September 14, 2017
New Delhi-based Ant Studio made a zero-electricity air conditioner to combat the brutally hot summers in India’s capital. Built for a DEKI Electronics factory, this low-tech, energy efficient, and artistic solution to the sweltering heat harnesses the power of evaporative cooling. The innovative honeycomb-like installation is made with conical clay tubes that naturally reduce the surrounding temperature.
September 7, 2017
A team of researchers led by University of Cambridge's Sam Stranks is working on an alternative to solar panels. Their plan uses the material perovskite to make "solar tarps," which would be lighter than silicon-based solar panels.
September 6, 2017
Stanford University scientists have developed a high-tech mirror-like optical surface that uses “radiative sky cooling” to dramatically lower the energy required for air conditioning and refrigeration.
August 29, 2017
Blockchain technology has helped the likes of Ether and Bitcoin become viable currencies, but it’s capable of doing much more than simply maintaining a digital ledger. A new project aims to demonstrate that fact by blurring the lines between technology and nature, via a brand new species known as the Plantoid.
August 22, 2017
Graphene is many times more conductive than copper thanks, in part, to its two-dimensional structure. In most metals, conductivity is limited by crystal imperfections which cause electrons to frequently scatter like billiard balls when they move through the material.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-08-electrons-liquid-graphene-physics.html#jCp
August 15, 2017
If you were to ask, “What’s one way to make wingsuits even crazier?” I’d respond by saying, “How about attaching two jet engines to your ankles?”
Natural spider silk is already amazingly strong stuff, plus scientists have developed synthetic versions of the material. Now, however, Italian and British researchers have split the difference, in a manner of speaking – they've created silk that comes from spiders, but that has added man-made ingredients which give it extra strength.
August 3, 2017
We often marvel that life on earth happened at all — there seems to be so much working against it. The luckiest of flukes. But in 2013, MIT physicist Jeremy England proposed a completely different, and shocking, idea: He suggested that life is an inevitable product of thermodynamics. Instead of being an exceptional, rare event, he told Quanta in 2014, the development of life is “as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.” He’s been conducting a pair of tests of his theory since then, and his results, published in Physical Review Letters (PRL) and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggest he’s right.
July 22, 2017
Finding time to stop, plug in and recharge could become history, with scientists developing a new electrode design that could charge batteries in seconds instead of hours.
July 20, 2017
The $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick is tuned for tinkerers and engineers who want to give neural network technology a whirl.
July 19, 2017
The core of our technology is the solar vacuum tube, a near-perfect insulator, allowing it to cook in even the most challenging conditions
July 14, 2017
Exactly 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was far different from what it is today. The stars within the Milky Way were known, and were known to be at distances up to thousands of light years away, but nothing was thought to be further.
July 12, 2017
The blockchain. It is the much-hyped, virtually foolproof digital ledger that allows cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to flourish without the need for banks and governments, and promises to enable everything from the creation of ethical supply chains, to the ensuring of instantaneous payment on delivery of goods and services agreed to in immutable smart contracts.
July 4, 2017
That may take a while, but once fire ice is put to commercial use, it will have a huge impact on China and the world. For example, it will help keep energy prices low, and reduce the importance of oil and oil exporting countries.
June 25, 2017
In 2008 I said Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans “could be bigger than anything in U.S. real estate since the invention of the glass window.”
But today, despite Maryland having enacted a PACE enabling law in 2014, only one PACE loan has closed in the State.
June 24, 2017
The Sierra Club released a new analysis Friday that found that transitioning all 1,400+ U.S. Conference of Mayors member-cities to 100 percent clean and renewable electricity will significantly reduce electric sector carbon pollution nationwide and help the U.S. towards meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
According to the Sierra Club analysis, if cities belonging to the U.S. Conference of Mayors were to move to 100 percent clean and renewable electricity, it would reduce electric sector carbon emissions by more than that of the five worst carbon polluting U.S. states combined. If the 100 percent energy targets were achieved by 2025, the total electric sector carbon pollution reductions would fill anywhere from 87 percent to 110 percent of the remaining reductions the U.S. would need to achieve in order to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.
