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Renewable energy takes a page from Bitcoin

December 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

Bitcoin is one of the most revolutionary ideas to come out of the tech world. A whole new form of currency was created from nothing, but people are now using it to buy everything from coffee to electronics.



Researchers invent the ‘perfect’ soap molecule

November 30th, 2016 at 6:39 pm » Comments Off

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and […]



VW’s electric car will have Augmented Reality navigation system

November 16th, 2016 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

Volkswagen’s upcoming, all-electric I.D., previewed in concept form a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, is as important to the company as the original Beetle and Golf. The concept car showed off all kinds of futuristic tech that seemed like fantasy, but one of the I.D.’s coolest feature will make it to production–its heads-up display.



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 […]



World’s first driverless bus service begins service in French city of Lyon

September 10th, 2016 at 7:13 am » Comments Off

The world’s first driverless bus service began carrying passengers in the French city of Lyon this weekend, attracting curious onlookers keen to photograph the vehicles. Two electric minibuses with a capacity of 15 passengers each are now operating a 10-minute route with five stops in the city centre at an average speed of 6 miles […]



Researchers Develop Edible Food Packaging Made of Milk

September 2nd, 2016 at 6:15 am » Comments Off

Back in 1967, when Mike Nichols made the film The Graduate, plastics were the way of the future. Today, although much of our food is in fact wrapped in plastic films, we now know better. Plastics are most decidedly not the way of the future for several reasons: They create a massive amount of waste, […]



Solar Panels Will Be Your New Roof says Elon Musk

August 23rd, 2016 at 6:18 am » Comments Off

Eon Musk has confirmed the next step in the evolution of sustainable energy: Rather than adding solar panels to an existing roof, the panels will BE the roof. What seems like an obvious progression for this technology is actually a unique move in the market.



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 […]



Self-driving ‘cognitive’ vehicle uses IBM Watson IoT

July 5th, 2016 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

Creator of the world’s first 3D-printed cars, Local Motors, has developed the first self-driving “cognitive” vehicle, using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. It’s set to debut later this year in Washington DC.



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