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DIY Li-ion battery building kit opens door for homemade ebikes, powerwalls and even EVs

For DIY enthusiasts in the green energy community, homemade lithium-ion battery packs have long been a holy grail. For everything from home solar energy storage to garage-built electric bicycles, go-karts and full-size EVs, lithium-ion batteries were once one of the most limiting factors for …

Clean Energy
Nanotech

7 clever ways to use that USB drive again

Thumb drives used to be so cool. They came in every shape and material, from little plastic rectangles to rubber wristbands, novelty animals, and pens sporting a built-in USB-drive. We used to marvel at the data they contained, easily dragged and dropped into a special icon. They were simple and …

Portable

Innovations in electric motor technology: the first 100 years

Variable frequency drive (VFD) and other motor advancements that help manufacturers originated from experiments and developments in the 19th century …

The Future of Food

A glimpse of the future of food can be seen through the eyes of Andrew Ive, M.B.A. ’97. He is managing director of the world’s largest food-company …

How to make yourself work when you’re not in the mood

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they’re tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, only to go home and …

Procrastination

A Saltier Charge: The First Pocket-Sized Sodium-Ion Battery Is Here, Almost

Care for a little salt with your rechargeable battery? Researchers in France have announced their first prototype for a compact sodium-ion …

Clean Energy

Transparent solar cells could turn your windows into power sources

Until now, solar cells of this kind have been only partially transparent and usually a bit tinted, but these new ones are so clear that they're practically indistinguishable from a normal pane of glass.<p>Previous claims toward transparent solar panels have been misleading, since the very nature of …

Clean Energy

Researchers discover "zombie solar cells" that generate power even after electrolyte evaporation

A group of researchers at Uppsala University has discovered a "zombie solar cell" that continues to generate electricity with unexpected …

Solar Panels

SolarCity in Kauai: The company has a brilliant, battery-centered plan to solve solar’s nighttime problem.

How do you get solar power when the sun goes down?<p>This isn’t a trick question.<p>Advertisement<p>One answer: You generate power from solar panels during …

SolarCity

10 Educational Web Tools That Support Inquiry-based Learning

September , 2015<br>As a learning strategy, inquiry-based learning is all about learners constructing their own understanding and knowledge through …

Education Technology

The Best Time Management Strategy: Don’t Find the Time, Find the Why

Over the past few months, I’ve been interviewing people for my upcoming book on dream jobs. Many of the people I’ve talked to are really busy—they’ve …

Time Management

10 Things To Do To Change Your Life Forever

<i>“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”</i><br>~ John F. Kennedy<p>The one constant thing in …

Forget Business School--Just Watch These 10 TED Talks

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.<p>In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level …

Self-improvement