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4 Things You Should Know About Energy Storage

We don’t fawn over battery technology like we do over shiny gadgets and smart apps, but know this: it’s set to play an important role in our attempt to use more low-carbon energy like solar and wind.<p>Batteries and other energy storage equipment make it possible to store solar and wind electricity …

Northland Power's dividend question looms large

One of Canada's oldest independent power companies is shifting its sights to European offshore wind projects, taking advantage of a rapidly expanding segment of the green power sector that is hungry for private investment.<p>In 2013, Northland Power Inc. bought a 60-per-cent stake in the huge Gemini …

SheerWind's INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX – a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than …

Ant-sized radios could help connect trillions of devices to the Internet of Things

A team of researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, has created prototype radio-on-a-chip communications …

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion …

Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

A consortium from Australia’s CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of …

Clean Energy

Intelligent Generation: Integrating Solar And Storage Profitably

In 2009, Jay Marhoefer observed what was going on in energy markets and decided it was time to create a virtual power plant. There were few actors in the space at that time who were talking about virtual power plants, and most of them were demand response (DR) providers such as EnerNOC, …

HOW TO: Make A Recycled Glass Terrarium

Children love to watch things grow and they enjoy getting their hands dirty. One of the best ways for them to do both is by helping them build an …

Scientists Send Messages Directly From One Brain To Another

But the cumbersome experimental setup won’t replace Facebook's Messenger app anytime soon.<p>So a team of neuroscientists sent a message from the brain of one person in India, to the brains of three people in France, using brainwave-reading equipment and the Internet. Yes, really.<p>The process is slow …

Engineered Bacteria Excrete Propane Fuel

Researchers want to harness your stomach bugs in the service of your barbecue<p>Propane, the gas that fuels your barbecue (and perhaps one day your car), may soon have a new, renewable source.<p>Researchers in Finland and England developed a genetic process that puts <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to work producing the …

Who is putting up 'interceptor' cell towers? The mystery deepens

Mysterious “interceptor” cell towers in the USA are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks. And, two experts told VentureBeat today, the towers don’t appear to be projects of the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>The towers were revealed by Les Goldsmith to Popular Science …

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that’s what an 18 year old in Nepal recently …

Clean Energy

Scientists create water splitter that runs on a single AAA battery

A new emissions-free device created by scientists at Stanford University uses an ordinary 1.5-volt battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen at …

Energy

14-Year-Old's Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

Algae could provide an endless source of biofuel, however current production methods tend to be costly and time-intensive – first you have to grow …

Two startup accelerators merge to grow Canada’s entrepreneur ecosystem

Two of Canada's top business accelerator programs announced a merger at the Toronto Stock Exchange this morning, introducing what they call the country's first pan-Canadian startup platform.<p>Vancouver-based GrowLab and Toronto's Extreme Startups will unite to provide established entrepreneurs and …

Canada is good at inventing, not so good at selling

In the late '90s, Moncton-based Micro-Optics Design Corp. had the best eyeglass manufacturing machine on the market. By 2003, it had raised $50-million in funding, including $34-million in venture capital.<p>That's also the year the company went bankrupt.<p>Its intellectual property was picked up by a …

Two of America's food giants commit to fighting climate change

Kellogg's and General Mills have made some industry-leading promises to reduce harmful greenhouse emissions. It's a start.

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oneTesla shrinks its singing Tesla coil kit to palm-friendly proportions

As with the original coil kit, the aim of the tinyTesla kit is to make learning about electronics fun. This time around though, Bayley Wang, Heidi …

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For the Accel And Sequoia Veterans Behind New Firm Wing VC, Old School Enterprise Is Still Cool

Amid the food delivery apps and dating sites hatching around Silicon Valley, there’s a new venture firm that couldn’t be a worse fit, by choice. Founded by two veterans of Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital with sixteen IPOs to their portfolios, Wing VC’s only an upstart by technicality. By its …

Canadian couple detained in China did charity work in North Korea

The Canadian couple detained in a frontier Chinese city on suspicion of stealing military secrets has spent years sending food and aid to North Korea, financed by donations from a British Columbia church.<p>Kevin and Julia Garratt's work in the secretive country, which included a week-long trip at the …

7 Things You Need To Know About The Toxin That’s Poisoned Ohio’s Drinking Water

Approximately 400,000 people in and around Toledo, Ohio are being warned not to drink their tap water after high levels of a dangerous toxin were …

Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life - ExtremeTech

By on July 18, 2014 at 8:51 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Some intrepid biologists at the …

Stanford creates 'Holy Grail' lithium battery, could triple smartphone and EV battery life - ExtremeTech

Stanford creates ‘Holy Grail’ lithium battery, could triple smartphone and EV battery life<p>By on July 28, 2014 at 8:43 am<p>This site may earn affiliate …

MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a simple, graphite and carbon-based sponge that soaks up water and heats it …

Clean Energy

The Military Battles Climate Change

While Republicans are mobilizing to push back against President Obama's carbon initiatives, those in military sector are sounding the alarm about climate change--and the slew of issues that it has the potential to precipitate.<p>In case you missed the report issued in May by the CNA Corporation …

How to Create an Effective Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

I'm far from the target audience for crowdfunding appeals... but here's one campaign that really resonated with me.<p>A few things to know up front:<p><b>One:</b> I get dozens of pitches every week. Most come from PR professionals hoping to get products or services featured in an article. But a decent …

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The FBI is entrapping Americans and charging them as terrorists, according to a new report

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Why Jason Holborn gave up sugar, 574 days and counting

Jason Holborn was not obese and under no orders when he gave up refined sugar in 2012. Now sugar-free for almost 600 days, he talks with The Globe about how his palate has changed and the importance of the sign in his window<p><b>What motivated you to give up sugar?</b><p>I used to eat more sugar than probably …