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Canadian startup looking to sell electric cars in a completely different way

An upstart Canadian auto seller is aiming to drive the worldwide market for electric vehicle sales by launching an innovative web-based sales platform and showroom that will move transactions online and away from the traditional car lot.<p>Dedicated solely to electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, the …

How do you create energy from magnets and plasma hotter than the centre of the Sun?

Tokamak Energy says fusion energy could be powering UK homes in just 15 years.<p>Nuclear fusion is often touted as the Holy Grail of sustainable energy. …

Awesome Video Compares the Size of Different Planets and Stars in the Universe

If you want to feel small and get a sense for the awesomely overwhelming scale of the universe and all of its planets and stars and empty space, …

Google is working on 'bioelectronics' with a British pharmaceutical giant

GSK will own 55% of the new joint venture, called Galvani Bioelectronics, while Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) will own the rest.<p>The two companies will invest £540 million in the new UK-based business over 7 years, as well as contributing intellectual property …

"Computational Thermoforming" Almost Seems Like Magic

It's amazing what you can do with a 3D-printer and a vacuum former.<p>3D printing is incredibly useful but it does have its limitations, one of which is that it's very hard to print anything more visually sophisticated than a single-colored object. Not if you use the process of "computational …

A Plane Just Flew Around The World Without A Single Drop Of Fuel

The flight of Solar Impulse 2 is a huge achievement for clean energy.<p>More than a year after it first took to the skies, a solar-powered plane has completed an epic around-the-world journey without burning a single drop of fuel.<p>The revolutionary, single-seat Solar Impulse 2 touched down Tuesday …

Solar Impulse

Breakthrough battery tech could make electric cars more efficient

Researchers have proposed a new lithium-oxygen battery technology that could make long-distance electric cars (and smartphones that don't need …

Super-efficient solar cells can power homes in unforgiving areas

Scientists have long talked about black silicon (that is, silicon with nano-sized structures) having the potential to trump conventional solar power, and there's now some proof that this is happening. Aalto University researchers have developed black silicon solar cells that achieve a record 22.1 …

World’s First 24/7 Solar Power Plant Powers 75,000 Homes

SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes Project in Tonopah, Nevada is quietly providing clean, green solar energy to 75,000 homes in the Silver State even when …

"Hourglass" Coal-Killing Steampunk Energy Storage System Could Pump More Wind, Solar Into Grid

<b>Published on</b> May 26th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>14<p>“Hourglass” Coal-Killing Steampunk Energy Storage System Could Pump More Wind, Solar Into Grid<p>May 26th, …

New Google App Lets You Conduct Science Experiments With Your Phone

Google’s latest free app for aspiring scientists transforms your smartphone into a laboratory and the world around you into a science experiment. The …

Darth Vader

Your Old Cell-Phone Batteries Could Power Solar Lamps For 3 Years

Better than recycling that old phone battery, it can be put to good use helping deliver kerosene-free lighting to the poor.<p>Reuse is always better than recycling, because it uses way fewer resources. And if the reusable item is an environmentally filthy cell-phone battery, all the better. That’s why …

How An Open-Source Cloud Storage Company Is Taking On Amazon and Google

The little guy, with big capacity<p>Backblaze's first server was built in a plywood box in 2007. Now the company, which is dedicated to offering personal cloud backups, stores 200 petabytes in total. (That's 200 million gigabytes.)<p>But this cloud storage company doesn't look like the big names in the …

Cloud Computing

Samsung’s next wearable could be a smart contact lens called Gear Blink

Samsung has virtual reality covered with the Gear VR, but the Korean giant might have also plans to enter the world of augmented reality. However, …

Augmented Reality

This tiny 3D printed 'Gameboy' Raspberry Pi Zero will take you back to the 90s

Mar 20, 2016 | By Benedict<p>Danish 3D printing wunderkind Rasmus Hauschild has built an incredibly cool Raspberry Pi Zero with 3D printed Gameboy-style …

Raspberry Pi

This Temporary Tattoo Can Monitor Diabetics' Glucose Levels as Accurately as a Finger Prick

A flexible and easy-to-wear temporary tattoo could help diabetics manage their condition without daily finger pricks.<p>Engineers from the University of …

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MIT Grew A Solar Cell Light Enough To Slap On Just About Anything

They’re 400 times lighter than current solar cells, but still powerful enough to juice your iPhone without adding any weight.<p>Solar cells are a great way of collecting and storing energy to power gadgets. There’s just one problem: they’re heavy. A typical silicon-based solar module can only produce …

How to scrape data from web using python

Can you guess a simple way you can get data from a web page? It’s through a technique called web scraping.In case you are not familiar with web …

Python Programming

Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

A new video released by the space agency discusses the possibility of speeding up our missions to other worlds by harnessing the power of lasers.<p>Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has …

Space Travel

UCI team's design for 700 mph pod advances in SpaceX competition

UC Irvine's HyperXite team, which is working to develop a pod that would speed travelers through an above-ground tube at more than 700 mph, finished fifth in the design phase of the internationalSpaceXHyperloop Pod Competition and will move on in the contest.<p>More than 1,000 students on about 120 …

High-speed Rail

Google Makes Learning Neural Networks Free

Holy puppy slugs, Batman...<p>Like many other tech companies and researchers—and a growing number of digital artists—Google is very interested in machine learning, a vital component in creating artificially intelligent neural networks that would allow future machines to "think." More than that, they …

Can Google’s AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms?

When the game-playing system AlphaGo defeated a master of the Chinese game go five games to nil, its creators could not explain why. Is this a sign of intuitive AI?<p>Last week, researchers at the artificial intelligence company DeepMind, which is now owned by Google, announced an extraordinary …

Artificial Intelligence

The best thing a business could do for the environment is shut down

... of course, they’re not going to do that. So how do managers balance their climate change fears and the reality of the business world?<p>Earlier this week Tim Sanderson, a former executive of the fossil fuel giant BP, wrote about the pride he felt for his daughter after her involvement in a climate …

Climate

Watch Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd Face Off in a Game of Quantum Chess

Quick, who would win in a game of quantum chess: the brilliant, world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, or the goofy, lovable actor …

Sweat Sensors Track Athletes' Health

Coming soon to a fitness tracker near you<p>You might not know it, but your sweat is pretty valuable. The varying chemical concentrations in sweat reveal your blood sugar level, whether you’re dehydrated, or if your blood is not pumping fast enough to a particular tissue. Now a team of researchers led …

Stephen Hawking Says 'God Particle' Could Wipe Out the Universe

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle …

Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth

From supermarket bags to CDs, man-made waste has contaminated the entire globe, and become a marker of a new geological epoch<p>Humans have made enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm, an international study has revealed. This ability to plaster the planet in …

Pollution

Stocks: How scared should we be?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how worried are you?<p>Richard Quest, CNN's chief international business correspondent, has put that question to a lot of VIPs at Davos. Responses range from 2.5 to 9.<p>The reality is probably somewhere between 5 and 6 -- the average of what CEOs and global leaders say.<p>Yes, stocks …

Stock Markets

The Surprisingly Old Physics Of Wireless Charging

My smartphone–the one I amazingly didn’t lose off the roof of my car– was getting on in years, so last week, I picked up a new one, pictured above. It’s a Droid Turbo, and among the various gadgets I got with it is a wireless charger. While this is distinctly less efficient than plugging it into a …

Physics