November 23, 2021A telecommunications satellite with an iodine-based electric propulsion system has been successfully tested in space.
November 9, 2021Some 1,300 years ago, a pair of skis were lost or abandoned high on a windswept mountain in southern Norway where patches of snow and ice persist year-round.
November 23, 2023Scientists are harnessing advances in computer technology and artificial intelligence to build climate models that provide useful information at the scale of homes, neighborhoods and businesses.
March 31, 2021Around 3000 BC in the ancient Egyptian town of Abydos, beer was brewed for kings in 5,000-gallon batches.
May 24, 2015High-tech batteries may be garnering the headlines. But utilities from Spain to China are increasingly relying on pumped storage hydroelectricity first used in the 1890s to overcome the intermittent nature of wind and solar power.
October 10, 2023
On what are known as game days to teams inside Amazon, millions of virtual “customers” log on to the Amazon Store to search for items, browse product pages, load shopping carts, and check out as if they were real customers hunting for bargains during a sale such as Prime Day. “It’s like a fire drill, a planned practice,” said Molly McElheny, a principal technical program manager.
July 18, 2023
Planet Earth is getting a digital twin. A pair of friends who met during high school in an online forum are now using their PhDs in computer science to pioneer artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that will allow them to create an exact digital replica of the world — one that adds deep and rich layers of detail and nuance to the traditional online mapping experience.
July 28, 2022
Latham, New York – Hydrogen fuel cells packed into a pair of 40-foot-long shipping containers here ramped up on an overcast day early this June as engineers gathered around laptops displaying data on the state, health and power output of the cells in this first-of-a-kind hydrogen generator. “This is it, it’s running at three megawatts right now,” exclaimed Mark Monroe, a Microsoft engineer.
April 6, 2021
Quincy, Washington – Ping! Emails and other communications sent between Microsoft employees are literally making liquid boil inside a steel holding tank packed with computer servers at this datacenter on the eastern bank of the Columbia River. Unlike water, the fluid inside the couch-shaped tank is harmless to electronic equipment and engineered to boil at 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
March 3, 2016
From Bonneville County, Idaho, to Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, tablet-toting agronomists with Anheuser-Busch InBev — the world’s largest brewer by volume — are visiting farmers who grow the company’s malt barley, a key ingredient in beer. These meetings are a decades-old ritual: Growers review contracts as agronomists offer advice on ways to maximize productivity and profitability.
April 29, 2015
Glacier, Washington, is the final stop for coffee and treats on the Mt. Baker Highway, which ends at a ski area holding the world record for most snowfall in a season. The small town in the woods might seem an unlikely spot for a $9.6 million warehouse to store excess energy, but it might prove the perfect testing ground. The area's winter storms routinely knock out power to Glacier.
About John Roach
John Roach is a storyteller, writer and editor with two decades of experience as a science and technology journalist. He is curiosity driven, dives into research, ask questions and sculpts answers into narratives that resonate with readers. He currently writes about artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, digital infrastructure and sustainability. Earlier, he worked in digital media as a reporter for the Environmental News Network, National Geographic and NBC News.