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No more pointless idling with Pittsburgh’s new artificially intelligent stoplights

October 29th, 2016 at 6:19 am » Comments Off

Traffic lights are finally getting smarter in Pittsburgh. Thanks to a new pilot program from the tech startup Rapid Flow Technologies, Steel City now boasts 50 intersections whose stoplights are running artificial intelligence software known as Surtrac that reduces wait times on empty or lightly-traveled roads.



Electric car market is growing 10x faster than its dirty gasoline equivalent

October 18th, 2016 at 7:10 am » Comments Off

 There will be two million electric cars on the road by the end of 2016. Despite low oil prices, plug-in electric vehicles (EV) are charging forward worldwide, with more than 2 million expected to be on the roads by the end of 2016, according torecent market figures. Around 312,000 plug-in electric cars were sold during the […]



Freevolt: Radio Frequency Energy Harvesting

September 1st, 2016 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

“Radio frequency energy harvesting” might sound like snake oil — Free energy, pulled out of thin air? Yeah, right! — but the idea of using radio waves to transmit power has been around for more than a century and is finally coming into its own with the Internet of Things. Between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cell phones […]



Chinese Electric Car Sales Up 162% So Far This Year

August 11th, 2016 at 7:48 am » Comments Off

The spectacular growth of the New Energy Vehicle (NEV) market in China continues; state media reports that sales were up a massive 162% to 170,000 units in the first half of the year. NEVs include pure-electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The 170,000 NEVs were divided by 134,000 EVs and 36,000 PHEVs.



Electric cars could eclipse fossil fuels by 2027

August 8th, 2016 at 6:03 am » Comments Off

Electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3 million electric cars registered each year, according to forecast analysis by Go Ultra Low, the government and industry-backed campaign. This means that, according to Go Ultra Low, the UK is on […]



Is the future of farming in shipping containers ?

June 20th, 2016 at 4:06 pm » Comments Off

Refrigerated shipping containers used to transport cold goods. Inside the 320-square-foot boxes, it’s a relatively balmy 63 degrees, and the humid air is heavy with the earthy smell of greens. Filling each box are 256 neat vertical towers of plants, bathed in a noonday-intense pink light.



Power Sources Based on High Efficiency Thermopower Wave Devices

March 21st, 2016 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Engineers from MIT have developed an alternative system for generating electricity that harnesses heat and uses no metals or toxic materials. The batteries that power the devices of modern life, from smartphones and computers to electric cars, are mostly made of toxic materials such as lithium that can be difficult to dispose of and have limited […]



3Dom releases first-of-its-kind coffee 3D printed filament

September 1st, 2015 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

The burning of fossil fuels and plastic waste are devastating to the planet.  3D printing has the opportunity to move away from non-toxic, non-petroleum-based plastics from the get-go and 3Dom is on a mission to produce environmentally friendly filament.  Their latest is called “Wound Up” and, to put the third ‘r’ in “reduce, reuse, and recycle”, the material […]



Tesla Model S drivers have traveled over one billion all electric miles

June 29th, 2015 at 7:52 pm » Comments Off

It’s easier than ever to ‘drive 65’ in an electric luxury vehicle, with nearly 200 Tesla Supercharger stations strategically placed throughout the continental U.S. and another 150 elsewhere on the planet.  



Stanford engineers’ plan for converting U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

June 15th, 2015 at 2:32 pm » Comments Off

Engineers from Stanford have developed a state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.  



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