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Norway might become the first to ban gas-powered cars

June 16th, 2016 at 2:35 pm » Comments Off

The US is only now warming up to the idea of electric cars and other eco-friendly modes of transportation,  however Norway is whole-heartedly embracing them. It might become the first country to actually ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles in its aim to reach zero vehicle emissions by 2025.



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 […]



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.  



The leapfrogging continent

June 8th, 2015 at 2:40 pm » Comments Off

In the dusty khaki scrubland of South Africa’s inhospitable Northern Cape province, brightly polished mirrors flash light across the landscape as they rotate slowly to follow the sun, producing electricity for 80,000 homes.  



Where are all the Hurricanes?

February 27th, 2015 at 7:22 pm » Comments Off

The hurricane season passed off relatively quietly last year.  Category 2 hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda in October 2014, briefly making the world’s headlines, but it did relatively little damage, apart from uprooting trees and knocking out power temporarily to most of the island’s inhabitants.



New air-filter design may help Beijing and L.A. breathe easier

February 27th, 2015 at 4:30 pm » Comments Off

Smog in Beijing Yi Cui of Stanford and his students have used a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter that could be used to improve facemasks, window screens, and could even reduce the exhaust from power plants.



Top 12 threats to human civilization

February 27th, 2015 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the Global Challenges Foundation released earlier this month a thorough and unsettling look at what threatens human civilization.  



Stanford Engineers Invent High Tech Mirrors that Beam Light into Space

January 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Illustration of reflective panel on building A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Fan Lab Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends […]



Living off the Grid is now Illegal in the State of Florida

January 1st, 2014 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.



Nissan’s New Electric Car has Range

January 1st, 2014 at 9:19 am » Comments Off

For many more people than realize it, electric cars are already adequate for their needs and better than a gasmobile for their bank account and quality of life. However, it often isn’t good enough for disruptive technology to be better than the incumbents. It has to be much better. The target for electric cars, in […]



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