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Learn to Build Your Own Lithium Batteries with Micah Toll’s New Book

If you need to power a quadcopter or small robot, you could buy batteries off-the-shelf, but there may be times that what is available isn’t quite what you need. Perhaps this is a matter of voltage, or power capacity, or maybe what you can find simply doesn’t fit into your electrical enclosure or …

'My home-made battery pack means I heat and light my home for nothing'

A brand-new market is growing for home batteries that make it possible for British homeowners to store energy generated by solar panels and other renewable sources.<p>The “Powerwall” battery, from Tesla, the pioneering automotive company founded by Elon Musk, is now going on sale in Britain.<p>But one …

How to Avoid the 9 Things That Hurt Productivity Most

You’ve probably seen enough “fail” videos to guess what happens when a skateboarder rolls towards stairs, a bike gets anywhere near a tree, or a dog …

Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics

In October 1984 I arrived at Oxford University, trailing a large steamer trunk containing a couple of changes of clothing and about five dozen …

Getting cracking with coding

<i>Kids today are growing up in a digital world, but Ontario schools don’t offer computer science courses until Grade 10 — none of them mandatory —</i> …

New solar 'cloth' to turn UK rooftops into batteries

A flexible photovoltaic fabric, which can even be used as yacht sails to harvest the sun's rays, is finally ready after 10 years of development<p>A new flexible solar “cloth” could soon be coming to a roof near you.<p>The Solar Cloth Company is seeking investors to help its lightweight photovoltaic …

Clean Energy

One BeagleBone Black for All Kinds of Weekend Projects!

Whether you’re considering purchasing a standalone BeagleBone Black, the updated kit complete with components and a <i>Getting Started</i> guide, or just happen to have this single-board computer laying around looking to be put to use, listed below are a few projects to consider that show off the range and …

Spray-On Solar Power Coming Soon?

Powering your tablet could soon be as simple as wrapping it in cling wrap, thanks to a team of scientists that recently invented a way to spray on …

Solar Panels

33 Gifts The iPhone Addict In Your Life Will Want

<b>#iphonelyfe.</b>

10 DIY Thanksgiving Mason Jar Ideas

Thanksgiving is coming up quick! If you’re looking for last minute DIY decor ideas, here are some that using mason jars. Mason jars are great for crafting because of all the things you can do with them! You can paint them, stuff them, hang them, and give them as gifts. And since there are lots of …

Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy

It is widely known that among all the sources of alternative energy, the one with the greatest potential is solar. How could it be otherwise? Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is capturing more of it.<p>In a new report, the Environment America Research and …

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

'Nanoreactor' works like a virtual chemistry set - Futurity

A computer model that chemists call a "nanoreactor" could speed up drug development, as well as improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel …

Top 100 Sites/Apps of 2014

Well, it's that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list on the top 100 Sites/Apps of the year. As w/ the previous year's list, more …

Amazon and Google Change Places on Going Green

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.<p>One technology giant on the forefront of renewable energy implementation has come out on why it …

11 things we just learned about how the Apple Watch works

As of today, developers can now make apps for Apple Watch. Well, they're not separate apps so much as they are extensions of pre-existing iPhone apps, and there isn't a lot of flexibility in the WatchKit toolset — but it looks like that'll change next year.<p><b>Update:</b> Read our Apple Watch review.<p>We've …

Can hybrid cathodes make bendy solar cells cheap? - Futurity

A new kind of cathode could make cheap, flexible, dye-sensitized solar cells practical.

A Good Google Drive Tool to Enhance Students' Reading and Writing Skills

November 18, 2014 <i><br>Read and Write for Google</i> is a powerful tool that integrates with both the web and Google Drive to offer reading and writing help. …

5 tech gifts you shouldn't buy this holiday season

When you're trying to buy the perfect gift for a friend or family member this Christmas, you're probably going to think about something digital. With smartphones, tablets, TVs, headphones, home theater soundbars, gaming consoles, robots, cameras, cases, video games and more in stores, the options …

15 Great Audiobooks for Helping Kids Read Better

November 7, 2014 <br>As a learning tool, audiobooks have a number of important educational benefits to students and can be used in a variety of ways. …

This Solar-Powered Electric Bike May Be Even Greener Than A Regular Bicycle

Cruising towards the goal of a true zero-emissions vehicle.<p>Compared to cars, electric bikes have a tiny carbon footprint. Still, if you’re charging your bike with coal-powered electricity, it isn’t completely clean transportation. A new solar-powered electric bike called the Dutch Solar Cycle is an …

Black Hole Challenge To Einstein's Theory

Structural changes to the Milky Way’s super-massive black hole have been detected as it emitted a blaze of electromagnetic energy, an observation that could lead to a profound rethinking of physics.<p>The images of the singularity at the core of our galaxy (called Sagittarius A*, abbreviated SgrA* and …

The iPhone just lost its perfect security record — now what?

For most of the iPhone's lifespan, it's been effectively immune to malware. There were theoretical attacks and viruses targeting jailbroken phones, but thanks to the tight controls of the App Store, finding iOS malware in the wild has been nearly impossible. If you didn't jailbreak your phone and …

Radical New Quantum Theory Says Other Universes Affect Our Own

Parallel universes have long been a staple of science fiction. But according to a radical new theory of quantum mechanics published Oct. 23 in the journal Physical Review X, other universes are real--and they exist in vast numbers.<p>What's more, the scientists behind the theory say the other …

Twelve24 ClockONE: a giant e-ink clock powered by a tiny battery

Tired of squinting to see the clock? That won’t be a problem with Twelve24’s ClockONE, a giant e-ink clock styled after traditional alarm clock …

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs

We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several anomalous astrophysical observations. It is mysterious because (as the name suggests) …

White solar panels could blend in with buildings, cool them down

There has been a lot of effort over the past decade or so to develop transparent solar cells that can be used in see-through solar panels. Those …

High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

<i>The Endurance is a PiEV built by high schoolers for just $1,000, and was followed by a solar-powered version.</i><p>In early 2013, engineering students at …

Electric Vehicles

The 20 Best Places To Live Overseas

There are a lot of conflicting factors: job opportunities, salary considerations, quality of life, safety, and childcare are just a few. HSBC has made the decision a whole lot easier with its latest annual Expat Explorer survey.<p>The survey ranks the best places to go based on experience, economics, …

Solar brick road: This bike path will power three homes, cost $3.7 million

The Dutch are known for a lot of things, breaking with tradition is certainly one of them. The Netherlands recently announced that it’s readying a …

Solar Panels