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Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself

 What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But everyone appreciates one fundamental fact: Patents, and intellectual property generally, mean value. Read More

Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market

 What if energy “agents” could help us make better choices to cut costs and save the planet? Read More

The Unknown Lab of Millennials Fast-Tracking NASA’s Missions

If you know anything about NASA, you know that missions just don't get launched that fast. The post The Unknown Lab of Millennials Fast-Tracking NASA’s Missions appeared first on WIRED.

Mercedes home batteries are a potential rival for Tesla’s Powerwall

 The batteries developed for the high demands of all-electric Mercedes-Benz cars are finding a new application as in-home energy storage units. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s a lot like the Tesla Powerwall. Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG announced that the storage units are being manufactured by its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE (Daimler has a real love...

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.”...

Boosted’s v2 electric skateboards go 12 miles with swappable batteries

 The Boosted Board is the best electric skateboard on the market, but its biggest flaw is a troublingly low range of 6 miles per charge. Today, Boosted opened pre-orders of its Gen 2 boards for $999 to $1599, solving the problem with extended and swappable battery options that let them go almost twice as...

Embedded fuel cells power smartphones for a week… and could run the world

 People love their smartphones but hate poor battery life. We love having access to the world’s information at our fingertips but tire of the need to constantly plug in to the world’s electricity grid. The recharging model of batteries fails us — the marketplace is ready for a new approach to portable power. Read...

For One Police Force, Body Cams Are Critical—Not Annoying

Photographer Devin Yalkin spends a day with the Evesham Township to see how they've adjusted to wearing body cams. The post For One Police Force, Body Cams Are Critical—Not Annoying appeared first on WIRED.

ChargePoint raises $50 million to charge more cars

 ChargePoint announced this month that it had raised $50 million in its latest round of funding, thanks in large part to Linse Capital. That makes a total of $164 million raised from investors like BMW iVentures and Siemens, among others. ChargePoint already has the largest EV charging network in North America, with 28,000 stations installed...

An Interview With the Hacker Probably Selling Your Password Right Now

A conversation with the stolen-data wholesaler selling 800 million stolen passwords, and plaguing the security teams of LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr. The post An Interview With the Hacker Probably Selling Your Password Right Now appeared first on WIRED.

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