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December 4, 2016

All all-electric submarine, and more in the week that was

by John_A

Are personal submarines the vehicles of the future? This week Ortega Submersible launched an all-electric sub that allows three divers to fly through the sea. In other transportation news, a Swiss pilot is testing the boundaries of solar flight by taking a sun-powered airplane to the edge of space. Public transportation is generally seen as safe and secure, but this week hackers broke into San Francisco’s Muni system and demanded a $70,000 ransom. A team of automakers is planning a fast-charging electric vehicle superhighway in Europe, and Copenhagen now officially has more bicycles than cars.

Nuclear waste is difficult to get rid of, but scientists just found a way to turn it into diamond batteries that last virtually forever. India just fired up the world’s largest solar plant, which produces enough electricity to power 150,000 homes. Energy-generating solar roadways are set to hit four continents next year. And Aarhaus, Denmark became the world’s first city to power its water treatment facility with sewage.

Human development is changing the face of the planet, and a new Google timelapse shows just how much havoc we’ve wrought in the last 32 years. Meanwhile, a team of scientists confirmed that a long-feared, catastrophic climate feedback loop is causing greenhouse gases to rise from the ground beneath our feet. In other science and technology news, scientists have found a way to make water freeze at boiling temperatures. Ukraine has built the world’s largest moveable metal structure, and this week they used it to seal Chernobyl’s critically damaged reactor number four. And a petal-shaped pod transportation station offers an elegant mobility solution for Dubai.

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