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They are the mini-computers being installed in 30m UK homes and businesses in an £11bn programme that will allow the energy companies to remotely monitor our gas and electricity usage. But could smart meters also become the new spies in our homes, raising fresh fears about a surveillance society as they track our daily activities?
June 15, 2017
The world is entering an era of "base-cost renewables", when the cheapest source of incremental power generation in most countries will be ultra-cheap renewables. Does that doesn't mean policy-makers can step away and the unfettered free market will deliver the rest of the clean energy transition? Unfortunately not!
June 6, 2017
Two commercial buildings, a factory and an aerospace research facility, both consumed 40,000 kWh of energy in January 2017. However, their energy consumption patterns were very different. The factory maintained a uniform energy consumption of 1,333 kWh per day, and for no given period did their power draw exceed 56 kW.
June 13, 2017
BP, the British oil and gas giant, said global efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions and boost efficiency are having a tangible effect on global energy markets, with two main narratives playing out: the decline of coal, and the rapid rise of wind and solar power.
June 1, 2017
Mayors and governors across the United States have said they will continue to honour the Paris Agreement, even after US President Donald Trump announced Thursday he would withdraw his country from the historic climate accord.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that his municipality would “take matters into our own hands", calling the plan to pull out of the historic climate accord “a dagger aimed at the heart of New York City".
May 31, 2017
Meet Drift, the startup that’s hoping to change the way people pay for, and receive, the resource that makes modern life possible — power.
Using a combination of machine learning, predictive analytics, energy management, and high-frequency trading tools, the Seattle-based company is looking to provide its customers with lower cost power, and point the way to the future of the U.S. power grid.
May 29, 2017
Jobs in the sector of renewable energy is likely to reach 24 million by 2030 globally and become a major economic driver around the world, according to latest report published by Abu Dhabi based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The agency in its Jobs Annual Review 2017 report mentioned that employment in the renewable energy sector increased by 2.8 percent to reach 8.3 million in 2016, with India, United States, China, Japan, Brazil and Germany being the leading job markets.
The number of jobs in wind and solar power sectors has more than doubled in the last four years.
The United States has notified the other 163 members of the World Trade Organization that it is considering putting emergency "safeguard" tariffs on imported solar cells, according to a WTO filing published on Monday.
The move raises the stakes in a global battle to dominate the solar power industry, which has grown explosively in the past five years. As production has increased, prices have tumbled, favoring producers who can take advantage of economies of scale.
May 19, 2017
More than a billion people worldwide live without reliable access to electricity. Providing them with power will require hundreds of billions of dollars of investment, vast deployment of technology, and adaptable business and financial market strategies. Much of the job can be done with power generation systems that are not connected to a central grid, and with largely fuel-free technology.
And it's densely packed: one cubic foot of flammable ice holds 164 cubic feet of regular natural gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Chinese state news agency Xinhua says that makes the fuel a strong contender to replace regular oil and natural gas. But like any fossil fuel, flammable ice raises significant environmental concerns.
May 18, 2017
Google’s search engine is an always-expanding, extremely useful tool that’s packed with tons of different tools. Over on Zapier, they outline tons of different advanced tricks for searching Google as quickly as possible.
May 15, 2017
ESSE ENGEL IS playing an instrument that's somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ—18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century rhythm and blues. Then he drags a marker across his laptop screen. Suddenly, the instrument is somewhere else between a clavichord and a Hammond. Before, it was, say, 15 percent clavichord. Now it's closer to 75 percent. Then he drags the marker back and forth as quickly as he can, careening though all the sounds between these two very different instruments.
n the last ten years, artificial intelligence has changed the world in subtle but sweeping ways, but it’s got nothing on the coming decade, if you look at what’s being developed today. Voice recognition on every smartphone were simple proofs of concept. Over the next 10 years, artificial intelligence will make more progress than in the fifty before it, combined. With countless quickly oncoming applications to business, government, and personal life, its influence will soon touch absolutely every aspect of our lives.
