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Researchers figured out how to generate power from falling raindrops — which could solve the biggest problem with solar energy

One of the biggest problems plaguing the widespread adoption of solar power is, quite simply, rainy weather.<p>Solar panels are designed to convert sunlight into electricity. But when it's cloudy or rainy, they're rendered useless. There are batteries, like the Tesla Powerwall, designed to store …

Clean Energy

'Don't panic Elon!' Skoda sends a Superb to Mars

Literally, but only sort of. And it's an ad.<p>Škoda seems to have a sense of humor. Volkswagen's Czech-based brand has introduced weird cars every now and then and their advertisements don't always take themselves too seriously.<p>Take this French Škoda commercial, which puts a full-size Škoda Superb …

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How eco homes can cut your energy bills – or even make money

If there’s one type of housing that really has a buzz around it right now, it is eco homes. They help the planet, they help your pocket, and they can be incredibly stylish when designed by architects who know how to deploy energy-efficient techniques with verve.<p>The Oscars of the eco homes world …

6 Things I've Learned Driving a Tesla for Work

The future of transportation is an awfully nice ride.<p>I drive a Tesla once a week for Tesloop, which does city-to-city shared rides exclusively in Teslas (i.e. LA Vegas for ~$85 one-way, or Palm Springs for ~$35 one-way).<p>Here are 6 things I've learned driving a Tesla about 15,000 miles in 6</b> …

How to grow fruit all year long, even in a small space

Growing your own food is one the most rewarding experiences you can have. Not only is it good for your health (all the time spent outside getting …

These bizarre floating solar panels are solving 3 critical problems

These bizarre-looking floating solar panels are the solution to quite a few little-known energy problems.<p>They can keep the water from evaporating, …

Solar Panels

The £3.45 ‘Alzheimer’s drink’ that stops brain from shrinking

An EU funded trial has found that Souvenaid really does stop the brains of Alzheimer's patients from shrinking<p>A daily drink which manufacturers say can ‘manage’ Alzheimer’s disease actually does stop the brain from shrinking, a two year clinical trial has shown.<p>Souvenaid, which was created by Irish …

Apple buys education tech startup LearnSprout to help teachers track student performance

Apple has reportedly acquired LearnSprout, an educational technology startup focused on software that helps teachers track how students are performing.<p>According to LearnSprout, over 2,500 schools in 42 states currently use its software.<p>Apple issued it’s standard response to reports of the …

Startups

A Solar Boom is Taking Place in Corporate America

Some of the biggest names in business are also the biggest solar buyers in the country.<p>2015 was another great year for U.S. companies installing …

Watch this AI rap generator spit algorithmic bars

If you've always dreamed of being a rapper but were stuck for inspiration, you're in luck -- a team of computer scientists have created an …

LeBron James performed 'Purple Rain' as Prince for Halloween

LeBron James is a triple threat. Now only is he one of the greatest athletes in the NBA and has the comedy chops to star opposite Amy Schumer and …

SolarCity Beat Revenue Expectations With $114 Million In Q3 2015 Earnings

Analysts expected SolarCity’s revenue to hit $111 million in third quarter 2015. But the solar energy company beat expectations with a near $114 million bump in revenue announced in earnings today.<p>That’s a 95.2 percent year-over-year increase, beating estimates by $2.43 million. This was “driven by …

These Brothers Want to Transform Everything About Classic Car Auctions

Meet the Keno Brothers. They want to get rid of the car auction establishment. Here's how.<p>I've never bought a $1M car.<p>I've never even bought a $100k car, new or used. I'm in the "budget" vintage school. A 1973 Citroen SM. A 1991 Porsche 928GT. A 1987 911 Targa. I'm 43 years old. Having grown up …

Ditch The Faux Hoverboard And Commute With Gi FlyBike, A Foldable Electric Bike

Forget electric skateboards and faux hoverboards. One startup is trying to convince commuters to stick to the good old-fashioned bicycle. Meet the Gi FlyBike, a folding electric bike that can travel up to 40 miles on one charge.<p>The bike, which is now available on Kickstarter, will also be for sale …

