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This Self-Cooling Roof Could Reduce The Need For Air Conditioners

A new material for roofs has been developed that reflects back almost all of the sunlight that hits it, potentially eliminating the need for air conditioning. The roof material will also help keep the neighborhood cooler, helping prevent the 'urban heat island' effect.

Energy June 19, 2015

Watch The Humidity In The Air Power This Miniature Car

Scientists at Columbia University have discovered a way of using humidity as a power source. They managed to power a tiny vehicle using bacterial spores that expand in humid conditions.

Energy June 17, 2015

SpaceX Is Officially Building Hyperloop Test And Elon Musk Wants Help Designing Pods

SpaceX is building a test track for the Hyperloop high-speed rail that could transport passengers from San Francisco to LA in 30 minutes. Elon Musk has launched an open competition to design the pods that will catapult people through tubes at 760 mph.

Energy June 15, 2015

New Designer Carbon Means Better Energy Storage And Better Batteries

A team of researchers at Stanford University recently created a new and versatile form of designer carbon, which could lead to better energy storage, as well as longer-lasting batteries and supercapacitors.

Energy June 11, 2015

This Origami Battery Is Made From Paper And Powered By Bacteria

Engineers at Binghamton University have developed an inexpensive method to produce foldable batteries made from paper. The new technology uses microbial respiration to generate enough power to operate a paper-based biosensor.

Energy June 12, 2015

Sugarcane Used To Create Environmentally-Friendly Jet Fuel

Sugarcane can be a source of biomass for producing 'green' alternative jet fuel, researchers say. The resulting fuel burns cleaner than fossil fuel, they report.

Energy June 10, 2015

Amazon Web Services Announces Plan To Build Massive Solar Farm In Virginia

Internet giant Amazon Web Services announced a plan to build the largest solar farm in the state of Virginia to further its recent commitment to renewable energy. The plant will provide power to the company’s data centers.

Energy June 10, 2015

Kickstarter Page To Fund Solar-Powered Underground Park In New York City Launches

Ambitious developers have launched a Kickstarter page to deliver a solar-powered underground park called 'The Lowline' on New York City's Lower East Side.

Energy June 10, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Personal Power Pack: How Does It Compare With Tesla's Powerwall?

Mercedes Benz with parent company Daimler has announced that it will be releasing a personal power pack similar to Tesla Motors' Powerwall. Can a comparison already be made between the two energy products?

Energy June 10, 2015

UW Project Seeks To Power IoT Using Wi-Fi Signals: Hello, Po-Wi-Fi

Researchers have developed a way to draw out the small amount of power passed along in Wi-Fi broadcasts. To prove the tech works, the researchers wirelessly powered a fitness tracker from up to 28 feet away.

Energy June 8, 2015

We're Throwing Away Perfectly Usable Batteries, Says Maker Of Battery Boost Device

Batteriser, a voltage booster, can yield the 80 percent of a battery's energy that usually gets thrown out, the maker says. A thin sleeve fits over the battery that still fits in most battery compartments.

Energy June 3, 2015

Akon's Solar Power Initiative Aims To Bring Electricity To 600 Million People In Africa

Akon hopes to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa with his 'Akon Lighting Africa' Solar Academy initiative.

Energy June 3, 2015

Large Hadron Collider All Set To Go Full Blast And Search For Answers About Dark Matter And Other Particles

After undergoing repair and maintenance, the Large Hadron Collider will resume smashing particles now at an unprecedented speed. Scientists hope the particle accelerator's second run would shed light on the mystery of dark matter and lead to discovery of other particles.

Energy June 3, 2015

Large Hadron Collider Smashes Energy Record Following Re-Start

Tests at the LHC have set a new energy record for atom smashers. What mysteries of the universe could be found at these tremendous energies?

Energy May 21, 2015

Researchers Move One Step Closer To Creating 'Speed Of Light' Computers

Tiny 'beamsplitter' on a chip could let computers work with data at the speed of light, researchers say. Discovery could remove electronic bottleneck hampering current machines, they predict.

Energy May 18, 2015

Scientists Find Breakthrough Technique To Harvest Solar Energy But They Still Have A Problem

A group of researchers have come up with a system that can harvest and store solar energy. The technique, however, has challenges when it comes to releasing the stored energy.

Energy May 10, 2015

Want A Tesla Powerwall? It's Sold Out Until Mid-2016

There are already 38,000 reservations for the Powerwall energy storage system of Tesla Motors, causing the device to be sold out until the middle of next year.

Energy May 8, 2015

Scientists Manage To 'Create' Images From Thunder Sound Waves

Scientists create images from thunder sound waves. The latest study will help scientists in improved weather forecasting.

Energy May 6, 2015

Carl Sagan's Solar Sail Goes On Test Flight On May 20: Why You Should Care

LightSail, a spacecraft that uses solar sails powered solely by the sun's rays in its flight through space, was once just Carl Sagan's imagination. A test flight for this spacecraft is set this May.

Energy May 10, 2015

Tesla's New Battery Technology Powerwall: Here's Why It's A Big Deal

Tesla Motors gives birth to Tesla Energy. The automaker's new energy arm will mass produce batteries for consumers, companies and countries.

Energy May 4, 2015

Tesla Powerwall Unveiled: Is This Really The Energy Of The Future?

Tesla has finally unveiled its home battery solution, called the Powerwall, which is aimed at allowing users to more effectively store energy. Does it represent the way of the future?

Energy May 2, 2015

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

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