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Weird science projects receive Ig Nobel Prize - Unexplained Mysteries

One of the awards was given to a team that worked out how to unboil an egg. Image Credit: sxc.hu<p>Some of the most bizarre scientific pursuits were …

Wal-Mart test truck aims to slash fuel consumption on big rigs

If Bruce Wayne ever had to vacate the Batcave, he might insist on moving his Batgear with an arrow sleek microturbine big rig with a carbon-fiber cargo trailer, an electronic dashboard of three computer tablets and tires wider than any race car.<p>This is WAVE, the Wal-Mart Advanced Vehicle Experience …

Trucking

Australian student’s ion space drive reportedly beats NASA’s fuel efficiency record

Space engines might soon become far more resourceful: An Australian PhD student has claimed to have beaten NASA’s fuel efficiency record and …

NYC Mandates Non-Hybrid Nissan 'Taxi Of Tomorrow': Good Thing Or Bad?

After a series of court challenges, New York City finally has a new standard yellow taxi cab.<p>It's not a hybrid, and it's not electric. It's also not …

Transportation

'Kirigami' solar cells soak up more sun - Futurity

Solar cells capture up to 40% more energy when they track the sun, but most are too bulky. Kirigami, an ancient Japanese paper art, may offer a …

Solar Panels

IBM just signed a brilliant deal with ARM to 'watch' billions of devices on the Internet

The Internet of Things is the trend of adding chips and sensors to everyday items (from dishwashers to thermostats) and connecting them to the internet.<p>Sensors will do everything from monitor the health of industrial equipment to monitor your medical issues in a fitness device.<p>It's projected to be …

Internet of Things

Tiny solar cells could soon charge electric vehicles while on the road

Researchers claim to have hit on the right combination of solar cell type and battery to charge an electric vehicle battery with higher efficiency …

Clean Energy

How Edison uses water to store excess power

BIG CREEK, Calif. — Nestled high in the Sierra mountains among the pine and fir trees, a little-known man-made wonder may help resolve a pressing energy concern: how to store wind and sun power that the grid increasingly can't handle.<p>For nearly three decades, water has flowed down from the …

Southern California Edison

Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

1/3<p>solarwindow technologies<p>SolarWindow Technologies claims their transparent solar cell coatings can generate 50 times more energy than conventional …

Clean Energy

Lehman Survivor Wants to Build a $12 Billion Solar Empire

Seven years ago, Kerry Adler watched as the disaster at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. scuttled his vision of renewable-power riches. Today, he has …

Renewable Energy

This 2,000 trillion watt laser could re-create the Big Bang–and make clean energy

The most powerful laser beam ever created has been recently fired at Osaka University in Japan, where the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments(LFEX) has been boosted to produce a beam with a peak power of 2,000 trillion watts—two petawatts—for an incredibly short duration, approximately a trillionth …

Physics

Google's making it easy for you to get solar panels onto your roof

Adding solar panels to your roof can be frustrating, since it's often difficult to know if your home receives enough light to justify the investment. Google Maps, however, has satellite, navigation and sunlight data for every property in the world, so it's ideally placed to tell you how many rays …

Rain could make your solar panels dirtier, not cleaner

On a second-floor rooftop at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Abraham Ishihara opens an electrical cabinet bursting with hundreds of wires. Each wire feeds data from an adjacent array of solar panels, helping him collect detailed information about their performance and, perhaps, …

Apple's electric car is real, and it's almost ready for testing

Apple is definitely working on a self-driving car project, and according to some new documents, Project Titan appears to be further along than anyone thought.<p>Rumors of Apple’s car project first starting surfacing at the beginning of this year, with an announcement not expected until 2020 at the …

Immortus solar sports car to offer unlimited range on sunny days

If you’ve ever scanned the comments section on an electric car or bike article, you’ll be familiar with this complaint: "that’s not green, it’s just …

World's first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

1/18<p>Nice Architects Ecocapsule Solar-Powered Off-Grid Egg Home<p>If your fantasy is to live totally off-the-grid anywhere around the world, that dream …

Off-grid

Quantum Spacecraft & Other Hidden Truths: What Lies Hidden In Snowden’s “Black Budget” World?

Not long ago Edward Snowden, a former intelligence contractor leaked the very first documentation that proves the existence of clandestine black …

7 solar-powered buildings that produce more energy than they use

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>As the cost of solar energy falls, more and more buildings are being outfitted with photovoltaic systems -- and some even generate more electricity than they use. Structures like that are called "energy positive" and it's a pretty impressive feat. If your home or business can produce …

Scientists are obsessed with this incredible material but have no clue what to do with it yet

Despite graphene's promise, though, no one has exactly figured out what to do with it. But scientists sure are trying.<p>Andre Geim, a physics professor at the University of Manchester, discovered graphene in the early 2000s. The media touted it as a "wonder material" that could "change the world," …

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Technologie

Microscopic rake doubles efficiency of low-cost solar cells

Researchers have developed a manufacturing technique that could double the electricity output of inexpensive solar cells by using a microscopic rake …

Solar Panels

Everything You Know About the Internet of Things is Wrong

It’s easy to misunderstand the IoT because the term itself — or even discussing the phenomenon in isolation — is horribly misleading<p>The Internet of …

Gravitational constant appears universally constant, pulsar study sug

Gravity, one of the four fundamental forces of nature, appears reassuringly constant across the universe, according to a decades-long study of a …

Here's what it's like driving the new Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell car

At present, those automakers making significant investment in fuel-cell vehicles are Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai (with Nissan also recently investing). While Hyundai has been offering the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle for lease to those in the Los Angeles region for $499 a month ($2,999 due at signing), …

New solar panel coating could improve efficiency by more than 30 percent

Researchers at University of California Riverside have created a coating for solar panels that could improve solar photovoltaic efficiency by 30 …

Study claims perovskite solar cells can recoup their energy cost within three months

Scientists at Northwestern University and the U.S. Department of Energy have found that perovskite cells, one of the most promising solar …

Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of butterflies. The Cabbage White butterfly folds its wings in a …

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Ingenious SunPort plug lets you use solar energy even if you don’t have solar panels

If you want to use clean solar energy in your home, your only option is to get some solar panels installed — right?<p>Wrong.<p>Contrary to what you might …