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FedEx Tests Wrightspeed Electric Trucks With Diesel Turbine Range Extender

While electric passenger vehicles get the lion's share of public attention, commercial trucks are often as good or better for electric drive.<p>With a …

A Solar Car Built by Australian Students Has Broken The Electric Vehicle World Speed Record

<b>Update 7/12/2014: The Sunswift team now need help to turn eVe into Australia's first road-registered solar-powered car. Check out their crowd-funding</b> …

University of New South Wales

Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

It actually takes quite a lot of fossil fuel power to reach the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro. You have to catch a commercial jet flight, a propeller plane and then a ferry to reach what was once the end of the known world, before Columbus set sail.<p>But once you're there, there's no need for …

Liquid Benzene Squeezed to Form Diamond Nanothreads

The classic Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” may have a new meaning. Scientists announced they have likely discovered the strongest, …

Engineering

IBM's New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy just unveiled a cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower! …

MIT's underwater robot can sniff out contraband hidden underneath ships

That object above might look like a benign, slightly deformed bowling ball, but it's actually something far more advanced. It's an aquatic robot designed by a couple of MIT researchers, which can surreptitiously inspect the hulls and propeller shafts of ships at port to bust anyone trying to …

This little laser could be the key to inexpensive self-driving cars

To listen to the Googles and the Elon Musks of the world is to believe that one day soon, we'll be tooting down in the highway in cars that control themselves. Those cars will need eyes, though, and that's where a company called Velodyne Acoustics comes in -- it whipped up the Puck, a scaled down …

Facebook offers more details on its internet-beaming planes

We've known about Facebook's ambitious plans to bring internet to developing areas via drone for a while now. At the Social Good Summit this week, Facebook Connectivity Lab's Yael Maguire revealed more details about what the social network is hoping to accomplish. Speaking with <i>Mashable</i> CEO Pete …

Robotic fabric acts like a muscle, makes foam blocks wriggle

When we think about robotics, we don't typically think about a lump of inert foam -- but with the right clothing, it counts. Researchers at Purdue University are developing a robotic fabric that can be used to make so-called "soft" robots out of foam and other lightweight materials. The team has …

Rockefeller fund to move its fortune from oil to green tech

If you're in any way familiar with the history of energy, then the name Rockefeller is synonymous with oil. That's why it's such a surprise to learn that the Rockefeller Brothers fund, worth $860 million, has pledged to dump its remaining investments in fossil fuel production over the next five …

Researchers developing reactor powered by nuclear waste

Nuclear energy could have curbed C02 emissions long ago if not for one problem: the waste is toxic for over 100,000 years. That's quite a commitment for humanity, but Hitachi thinks it has the answer: burn the spent fuel in small reactors to generate more power. That would produce manageable waste …

Japan offers to lend US half the cost of 'Super Maglev' train between Washington and Baltimore

Japan has promised to provide the United States with loans to cover half the cost of a high-speed Maglev train link between Washington DC and Baltimore<p>The <b>Japanese</b> government has promised to lend the <b>United States</b> half of the cost of building the first "Super-Maglev" train, reducing travel time …

Scientists Create Transparent Solar Concentrator

One of the biggest complaints about solar energy is that the setups aren’t very attractive. A team of material engineers at Michigan State University …

Clean Energy

Google's 'Knowledge Vault' seeks the answer to life, the universe and everything

Google's Knowledge Graph is pretty good at telling you who was the 37th president of the US, or what the square root of 342345 is. Ask it more complex questions, like "why does the sun set at night?" and it'll still send you off to find the answer yourself. Next week in New York, Google researchers …

The Big Picture: NASA's electric plane achieves vertical takeoff

While EVs like the Tesla Model S and Renovo Coupe gain steam here on the ground, engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center are taking electric propulsion technology to new heights. What you see above is the GL-10 -- AKA Greased Lightning. This serious looking unmanned aerial system has a 10-foot …

3D-printed wind turbine puts 300W of power in your backpack

For the most part, portable energy generators are intended for modest uses. They can charge your phone, but they won't drive high-powered laptops or small appliances. That might change if Omni3D gets its crowdfunded AirEnergy 3D off the ground. The 3D-printed wind turbine should fit into a …

Wearables of the future may use reflected WiFi signals to communicate

Let's face it: our gadgets are growing smaller and smarter by the way, and making sure they've got enough power to get us through a day or two is no small feat. That problem wasn't lost on a team of researchers from UCLA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- they've spent the last two years cooking …

Social Solar Charger

Nothing will put a stop to your day of running around the city faster than a dying phone battery! CityCharge gives users who are on-the-go a place to …

IBM's new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power

A lot has changed in the three years since IBM first unveiled a prototype of its human brain-inspired SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) chip. That single-core prototype has now been significantly scaled up, leading to a new, production-ready SyNAPSE chip that …

Wireless charger uses ultrasound to power your phone from across the room

We first came across uBeam's unusual wireless charging technology three years ago, at the <i>All Things D</i> Science Fair, where the fledgling company was only just introducing its creation to the public. Today, the company's finally ready for a big move forward -- uBeam co-founder Meredith Perry just …

New Motor Design Could Cut Energy Use

<i>Oregon BEST funding helps Oregon Tech team with Hyster® manufacturer and startup to advance combination electric-hydraulic motor that could reduce</i> …

Battery scientists boost lithium-ion capacity 7X by adding cobalt

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs.<p>Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very important — the aim being to make future electric car batteries cheaper, more stable and more energy-dense for longer …

Spray-painted solar cells promise cheap power on seemingly any surface

Scientists have dreamed of painting solar cells to generate energy on just about any surface, but efficiency has been a problem; researchers were happy to get one percent just a couple of years ago. At last, though, it looks like viable paint-on power is close at hand. A team at the University of …

Solar Skin EV

The ultramodern SOLARAY projects aims to develop a sustainable vehicle for urban environments in 2050 by providing an innovative solution to reduce …

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …

Future phones could house a terabyte of memory

You may think that the 3GB of memory in your new smartphone is hot stuff, but that pales in comparison with what Rice University has in store. Its scientists have detailed a form of resistive RAM (RRAM) that can be made using regular equipment at room temperatures, making it practical for everyday …

LED-lit indoor farm produces 10,000 lettuces a day

A newly opened indoor farm in Japan has been built with LEDs that emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.<p>It's the work of plant …

Scientists create most efficient artificial photosynthesis yet

Many scientists now think that slowing down global warming isn't enough anymore and that we now need to clear some of the CO2 already in the air. Existing solutions like carbon sequestration aren't ideal, and strategies like vacuuming the sky are still a UN pipe dream. However, scientists at …

Record-breaking magnet crams three tons of force into the size of a golf ball

University of Cambridge scientists have broken a decade-old superconducting record by packing a 17.6 Tesla magnetic field into a golf ball-sized hunk of crystal -- equivalent to about three tons of force. The team used high-temperature superconductors that work at minus 320 degrees F or so -- not …