May 12, 2017
Wind and solar power are becoming increasingly attractive alternatives to fossil fuels, but renewables are a rich tapestry, and the more threads we can weave together, the better. Ocean waves could be one such thread, and Australian company Wave Swell Energy is developing a new device to harvest that energy. New Atlas spoke to Dr. Tom Denniss, the CEO of the company, to find out about the technology.
May 4, 2017
Pretty much every speaker works with a membrane that physically vibrates, distorting the air in specific patterns to generate sound waves. But now, researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a speaker that doesn't need to mechanically vibrate at all. The key to this potentially ground-breaking speaker is – what else? – graphene, which is heated and cooled with carefully controlled electric currents to create sound waves.
April 25, 2017
A Canadian start-up has developed a voice imitation programme capable of mimicking a person's voice after just a minute of listening to them speak.
Developed by AI firm Lyrebird, the algorithm uses machine learning to synthesise speech based on audio samples and is even able to replicate emotion.
April 15, 2017
Before the 2000s, conductive plastics were virtually unheard of. The recycle bin fodder was only utilized as an insulator to protect electricians from any fatal electric shocks until 1974, when a scientist stumbled upon a plastic that could conduct electricity.
April 13, 2017
Of all the things we could have imagined for the future — where is my jetpack? — there are probably very few people who put “edible water bubbles” at the top of their lists. And yet, that’s exactly what we’re getting, because a team of scientists, engineers, and designers have created the a water packaging system that’s incredibly environmentally friendly. And if you’ve ever thought. “man, I love water so much I wish I could chew it,” then here are two pieces of news for you: One, you are very strange; two, congratulations! Your dreams of biting into water with your incisors have finally come true.
March 31, 2017
You can’t throw a rock in 2017 without hitting some new walk of life where robots are being employed. The latest? A bricklaying robot called SAM100 (Semi-Automated Mason) that builds walls six times faster than a human bricklayer. (And probably about 10 times faster than the majority of Digital Trends writers.)
March 5, 2017
Wind turbines are a great way to go green. Too bad people feel that they’re so gosh darn loud. So, if nobody wants turbines in their backyards, what can densely populated countries do to produce cleaner energy? Why not just build a massive artificial island surrounded by wind turbines out in the sea?
March 6, 2017
AI services like Apple’s Siri and others operate by sending your queries to faraway data centers, which send back responses. The reason they rely on cloud-based computing is that today’s electronics don’t come with enough computing power to run the processing-heavy algorithms needed for machine learning. The typical CPUs most smartphones use could never handle a system like Siri on the device. But Dr. Chris Eliasmith, a theoretical neuroscientist and co-CEO of Canadian AI startup Applied Brain Research, is confident that a new type of chip is about to change that.
If you’re looking to move but can’t find the house of your dreams, you may be able to just print out what you’re after in the near future.
A San Francisco-based 3D-printing startup, Apis Cor, has come up with an exceedingly affordable solution for building new houses. It can 3D-print concrete walls for a small house in under 24 hours.
February 25, 2017
Last week, the BBC took us to the exclusive corners of the world’s most remote islands. This week, they’re taking us much higher. Tonight marks the U.S. premiere of Planet Earth II’s second episode, “Mountains,” which will simulcast on BBC America.
wind turbines get a lot of bad press for their aesthetic impact on natural landscapes, and icelandic startup icewind has set out to turn the traditional turbine into a thing of beauty. icewind’s designs use a more horizontal structure, flipping the traditional blades on their side and widening the surface area. the resulting machines are neat and sculptural, with increased functionality that allows them to catch wind from any direction.
February 23, 2017
In the 1960s, the charismatic physicist Geoffrey Chew espoused a radical vision of the universe, and with it, a new way of doing physics. Theorists of the era were struggling to find order in an unruly zoo of newfound particles. They wanted to know which ones were the fundamental building blocks of nature and which were composites. But Chew, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, argued against such a distinction. “Nature is as it is because this is the only possible nature consistent with itself,” he wrote at the time. He believed he could deduce nature’s laws solely from the demand that they be self-consistent.