Audi targets 300 mile range for all-electric SUV

Audi is planning an electric SUV with a 300 mile range, working with Samsung and LG on the battery technology required to deliver the sort of power …

This Temperature Patch Will Notify Your iPhone When You Have A Fever

The STEMP Smart Temperature Patch is a tiny thermometer that can be attached to the skin with a special adhesive. STEMP is Bluetooth-connected, so …

Wearable Tech

2015 Ford F-150 Snow Plow Prep Kit Costs Just $50

Shortly after the production version of the 2015 Ford F-150 was shown at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the Blue Oval announced a new snow plow prep kit, which the automaker claims is the only OEM snow plow prep kit available for a light-duty pickup. Ford announced today that the snow plow prep kit is …

Best Dealer Inventory in the World: Autoieri Auto Classiche e Sportive

This Northern Italian dealer has one of the most impressive collections of vintage rally machinery we’ve ever seen. Self-described as specializing in …

Truecaller Brings Smarter Features To Its Phonebook App As It Passes 100M Registered Users

Call ID and blocking service Truecaller has made its Android app more intuitive today and simultaneously announced that it has crossed 100 million registered users.<p>The Swedish company, which raised $60 million in October, helps users identify incoming callers to root out unwanted spam and marketing …

This Water Bottle for Bikes Generates H2O From the Air

Under hot and humid conditions, "Fontus" claims to "make" 17 ounces of water in an hour.<p>Imagine taking a brutal cross-state bicycle ride without once stopping to top off your water supply. That thirsty-sounding trek could become a comfortable reality one day thanks to Kristof Retezár, an Austrian …

Triangle Dinner Bell

There’s a certain nostalgia connected to a Triangle Dinner Bell like this one from Pat Kim- perhaps period films have us immediately imagining dinner …

No Reserve: Running 1965 Mercedes Benz 600 Project

This 1965 Mercedes Benz 600 SWB (chassis 10001212000280) is described as a rust-free, two owner car that’s been stored for over 20 years until …

With The Auto Industry Facing A Dead End, Google Turns The Corner (Driver Not Required)

Google has made no secret that the next phase in developing its self-driving car is to get rid of the steering wheel and pedals. And when it announced the truly autonomous, robotic vehicle in May it even showed off a video of some members of the public taking a ride in a prototype. But over the …

Local Motors' 3-D–Printed Strati EV is Born, Runs

When last we checked in on the crowd-sourced-design maestros over at Local Motors, the outfit was in the thick of a design competition focused on an all-new, 3-D–printed electric vehicle. A few months later, the winning car has become a thing with a name: Strati.<p>As it had promised, Local Motors …

With Beepi, used-car buying moves online

The car business is moving further online.<p>Recent Los Angeles Times stories have covered the online auto insurance shopping service CoverHound and the online classic car aggregator Vintage Wheels.<p>Now comes the local debut of Beepi, a digital used-car platform that allows consumers to buy and sell …

Watch as upset motorist drives off flatbed truck to avoid parking ticket

There are few things more frustrating in life than watching your car being towed away and not being able to do anything about it. However, this guy reportedly in Walthamstow, East London, apparently wasn't going to let that happen to him.<p>As the story goes, the driver in question made it to his car …

This Is the World's Smallest Functional V-12 Engine

You’d never guess it judging by the collection of tiny, intricate works of kinetic art on display in his workshop, but José Manuel Hermo Barreiro, a.k.a. “Patelo,” claims to be a “very impatient person.” A retired naval mechanic, Patelo continues to create after his contemporaries have ditched …

Fashion meets renewable energy – clothes that charge your smartphone

When you think about how fashion will work alongside technology in the future, it might be hard to break from science-fiction-heavy ideas. However, fashionably using solar, wind and even kinetic energy to charge devices, keep us connected and even donate our energy to non-profits is being explored …