Could a captive tornado power an entire city?

The Thiel Foundation's Breakout Labs recently announced its plans to fund a radical new approach to producing cheap and clean energy. Called the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE), the highly conceptual power plant would generate a controlled tornado that drives multiple turbines. With controlled being the key word, here. » 12/26/12 3:30pm 12/26/12 3:30pm

Billionaire Peter Thiel invests in the development of 3D printed meat

The prospect of lab-grown meat has intrigued both vegetarians and environmentalists for years. Humans eat about 240 billion kilograms of meat each year — a voracious demand for animal protein that has resulted in environmental degradation, cruelty to livestock, and the spread of dangerous diseases. And now, owing to… » 8/20/12 1:20pm 8/20/12 1:20pm

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel says science fiction has…

Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, is known for his extreme views on everything from taxes (there shouldn't be any) and women's suffrage (it never should have happened). He's also a starry-eyed libertarian futurist who has invested heavily in the seasteader movement, which wants to create floating cities in the ocean… » 12/26/11 7:30am 12/26/11 7:30am