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What Will Tesla Unveil? What's Elon Musk's 'Missing Piece'?

Tesla is expected to debut a next-generation battery that can house solar and wind energy, and do much more than just power one of its sporty electric cars.

Energy April 30, 2015

Superconductivity Makes Radiation Pressure A Million Times Stronger

Radiation pressure can be increased by a million times using a superconductor. How could this finding help us see quantum mechanics at work in our everyday world?

Energy April 28, 2015

Philips Wants You To Buy LED Bulbs: Who Can Ignore $5 Two-For-One Offer?

Philips has just released a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb that costs under $5. Consumers can also enjoy not just one but two LED bulbs per pack for a limited time offer.

Energy April 22, 2015

Biosynthesis Could Be The Path To Renewable Propane As A Next-Generation Biofuel: Study

Scientists use genetic engineering to create renewable, clean-burning propane. Such a biofuel could complement dwindling supplies of fossil fuel, currently the only source of propane.

Energy April 13, 2015

Corn Husks, Cobs, And Stalks May Fuel Green Cars Of The Future

A newly discovered method makes creating hydrogen fuel from corn stalks, corn cobs and corn husks possible, with reduced time and costs. This could lead to further developments in hydrogen-powered cars.

Energy April 7, 2015

Stanford Researchers Develop Aluminum Battery That Charges Fully In One Minute

Not only does the new battery charge in a minute, it may be cheaper than batteries powering mobile devices today. It's also nearly fire-proof. The only challenge is that it only has half the voltage of current batteries.

Energy April 7, 2015

Tesla To Unveil An All-New Product On April 30 — Is It A Home Battery?

Tesla is set to unveil an all-new product on April 30, leading to speculation that it could be the home battery that Elon Musk teased a few months ago. Who is the device targeted toward?

Energy March 30, 2015

New Processing Technology Converts Waste Packing Peanuts Into Carbon Electrodes For Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers have found a way to make good use of the tons and tons of packing peanuts that fill up wastelands and stay there for several years.

Energy March 23, 2015

Flawed Graphene Structure Actually Improves Fuel Cells

Less-than-perfect layer of graphene actually works better in a fuel cell than one with perfect structure, researchers say. Discovery could lead to simpler, more efficient fuel cells, they predict.

Energy March 17, 2015

JAXA Scientists Transmit Wireless Power Through 170 Feet Of Air: Next Up - Orbital Solar Farms

Solar collectors in space could deliver large amounts of electricity to Earth, but the trouble is sending the power to Earth. That may be possible soon, following a new experiment.

Energy March 15, 2015

Researchers Combine Biomass Conversion With Solar Energy Conversion For More Efficient Renewable Energy

A new novel technique developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison combines the process of biomass conversion with the process of solar energy conversion to create a better method for developing renewable energy.

Energy March 10, 2015

Britain's Solar Power Industry Worried About Impending Solar Eclipse

With a total solar eclipse on the way, Britain's solar power industry is bracing for the worst.

Energy March 9, 2015

Technology Based On Moth Eye Could Herald Next Generation Of Solar Cells

Want to make the most out of solar cells? Researchers take inspiration from moth eyes in developing technology that improves sunlight absorption, which in turn improves power output.

Energy March 7, 2015

Cambridge Researchers Design And Build Bus Shelter Powered By Plants

By using plant walls and solar panels, researchers from Cambridge University were able to produce electricity that could power up 'the greenest bus shelter.'

Energy March 7, 2015

Homer Simpson Predicted Mass Of Higgs Boson In 1998 -- More Than A Decade Before CERN

Homer Simpson may be portrayed as ignorant and incompetent in the animated TV series "The Simpsons" but the cartoon character has outsmarted the world's brightest minds by predicting the mass of the elementary particle Higgs Boson long before it was discovered.

Energy March 3, 2015

New Electrolyte Solves Problem Of Limited Battery Power

Lithium batteries that are both more powerful and more efficient could result from newly developed electrolyte, researchers say. Problems of internal short circuits that shorten battery life could be a thing of the past, they say.

Energy February 26, 2015

University Professor Develops System To Turn Wastewater Into Fresh Water

A professor at Missouri University has developed a system that not only converts wastewater into fresh water, but also does it more efficiently than currently employed methods at wastewater management facilities.

Energy February 20, 2015

Bionic Leaf Can Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel: Better Than Solar Cells?

A new bionic leaf, inspired by nature, can create fuel. The new energy approach may prove more popular than solar cells, which have not caught fire in the consumer realm.

Energy February 14, 2015

From Solar Energy To Liquid Fuel: Scientists Use Bacteria The Way Plants Do

A bionic leaf uses a bacteria to produce environmentally-friendly fuels, and many other materials. What could this discovery mean for the future?

Energy February 10, 2015

Nanyang Technological University Students + 3D Printer Equals Super Cool 3D-Printed Solar-Powered Concept Car

Students from Nanyang Technological University have developed a 3D printed solar-powered car, the first of its kind in the world. The car is being entered against other concept cars in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia.

Energy February 7, 2015

Researchers Figure Out Method to Make Jet Fuel and Biodiesel Using Algae

Before algae can be turned into biodiesel, it has to go through an elaborate process. Researchers have managed to not just produce top-notch biodiesel but also came up with jet fuel, also sourced from algae.

Energy January 30, 2015

'Bulletproof' Battery Taps Kevlar For Fire Prevention Features

Researchers have found a way to protect batteries from internal fires using the same material that can stop bullets. The bulletproof batteries could prevent fires like those that grounded the Boeing 747 Dreamliner in 2013.