February 20, 2017
A team of around 50 sailors, engineers and architects are preparing the two hulled boat in St.Malo in France.
The ambitious project comes in the wake of the Solar Impulse plane which completed its flight around the world using just solar energy.
February 16, 2017
For a mother escorting her kids through the Philadelphia Zoo, it was a close encounter of the ferocious kind. Directly in front of her as she strolled down the zoo's main walkway was a Siberian tiger, a 400-plus-lb. carnivore capable of tearing apart a wild antelope. But rather than panic, the family laughed. The tiger was out of its lair, but its pathway was at a safe, meshed-in distance from onlookers, and after a few moments of looking around, the tiger moved on.
February 13, 2017
Graphene spends most of its time in a two-dimensional form, but that makes it hard to make use of its long list of advantages, like its strength, light weight, and electricity and heat conduction. MIT scientists recently developed a 3D version that's 10 times stronger than steel but a fraction of the density, and now a team at Rice University has used carbon nanotubes to reinforce graphene foam. The resulting 3D material can be molded into any shape and supports 3,000 times its own weight before springing back to its original height.
February 10, 2017
As the U.S. economy grows and morphs, people are finding themselves living not just in cities or suburbs or towns, but also in much larger “megaregions.” Economists, geographers, and planners are only just beginning to understand these highly interconnected areas, the boundaries of which are still being debated.
February 7, 2017
(CNN)Nature might not be all about a ruthless "survival of the fittest". Research suggests that trees don't just compete for survival, but also cooperate and share resources using underground fungi networks.
"A forest has an amazing ability to communicate and behave like a single organism -- an ecosystem," Suzanne Simard, an ecologist at the University of British Columbia, told CNN
January 17, 2017
After a friend advised freelance tech reporter, Howard Wen, that he needed a hobby not related directly to his job (or beer-drinking), he decided to try his hand at scratch-building a Star Wars spaceship. “As a child, I was really into model-making with construction paper and cardboard. I would make spaceships, like the Space Shuttle, and they’d serve more as toys than models,” Howard tells Make:. “At one point in my teens, I considered becoming an industrial designer, before I got roped into a writing career.”
January 7, 2017
Last September, we wrote about the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany and their R&D on metamaterials, hacking the internal structures of materials to create simple, non-powered machines. By experimenting with various microstructural designs, researchers were able to 3D print simple machines that can deform to create some form of actuation, allowing the 3D printing of switches, latches, door handles, and the like.
January 8, 2017
Without a doubt, 2016 was an amazing year for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). I have opined on the 5 things to watch in AI for 2017 in another article, however the potential dynamics during 2017 in processor and accelerator semiconductors that enable this market warrant further examination. It is interesting to note that shares of NVIDIA roughly tripled in 2016 due in large part to the company’s technology leadership in this space. While NVIDIA GPUs currently enjoy a dominant position for Machine Learning training today, the company’s latest quarter growth of 197% YoY, in a market now worth over a half billion dollars, has inevitably attracted a crowd of potential competitors, large and small. And semiconductors remain one of the few pure AI plays for public equity investors seeking a position in this fast growing market.
December 28, 2016
Fong Qi Wei is a photographer with a unique vision: He wanted to depict the passage of time with still images rather than with video as is customarily the case. His stunning “Time is a Dimension” series does just that by capturing cityscapes that illustrate how light changes throughout the day.
Read more at https://www.shutterbug.com/content/these-incredible-images-capture-passage-time-light-change-throughout-day#Q5PTfwgDgO2vIB1g.99
December 23, 2017
Here we go again with solar freakin' roads, but this time, there's an actual deployment of solar panels in a village roadway in Normandy, France. Almost a year ago, we brought you the news that France was exploring the building of 621 miles (1,000 km) of solar roadway in the country using Colas' Wattway solar pavement, which was met with a rather divisive response - either outright skepticism or undying support for the idea. And that's probably appropriate, because although solar technology is rapidly maturing, and innovations in materials are enabling a new approach to 'embedded' solar, the idea of putting solar cells on roads, instead of in optimal locations such as rooftops or vacant land and tilted toward the sun's path, is still rather odd.
