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Put A Pair Of USB Ports Where You Really Need Them: In Your Couch

Instead of stuffing a 9m long USB charging cable into your couch — the one place your smartphone needs power most — this simple power station stays hidden between cushions so you’ll never have to go hunting for it.


This Is How Robots Are Mapping Radiation At Fukushima

Deep within the abandoned shell of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, it’s too dangerous for humans to investigate — so it’s being inspected by robots instead.


This Multi-Headed Flash Drive Charges And Syncs All Your Mobile Devices

It’s often the case that when a gadget is over-packed with functionality, usability is sacrificed and it ironically ends up being less useful overall. But the On The Go, which promises to replace your flash drives, portable chargers, and sync cables with a single multi-connector contraption, looks like it’s managed to strike the perfect balance between form, functionality and ease-of-use.


This Timelapse Of The Sun Is Just Jaw Dropping

Michael K√∂nig’s Sun is a spectacular timelapse compilation of our star from the Solar Dynamics Observatory from 2011 to 2015. It includes fantastic clips of solar activity, coronal rain, plasma eruptions, planet flybys, eclipses and more in jaw dropping clarity that you feel like it’s alive, in an omnipotent God-like burning orb sort of way.


DARPA's Crazy But Genius Plan To Replace Batteries With Propane

If you’re a soldier doing reconnaissance in enemy territory, you have a lot of problems. Taking fire, staying invisible, and enduring the elements are obvious. Battery life is a little less so. The idea that propane is a solution to these woes? That sounds crazy.


Genius Faceplate Puts USB Ports On Your Wall With No Wiring Needed

The days of having to wire up a complete replacement outlet to add a USB charging port will soon be long gone. The same folks behind the SnapRays Guidelight, a replacement cover that added night lights to almost any outlet in your home without wiring, is back with an even better product. Their new SnapPower Charger cover can be installed on any outlet, but instead of lights it adds a USB port for charging your electronics.


Video Explainer: What Is Nuclear Energy And Why We Don't Have More Of It

Our ability to harness nuclear energy has existed for quite a while now and yet nuclear energy is only responsible for providing 10 per cent of the world’s energy. There are 439 nuclear reactors spread across 31 countries with 160 more reactors planned for the future and yet nuclear energy has stagnated since the ’80s. What gives?


How The Energy Grid Handles The Surge After A Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse which covered much of Europe on March 20 was the continent’s first for 16 years. Back in 1999, as people stopped staring at the sun and got back on with their day they caused a power surge which still stands as a UK record — greater than anything after a football match or royal wedding.


A Case With A Pop-Up Crank Keeps Your Smartphone Charged Forever

Hand crank-powered torches and radios for weather emergencies are nothing new, but what about when your smartphone dies in the middle of the day? That’s just as dire an emergency, and it’s inspired the creation of this smartphone case with a built-in charger and pop-up crank that can, at least in theory, keep your phone powered for as long as you’re alive to use it.


This Tiny Multi-Function Cube Can Save A Dying Smartphone

There is no shortage of tiny USB charging and sync cables available for your smartphone, but the makers of the aptly-named WonderCube have managed to squeeze a surprising amount of functionality into a tiny one-inch cube you’ll never want to leave home without.


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