energy

Flying A Solar Plane Around The World Takes One Hell Of A Ground Crew

The Solar Impulse solar-powered plane touched down today in Hawaii, at the end of a record-setting flight across the Pacific. Attention and praise are quite rightly going to be heaped on pilot André Borschberg, who will have been peeing into a funnel for 120 hours straight. But behind the scenes, Solar Impulse is also the work of a giant logistical operation that would put a space mission to shame.


IKEA Wireless Charging Review: Almost Like Having Magic Furniture

Cheap and easy wireless charging sounds like Nikola Tesla’s fantasy brought to life. It’s downright futuristic to think your smartphone could suck up juice just by placing it near a power source. And that’s exactly what IKEA wants to do with its new wireless charging devices. Yes, that IKEA — the Swedish furniture empire.


James Cameron's Plan To Fix Solar Panels

When Avatar came out, James Cameron boasted that it would be the first solar-powered movie franchise in history. Now the director, deep-sea explorer, NASA advisor and all around badass has turned his attention to designing cinematic-quality solar panels for the rest of us.


This Huge Wind Turbine Floating On Water Is Fukushima's Energy Solution

A mere 20km from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will soon sit a 190m, 1360-tonne windmill atop a 4500-tonne podium. It will be the biggest floating wind turbine on Earth, and it could usher in a new age of green energy for a region largely fed up with nuclear energy.


Watch Humidity Power A Miniature Car

It’s nice to know that humidity could weirdly be a force for good: Scientists have powered a tiny vehicle by using humidity as their fuel. That means evaporation could be an energy source for gadgets in the future.


Can The Power Grid Survive A Cyberattack?

It’s very hard to overstate how important the US power grid is to American society and its economy. Every critical infrastructure, from communications to water, is built on it and every important business function from banking to milking cows is completely dependent on it.


The US Could Run Exclusively On Renewable Energy By 2050

There are many things holding up the US’s move towards renewable energy, but that one thing is not science: We already have all the technology we need to make this happen. A new study claims that a completely clean energy future is possible by 2050, and it plots roadmaps for all 50 states to achieve this goal.


A Stealth Energy Startup Just Made A 10x Improvement To Its Fusion Tech

Tri Alpha Energy does not have a website. Its office in California is unmarked. But this stealth company apparently has hundreds of millions in cash. And now it has something to show for it, reports Science: The company claims it’s gotten ten times better at containing high-energy particles necessary for fusion energy.


The US Is Cutting Down Its Forests To Feed Europe's Biomass Fuel Craze 

Since 2012, the US has held the title of world’s number one wood pellet exporter. What’s the big deal with wood pellets? Well, Europe has very keen on replacing coal with more environmentally friendly wood pellets — except, well, depending on who you ask, wood may not be that great either.


Santa Barbara Still Reeling From The Worst Oil Spill In Decades

Last Tuesday, an onshore pipeline belonging to the Texas-based oil company Plains All American burst, spewing roughly 105,000 gallons of crude down a storm drain and into an undeveloped stretch of coastline just north of Santa Barbara. Roughly a fifth of that oil made its way into open water.