Energy January 28, 2015

Discovery of New Metamaterial May Pave the Way to Development of Invisibility Cloaks

No magic, just pure science! Researchers are a step closer to bending the laws of nature and making invisibility a reality, thanks to the discovery of a new metamaterial.

Energy January 27, 2015

Nothing Impossible: Scientists Slow Down Speed of Light

Scientists claim that they can slow down the speed of light by altering the shape of the photons. The latest findings provide new insight into the properties of light.

Energy January 24, 2015

Scientists Use Laser to Make Metal Hydrophobic: Here's How

By using a laser-patterning technique, two researchers from the University of Rochester were able to give metals new super-hydrophobic property, which makes the surface extremely difficult to wet.

Energy January 21, 2015

Amazing Maser! Princeton University Researchers Build Microwave Laser No Bigger Than Rice Grain

Researchers exploring ways to use quantum dots have built the tiny microwave laser. The device is hailed as a step toward the development of quantum computing systems that use semiconductor materials.

Energy January 17, 2015

Lower Energy Consumption in Cities Could Have Broad Mitigating Effects on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Identifying ways for world's cities to be more energy-efficient could help attain climate goals, report suggests. Cities currently consume majority of world's energy resources, emit most of the world's greenhouse gases, researchers say.

Energy January 13, 2015

Special Nanowire Cloth Heats Up Your Body to Help Endure This Cold Winter

Nanotechnology could keep you warm in winter without having to turn the thermostat up. Nanowire clothing may keep you toasty warm in winter.

Energy January 13, 2015

Large Hadron Collider Set to Fire in May 2015. Going Beyond God Particle?

With the Large Hadron Collider packing more energy, scientists hope it can discover the particles that make up dark matter and find other kinds of Higgs boson. It will restart in 2015 after undergoing two years of expensive upgrade.

Energy December 30, 2014

Champagne Bubbles May Help Solve Our Future Energy Needs: Here's Why

Scientists use supercomputers to study bubbles in boiling water. Their objective? More efficient electrical-generating power plants.

Energy December 22, 2014

Large Thermoelectric Power Plants Could Generate Low-Cost Electricity

Large floating power plants could use ocean water temperatures to generate low-cost electricity. Such technology could give solar power a run for its money.

Energy December 22, 2014

Graphene Wrap Improves Lithium-Sulfur Batteries. Goodbye, Lithium-ion Batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries may be the trend now, but they could soon be a thing of the past with a new discovery that can make lithium-sulfur batteries mainstream.

Energy December 20, 2014

CERN Preparing to Relaunch the LHC by March

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be relaunched by March 2015. The LHC went for a two-year pause for necessary upgrade and maintenance work.

Energy December 15, 2014

Tabletop Compact Particle Accelerator Sets New World Record

Researchers have achieved record-setting energies using an accelerator that can fit on a table. Experts say this can pave the way for compact x-ray lasers and high-energy colliders.

Energy December 9, 2014

New Heat Transfer Technology Helps Buildings Keep Cool: Here's How

A new high-tech coating material can cool buildings by reflecting sunlight and also sucking heat out and sending it into space. Stanford researchers say this "photonic radiative cooling" process could save on air conditioning costs.

Energy November 28, 2014

Revolutionary Material Cools Building by Dumping Heat into Outer Space

Stanford engineers have developed a new material that can cool buildings without requiring electricity. The photonic radiative cooling process reflects much of the sunlight, which strikes the material, then sucks internal heat from the building.

Energy November 27, 2014

Graphene's Weak Spot May Help Fuel Cells

Graphene, thought to be impermeable to any gas or liquid, may not be -- and that's a good thing, researchers say. Ability of protons to move through the material could drive fuel cell technology, they say.

Energy November 26, 2014

Jackie Chan's 'Police Story 3: Supercop' Blu-Ray Disc Finds Novel Use in Solar Panel

By using Blu-ray discs of a Jackie Chan movie, researchers from the Northwestern University have found that Blu-ray discs can serve as a cheaper way of boosting the power conversion efficiency of solar panels by almost 12 percent.

Energy November 26, 2014

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Talking Batteries, Partnership With BMW

Tesla and BMW are in unofficial talks about collaborating to advance the tech behind batteries and charging stations. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also interested in BMW's lightweight car parts.

Energy November 24, 2014

UK's Bio-Bus Channels the Power of Poop

A poop bus is ferrying passengers in England. How much human waste does it take to power a bus?

Energy November 20, 2014

Poop May Soon Power Your Smartphone

Sometimes solutions come in the unlikeliest places. In this case, poop, where electrons happily hop in, a process that can be harnessed to produce electricity to power devices.

Energy November 20, 2014

GPS Satellites Have a New Job: Find the Elusive Dark Matter

GPS satellites that use atomic clocks can be used to detect dark matter, two physicists suggest. An interaction with dark matter is posited to result in time discrepancy and leave a distinct signature.

Energy November 18, 2014

Facebook Goes Wind Power Route With Next-Gen Iowa Data Center

Facebook's newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, has officially begun serving traffic in the center of the U.S. This data center is not only extremely high tech but it is also powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Energy November 14, 2014

Scientists Test Nanopore, Stamp-size Battery You Can Charge in 12 Minutes

Big things come in small packages. In this case, about as small as a stamp. Researchers successfully make a battery that’s tiny but mighty.

Energy November 13, 2014

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