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April 15th, 2017 at 9:49 am

How graphene is going to transform the way we get power

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  In 2002, when Dr. Bor Jang, a little-known researcher in Akron, Ohio, filed his patent for graphene, few people had a clue as to how revolutionary it would be. Certainly not the people at the Nobel Foundation who forgot to check the patent registry and instead awarded the Nobel Prize for graphene to scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester.

As the poster child for the emerging new super materials industry, graphene is a form of ultra thin carbon just one atom thick. If you can imagine something a million times thinner than a single sheet of paper, you get the picture.

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March 26th, 2017 at 10:00 am

Disney creates room that can wirelessly charge hundreds of devices

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Wireless charging was all the rage in smartphones a few years ago, but most device makers have backed off on the technology. Many phones simply charge super-fast via a cable now. The wireless charging fatigue is due in part to the range limitation of the technology. True wireless power is still a no-go in consumer technology, but Disney Research has developed a version that might work in the future. Its volumetric wireless power system can keep hundreds of devices powered with no wires whatsoever. The main drawback: you have to live in a metal box.

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June 17th, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Japan’s giant floating solar power stations

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Japan got serious about investing in renewable energy after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster by becoming one of the world leaders in solar power. But the nation faced a problem in its solar efforts: a lack of suitable land.


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November 24th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Could we run the entire world on solar power?

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We all want to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible. The most viable answer to the planet’s energy needs is visible to us any time we look upward. The amount of solar energy that hits just 1 square mile of this planet over the course of a year is equal to 4 million barrels of oil, and the energy that hits the Earth in a mere 40 minutes can fuel all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. Isn’t that incredible? (Infographic)


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October 29th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

India to boost demand-side energy efficiency by selling $6 LED lamp for $0.16


India plans to offer subsidized LED lamps to households to reduce power demand and improve energy efficiency.

Measures have been initiated by the ministry of power in India to keep the promise of Prime Minister Modi to provide electricity supply and lamps to all households in the country by the end of the decade. The latest measure is aimed at households and energy efficiency.



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September 11th, 2014 at 9:23 am

How will wearables be powered in the future?


Neil Harbisson

When it comes to wearables, nightly charging might not be convenient and in some cases, it might not even be possible. Here’s a round-up of the latest science on how to harvest ambient energy to continuously power our gadgets.



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August 4th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure


Futurist Thomas Frey: Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of the cultural moorings we need to guide us into the future.



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July 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am

China and India race to fully harness thorium for nuclear power

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Thorium is an alternative to uranium as a way of doing nuclear fission.

Although the chemical element thorium sounds like the kind of material used as a plot device in a comic book blockbuster, it could solve the fuel crisis in the real world.



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June 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Top 10 lazy ways to appear smarter than you are


Just believing you can get smarter is enough to make you smarter.

Having smarts is all the rage now.  We aren’t just talking about street smarts but we’re talking about brainy smarts. Unfortunately, getting smarter involves work and work is something smart people prefer to avoid. Fortunately, appearing smarter is much easier than actually being smarter.



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May 12th, 2014 at 8:21 am

The Next Great Space Race – Space-Based Power Stations


Futurist Thomas Frey: Earth’s appetite for power continues to grow. Since the 1960s, power consumption has quadrupled around the globe, with many countries opting to build large oil and coal plants to meet the demand.



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May 5th, 2014 at 11:32 am

Wearable technology that could one day power your smartphone using body heat

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Researchers have created a glass fabric-based thermoelectric generator wearable technology.

A team of South Korean researchers have developed technology that could one day power your smartphone using just body heat.



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March 10th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

U.S. wind power accounts for 4% of energy for first time ever

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The wind energy industry started 2014 with a record 12GW of wind capacity under construction.

Wind power in the U.S. accounted for more than 4% of the energy on the grid last year. This is the first time this milestone has been breached. However, the distribution of wind power across states varied greatly, with some states well ahead of others.



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