The World’s First Carbon Concrete Building Is Under Construction

Despite all the chaos in the world, amazing innovation continues.

From Interesting Engineering:

Specifically, the concrete used for The Cube will be strengthened with carbon fiber yarn, which is made by extracting almost pure carbon crystals via a process of thermal decomposition known as pyrolysis. The yarn is then woven into a mesh that the concrete is poured onto before setting. As the carbon fiber doesn’t rust, the carbon concrete is also more durable over a longer period than steel rod-strengthened concrete. As structures can be much thinner due to the lack of steel rods — which often require more thickness to prevent water penetration — Henn says that this will enable “a future architecture where environmentally conscious design is paired with formal freedom and radical rethinking of the most basic architectural elements.”

Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.

An evergreen comic/article by The Oatmeal. It’s both humorous, and educational about how truly amazing Tesla was, and, by contrast, how overrated Thomas Edison was/is.

Tesla was known for discovering amazing things and then forgetting to write them down. Edison was known for rushing to the patent office as soon as one of his employees had something.

The Oatmeal