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Volkswagen Has A Fuel-Sipping 10-Speed Gearbox Now

Keeping your revs down is vital to saving fuel, and nobody knows that better than Volkswagen: the German automaker has introduced the world’s-first 10-speed gearbox to help you be a miser when it comes to petrol.


Australia's Fuel Tax To Increase Twice A Year From August 1st

Ready to pay more for your petrol? As widely expected, the Australian Government is set to increase the fuel excise in line with inflation twice a year. The government says this will generate $2.2 billion over the first four years — and be directly tied to fund upcoming major road projects.


The US Navy's Huge, Hidden Problem: Barnacles On Ships

It’s a problem as old as sailing itself. Ever since man set out sea, barnacles have been clinging like, well, barnacles to ships, growing into bumpy masses that slows down vessels and wastes fuel. Could the solution to this age-old dilemma be a new coat of special paint? It’s not as simple as it sounds.


Solar Jet Fuel Has Been Created For The First Time

Maybe we won’t suck up all of Earth’s resources and destroy our planet just yet. Scientists say that they have created solar jet fuel using just sunlight, water and carbon dioxide for the very first time. That’s basically creating fuel from thin air.


Astronauts Can Power Their Bodies And Spacecraft With Pee

Astronauts have been able to drink their own (treated and filtered) urine for years, but scientists have managed to squeeze one more benefit out of an inevitable byproduct thanks to a new technique. Now, astronauts can use their urine to keep both their bodies and their spaceships running smoothly.


An RC Plane That Flies On Seawater Fuel

It’s been almost a year and a half since we first reported on the US Navy’s plans to produce cheap liquid fuel from seawater. And, as a proof of concept, the unmodified two-stroke engine in this P-51 Mustang remote control model plane was recently powered using the new liquid fuel instead of traditional petrol.


Scientists Have Created Bio-Rocket Fuel

For those of you concerned that rockets, jet fighters and the like aren’t environmentally friendly, some good news: scientists have worked out how to use bacteria to create rocket fuel.


LaCie's Fuel Tank Is Filled With 1TB Of Wireless Storage, Not Petrol

Even if you’ve splurged on the most capacious smartphone or tablet you can find, at one point you’re still going to run out of storage space. And in lieu of constantly swapping tiny memory cards, LaCie’s new Fuel offers a full terabyte of storage that’s available to your mobile devices via a direct wireless connection.


What Causes Spontaneous Combustion?

Most of us experience combustion, a chemical process where a fuel combines with oxygen to produce heat and light, in the form of a fire where both the fuel and ignition source are well known.


Editorial From 1925 Predicted Decline Of Coal, Rise Of Atomic Energy

Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal’s inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it’s no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a cleaner energy future nearly a century ago.


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