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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.



Introducing the World’s First Large-Scale Tidal Power Farm

October 4th, 2016 at 6:29 am » Comments Off

 Scotland unveiled the first turbine for the MeyGen tidal stream project, the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm. The project will initially install four turbines, but will eventually have 269 turbines, enough to power 175,000 homes.



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 […]



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.



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