Alex Bivens

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Big German power company backs Silicon Valley battery startup

Silicon Valley battery startup Stem has raised $45 million from investors including the energy trading arm of big German power company RWE Group. …

Japan's nuclear restart could spell disaster for commodities

Although Japan won't turn its reactors back on en masse, the Sendai nuclear power plant owned by Kyushu Electric Power is set to come back online this week, the first reactor to do so in years. Kyushu expects to switch back on a second reactor in October. And in 2016, 11 more units could be …

Here's what science says about how digital technology REALLY affects our brains

Experts are divided on the impacts all this screen-time is having on our brains.<p>Some people claim that use of the internet, social media, and computer games is having a negative impact on social interaction, empathy, and even personal identity.<p>But the research doesn't totally support these views, …

Relationship Sex Advice: Is Bad Sex a Deal-Breaker?

You've heard the saying: "Sex is like pizza—even when it's bad, it's good." But is it really? According to our unofficial poll, <i>some</i> men and women are willing to be in a relationship if the sex is a little "meh," but most say no way.<p>Here's how 10 men and 10 women answered when asked: <b>"Is bad sex a</b> …

Microscopic rake doubles efficiency of low-cost solar cells

Researchers have developed a manufacturing technique that could double the electricity output of inexpensive solar cells by using a microscopic rake …

Why Laptop-Tablet Hybrids Aren't the Future of Computers

I’ve long used type of portable computer for work, starting with the early so-called “luggables” that weighed as much as 10 pounds. Portable …

The clever way Google X wants to bring clean energy to the masses

With this reorganization, a lot of Google's investments in moonshot ideas are now being managed separately —including all of the projects that are a part of its Google X division, which is a semi-secret lab that develops advanced technologies.<p>One of the most ambitious projects that Google X has …