Technology

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...

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

Tesla’s Plan to Rule the Auto Industry? In-App Purchases

Tesla's new, cheaper Model S is actually part of a long-running plan to keep revenue flowing in. The post Tesla’s Plan to Rule the Auto Industry? In-App Purchases appeared first on WIRED.

Honda and Volvo add more electrification

 Honda announced it’s going to expand its Clarity line to include an all-electric version and a plug-in hybrid next year. The latest version of the Honda Clarity will be available later this year any way you want it, as along as you want a fuel-cell vehicle. The other two variants will be ready in 2017. Honda’s...

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.”...

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.

Edyn debuts smart water valve to put home gardens on autopilot

 Oakland, Calif.-based Edyn started selling a new, smart gardening device this week: an Internet-connected water valve that lets users irrigate their gardens or lawns automatically. The Edyn Water Valve uses data from the company’s Edyn Garden Sensor, a soil sensor, along with local weather systems, to adjust the moisture levels in the soil. If a user wants, they...

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...

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

MenuMate Puts A Mac App's Menu Bar Next to Your Cursor

Mac: If you have a giant screen or you tend to work on multiple desktops, the menu bar on your Mac might feel miles away. MenuMate’s a simple app that lets you pull up everything on an app’s menu bar with a keyboard shortcut.The idea here is simple: your menu bar is way up...

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