One of the things I noticed when I moved from the UK to the US was that the power system seemed quite a bit more unreliable - and that's backed up by most statistics. This set of interviews digs into that and some of the root causes and reasoning.
Among some other interesting points, I like the discussion of exactly which metric to look at - as with all metrics, each one is bad in its own way - as well as the discussion of cost (power here is very cheap) and the US's very large amount of incredibly rural areas with power supplied to them.
I have no doubt in my mind that the US power system is under-invested - even if I choose to ignore Texas and their almost self-inflicted power problems - but it's interesting to read some insight from industry insiders into exactly what the differences versus Europe and Asia's systems is, specifically - as those latter ones tend to be a lot more "reliable", no matter what metric you go for.
Lego is arguably one of the most famous plastic products in existence, and they're also one of the most picky when it comes to the properties of the plastic they use for their bricks. Lego bricks both have to be non-toxic and durable, and also have the perfect clutch power - how well they hold onto each other when pulled apart.
For this reason, they've been unable to use recycled plastics, and currently burn through a lot of fresh plastic (and thus oil) every year. Now, though, it seems like they're getting close to a recycled plastic blend that has the right properties - unlike the previous attempts, where the clutch power was so strong you literally couldn't pull the bricks apart.
Museums are more than the objects they have on display - a lot more, usually. The bulk of many museums' collections are stored behind the scenes in the archives, with staff meticulously cataloguing them and restoring them to preserve them for future generations.
In the case of the Science Museum Group in the UK, they really have a lot - over 150 years of artifacts, in fact - and up until now, they'd been storing them in an increasingly scattered set of locations, in what seems like a "wherever you can find" sort of deal.
They need to worry no longer, though, as their new facility has six square kilometres of floor space and 30,000km of shelving, making the task of storing history that much easier. I am very excited to go visit when they finally get it all up and running and open for tours in a few years - nobody appreciates infrastructure quite like science museums.
Football (soccer) pitches, it turns out, are modern works of science and art - carefully grown and managed by experts in their field to provide just the right kind of surface bound and traction, all while standing up to the intense use they get during a match.
The linked article goes through some of the history of the modern pitch, the sheer lengths the groundskeepers will go to so they look good for big competitions, and there's also a fun bit in there about how the surfaces vary by sport - American football wants a pitch with more traction than "normal" football for example, and tennis wants grass so hard and bouncy it's basically asphalt.
As someone vigorously replacing his water-hungry turf because I live in a very dry area, I can't help but think that the UK climate helps a lot with growing the grass so well, but I also don't want to detract from the sheer amount of work these people put in to get that grass so, so perfect.