December 19, 2017
Graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury it underground, say scientists.
Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (NGQDs) are an efficient electrocatalyst to make complex hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide, according to the research team led by Rice University materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan.
A few Australian businesses are exploiting the searing heat of summer to create purpose-designed solar cooling systems whose benefits extend far beyond electricity savings
December 13, 2017
V-flow batteries are fully containerized, nonflammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharge 100% of the stored energy and do not degrade for more than 20 years.
Most batteries use two chemicals that change valence (or charge or redox state) in response to electron flow that convert chemical energy to electrical energy, and vice versa. V-flow batteries use the multiple valence states of just vanadium to store and release charges.
V can exist as several ions of different charges in solution, V(2+,3+,4+,5+), each having different numbers of electrons around the nucleus. Fewer electrons gives a higher positive charge. Energy is stored by providing electrons making V(2+,3+), and energy is released by losing electrons to form V(4+,5+).
December 12, 2016
Wave technology is an endeavor that has recently been trying to catch up with the likes of solar and wind energy.
It exploits a resource -- the oceans -- that covers 71 per cent of our planet, it's environmentally friendly, mostly cost-free once set up and it could be revolutionary to coastal countries.
December 10, 2016
Transportation startup Lucid Motors is working on an electric car to rival the Tesla Model S, and it just announced plans to build a $700 million manufacturing facility to bring it to fruition. Meanwhile, Lexus unveiled a mind-blowing car covered with 41,999 LEDs that can change colors at a whim. Could the solution to congested streets lie in subterranean tunnels? That's the idea behind these crazy CarTubes, which could move city traffic underground. Four major cities around the world pledged to ban diesel cars by the year 2025, and UPS just rolled out its very first e-bike delivery vehicle in Portland, Oregon.
December 5, 2016
It’s a super capacitor made with nano-materials, but all you need to know is–if it’s commercialized–your days of worrying about your battery might be over.
December 1, 2017
From driverless cars to robotic workers, the future is going to be here before you know it.
Many emerging technologies that you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a recent report from The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.
December 1, 2016
Watt Laboratory, an organization under Huawei’s Central Research Institute, has introduced a new graphene-assisted Li-ion battery which can withstand higher temperatures when compared with ordinary Li-ion batteries.
The new batteries are able to function at a temperature of 60°C (140℉), which is 10°C (18℉) above the current upper limit. They can be used in cellular base stations in high-temperature regions around the world and have a lifespan that is twice as long as ordinary Li-ion batteries.
November 30, 2016
A lot of mobile devices don't offer the option of swapping in a fresh battery for uninterrupted uptime. Although external USB power banks are useful, they're also limited by capacity. A new hybrid generator, currently funding on Kickstarter, is looking to offer on-demand power from the palm of just one hand. HandEnergy is designed to produce electricity at wall socket speeds through gentle wrist rotations.
November 28, 2016
Harambe , a gorilla, was described as “smart,” “curious,” “courageous,” “magnificent.” But it wasn’t until last spring that Harambe became famous, too. On May 28th, a human boy, also curious and courageous, slipped through a fence at the Cincinnati Zoo and landed in the moat along the habitat that Harambe shared with two other gorillas. People at the fence above made whoops and cries and other noises of alarm. Harambe stood over the boy, as if to shield him from the hubbub, and then, grabbing one of his ankles, dragged him through the water like a doll across a playroom floor. For a moment, he took the child delicately by the waist and propped him on his legs, in a correct human stance. Then, as the whooping continued, he knocked the boy forward again, and dragged him halfway through the moat.
November 21, 2016
One of the great things about Google Chrome is that it offers thousands of third-party extensions that developers have come up with to add features, boost performance, and fix problems. Here are 17 Chrome extensions that we’d have a difficult time living without.
