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Why Ducati's Slowest Bike Is Also Its Best

Ducati’s latest superbike, the 1299, makes 205bhp. This new Scrambler makes 75. But it’s also the better bike for most people, most of the time. We spent yesterday riding it through the mountains so we can tell you why.


Your Set-Top Box Is An Energy-Sucking Monster (But It Doesn't Have To Be)

An innocent little cable box can suck up more electricity than your actual TV. The most galling part though? Up to two-thirds of its power-hogging actually happens in “idle” mode, when you’re not even using it. The good news is device makers have the technical ability to make cable boxes that don’t waste so much electricity. They just need to actually do it.


Watch How The World's Largest Solar Farms Get Built

Large-scale solar plants are monstrous construction projects, that cover hundreds or thousands of acres of land in photovoltaic goodness. This amazing video shows how they go from concept to reality.


Your Smartphone Could One Day Be Powered By Jet Fuel

Battery life on modern gadgets sucks — so why not power your mobile devices with something a little more potent like, err, jet fuel? That’s the idea of researchers from the University of Utah, who think that fuel cells could efficiently be made to run using the same fuel as fighter jets.


Report: Solar Is Way Worse Than Other Renewables

Solar is an established — and constantly improving — form of renewable power. But according to a new report by the European Union its economic impact is incredibly costly, and far worse than wind and even hydroelectric power.


Monster Machines: The World's Biggest And Best Gas Turbine Can Power 400,000 Homes

If you thought the GE90 aircraft engine was a masterpiece of modern engineering, just get a load of this beauty. General Electric’s 9HA is the most advanced and efficient gas turbine available today and though it may not be able to lift a 787 off the ground, this potent electricity producer can easily power a mid-size metropolis.


This Solar Sunflower Provides Electricity And Clean, Hot Water

This floral fabrication may look luxurious, but in fact it has a rather down-to-earth aim: to take renewable energy and warm water to remote, off-grid communities.


Disney USB Chargers Make Outlets Fun, Which, Uh… Guys?

For those us without kids, these Disney-themed USB chargers seem like an adorable way to replace the adapters that came with our smartphones. But to anyone with a toddler roaming the house, exploring every last nook and cranny, they also serve as an engraved invitation to start playing with power outlets.


Your Next Laptop Could Have The Holy Grail Of USB Ports

In just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won’t understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them all into a single tiny plug? Because that’s what the VESA standards body just announced with the new USB 3.1 Type-C jack, coming right around the corner.


This Compact Portable Charger Revives Your Phone With Four AA Batteries

A portable charger can bring your dead smartphone back to life if you forget to plug it in overnight, but what if you forget to charge the charger too? That’s not an issue with the tiny Oivo since it splits in half to accommodate four readily-available AA batteries that have enough charge to completely bring an iPhone back from the dead.