing the World’s Tallest Building Creak in a Storm Is Terrifying

Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a lot of things: a testament to humankind's love of building humungous stuff for the hell of it. It's very shiny! And in a bad storm, it sounds like it's about to fall apart. Read More >>

environment
Japan Mulls Nixing Nukes in Favour of Farming Wind

Japan has quite had its fill of nuclear power, thank you very much. As the country rebuilds from the devastating 2011 tsunami and subsequent Daiichi power plant disaster, it's looking toward alternate energy sources. Good call, minna-san. Read More >>

monster machines
The World's Biggest Wind Turbine Is as Broad as an Airbus 380

The first commercial offshore wind turbine that Siemens created 30 years ago had 5-metre long blades and produced a paltry 30kW. A lot can change over three decades. The company's newest offshore model isn't just the biggest in the sea; it's the biggest anywhere. Read More >>

space
Water on the Moon Came From... the Sun?

Water on the moon is nothing particularly revelatory. But a new study suggests that H20 on the surface of the Earth's nearest neighbor comes from a most unlikely place: the Sun. Read More >>

iphone
iPhone Wind Meter Lets You Make Your Own Surf Forecasts

Your local forecaster's weather predictions are a good start if you're a surfer — or really any athlete who relies on the wind — waiting for the perfect conditions. But for more precise on-the-spot forecasts, Shaka's anemometer accessory turns your iPhone into a handheld weather station. Read More >>

architecture
No One Would Complain If All Wind Turbines Looked This Beautiful

We've yet to discover a perfect source of clean energy, and while wind turbines come close, many people still consider them to be an eyesore. But we don't think anyone would complain if they all featured the beautiful spinning helix design of the Hercules turbine. Read More >>

monster machines
High-Flying Turbine Blimps Could Cut Wind Electricity Costs By 65 Per Cent

Wind blows stronger and more consistently as you rise above ground obstacles like buildings, trees, and hills. This makes for a lucrative green energy source—assuming you can lift generators 1000 feet in the air. This Airborne Wind Turbine could well become the first. Read More >>

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