November 19, 2016
A new bundled energy system was unveiled by Totem Power that aims to give smart cities a suite of location-based energy services through cyborg palm trees.
Greentech Media reported on the recent emergence of the Bedford, N.Y.-based startup from stealth mode.
Key to Totem’s vision is its 18-foot solar-powered poles festooned with technology to boost smart city energy access and communications.
The reactionless thruster known as the EM Drive has stirred heated debate over the past few years. If successful it could provide a new and powerful method to take our spacecraft to the stars, but it has faced harsh criticism because the drive seems to violate the most fundamental laws of physics. One of the biggest criticisms has been that the work wasn't submitted for peer review, and until that happens it shouldn't be taken seriously. Well, this week that milestone was reached with a peer-reviewed paper. The EM Drive has officially passed peer review.
Making your own gadgets, 3D printing your own designs and racing robots using coding were some of the exclusive workshops children were taking part in during WIRED Next Generation, an event aiming to educate and motivate young people through talks, workshops and hands-on product demonstrations.
November 18, 2016
The beautiful thing about artificial intelligence is that due to its relatively back-end nature its applications seem to be virtually endless.
Today is music’s lucky day, as sound is the latest area which has undergone Google‘s AI surgery in its recent wave of “experiments”…
November 17, 2016
The University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC) has announced the success of a brain implant in a Dutch patient suffering from ALS disease that enables her to operate a speech computer with her mind. Fifty-nine year-old mother-of-three Hanneke de Bruijne was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2008 and can no longer move or speak, yet her mind is fully functional. The electrode implanted in her brain picks up brain activity and enables her to wirelessly control a speech computer to communicate with family and caregivers. What's more, she uses the technology not in a laboratory but at home and it is mobile enough to travel, promising a new life for those otherwise locked in non-functioning bodies.
November 16, 2016
Never have I uttered the phrase "holy f—k" so many times in one virtual reality session. That's how amazing the new Google Earth VR is when you experience it using the HTC Vive.
This is the Google Earth experience I've been waiting for.
November 4, 2016
Before Powerwall 2.0, the solar roof, and a strong third-quarter earnings call, the big news from Tesla was that all new vehicles would be equipped and shipped with fully automated driving hardware installed.
Iceland is about to tap into water as hot as lava. Several kilometers below ground, a drilling rig named Thor will soon penetrate the area around a magma chamber, where molten rock from the inner Earth heats up water that has seeped through the seafloor. This water -- up to 1,000°C and saturated with corrosive chemicals -- will eventually be piped up to the surface and its heat turned into usable energy.
October 28, 2016
Off the coast of North Carolina, two friends are developing a new way to desalinate water–a notoriously high-energy, high-cost process. Their solution: use the power of the ocean itself to clean the water of its impurities.
October 27, 2016
Even George Jetson looks like a Luddite compared to the transportation utopia Uber envisions. Sure, Jetson had a flying car, but he still piloted it with a joystick.
October 21, 2016
FRIDAY MORNING IS prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites and services this morning and throughout the day, from Spotify and Reddit to the New York Times and even good ol' WIRED.com. For that, you can thank a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard.
October 20, 2016
Tesla announced Wednesday evening that all Tesla cars made from now on will have all the hardware they need on board to achieve full self-driving (though autonomous software will rollout later, with a cross-country demo planned for the end of 2017). Tesla’s already doing its own early testing, of course, and the video above shows a vehicle with fully autonomous capabilities navigating city and freeway streets with apparent ease.
Last week, I covered the WaterSeer, a small atmospheric water generator that claims to be able to produce up to 11 gallons of water per day, with no additional energy inputs, at an estimated purchase price of just $134. Today, we go all the way to the other end of the spectrum with a home- and business-sized water generator said to be capable of producing between 40-100 gallons of potable water daily, but which requires both a solar thermal and an electricity input, and which comes with a price tag of some $9000.
October 19, 2016
Last week, an international group of scientists and legal pros announced plans to establish an independent nation in space. And they invited all us average joes to sign up to become its citizens.