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A Simple Magnetic Adaptor Gives Your Charging Cables MagSafe Powers

A magnetic power connector didn’t seem that revolutionary when first revealed, but over the years the Apple MacBook’s MagSafe connector has proven itself to be an invaluable feature. And as the Znaps magnetic adaptor shows, it would be just as useful for your mobile devices too.


We Can Thank Plutonium For Everything We've Learned About Pluto

Our epic journey to Pluto has been filled with cosmic coincidences. Crossing Neptune’s orbit 25 years to the day after Voyager 2. Zipping by Pluto 50 years on the nose after our first Mars encounter. But my favourite serendipitous fact of all has to do with how we’ve powered the entire New Horizons mission — using none other than plutonium.


The Government's War On Wind And Solar Hurts Homes And Businesses

Opinion: Over the weekend, we learned that an Abbott government directive has banned any more investment in wind farms by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a government body that encourages investment in the renewable energy sector. Recently revealed cuts to finance for small- and medium-scale solar power, too, make it harder for individuals and households to effectively lower their reliance on fossil fuels.


How Much Power Do Our Favourite Sci-Fi Gadgets Produce?

San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, so naturally, we’re seeing a lot of iconic scifi gadgets this weekend. But as a faithful Giz reader, if you’re in the market for a fantastical new weapon to defeat your sworn enemies, you’re gonna want specs. How much power does Thor’s hammer or a Jedi lightsabre actually produce?


Denmark's Wind Energy Output Just Exceeded National Demand

When it comes to renewable energy, Denmark is officially kicking arse. Yesterday, Denmark’s wind farms produced 116 per cent of national electricity demands, allowing the country to export power to Norway, Germany and Sweden. According to The Guardian, that figure had risen to 140 per cent by early Friday morning.


Turn Your Car Into Knight Rider's K.I.T.T. With This Talking USB Charger

Remember that Flux Capacitor USB car charger that kind of turned your ride into the DeLorean from Back to the Future? If for some reason David Hasselhoff is more to your liking, there’s now an alternate version that will turn your vehicle into K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider isntead.


The First USB-C Battery That Can Charge A Laptop At Full Speed

There are countless reasons to embrace USB-C with open arms, like being able to charge your laptop from the same external battery as your phone. And MOS’ new Reach Go is the first portable power bank that will actually charge a USB-C laptop as fast as it would from a wall outlet.


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.


Tesla Australia Is Bringing Fast Chargers To You With Destination Charging

The biggest concern about driving a Tesla on a giant, barren island at the bottom of the world is wondering where you’re going to charge it. Tesla is hard at work rolling out Superchargers in Australia, but now there are a host of chargers at places you’re already driving to thanks to something called Destination Charging.


Dewalt's Bluetooth Batteries Can Be Shut Down To Deter Tool Thieves

To make it easier to manage the mountain of tools you’ll usually find on a construction site, and to help deter theft, Dewalt is introducing a new line of Bluetooth rechargeable batteries that can be connected to a smartphone app for checking their charge status — or remotely disabling them.


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