nature
Stupid Woodpeckers are Destroying Electricity Poles

A bunch of stupid woodpeckers who live in East Anglia are being blamed for masses of damage that's been caused to electricity poles, with the local power company saying that around 6,000 poles have had nest holes drilled into them in the last year. Read More >>

energy
The UK Just Produced Over Half Its Electricity Without Burning Anything

Some people don't like renewable energy, but those people all own oil wells or mines of some sort. For the rest of us an increasing amount of energy from sources like wind and solar is nothing but good news. After all, who doesn't want to tap into the unlimited amount of solar, wind and wave power we can access? Read More >>

electricity
Today Will Be The First Working Day Without Needing Coal Power Since The Industrial Revolution

Brilliant news for anyone who doesn't want to swim to work in a few decades time: Britain is slowly but surely kicking its dirty coal habit. The National Grid tweeted the rather exciting news that today could be the first working day in Britain since the Industrial Revolution that we've gone without needing to generate any coal power: Read More >>

cars
Electric Car Brownouts Coming Soon to a Street Near You

Some people running the maths ahead of the anticipated electric car boom have some bad news for the electrified streets of the near future, claiming that having as few as six EVs charging themselves up at the same time on the same road could trigger localised power shortages. Read More >>

transport
Network Rail Says Our Trains Should be Batterified

The boss of Network Rail has had a great idea for a way to save the cost of electrifying the chunks of the UK's railway network that haven't been converted -- battery powered trains. Read More >>

energy
Rogue Smart Meters Give Customers 3,000,000 Per Cent Bill Increases

People putting the heating on even though it's spring had a nasty shock over the weekend, after a group of smart energy meters issued by supplier SSE went mad -- and gave subscribers gas bills in the tens of thousands of pounds. Read More >>

energy
Barnsley Village Goes Battery Powered

40 homes in Oxspring, near Barnsley, are taking part in a pioneering trial that'll see them fitted with batteries to run their homes, using stored energy generated by local rooftop solar panels. Read More >>

science
Shooting a Tesla Coil Gun is Some Real Ghostbusters Shit

There’s nothing I want to do more in life than to shoot a Tesla coil gun. Seeing those bolts of electricity fly out of that death ray-looking weapon is basically all I’ve ever dreamed about since I’ve watched Ghostbusters, and this Tesla coil gun is the closest thing to a real-life Proton Pack that I’ve ever seen. Read More >>

electricity
This Map Shows How Depressingly Reliant We Are On Fossil Fuels

Electricity is an amazing thing when you think about it. The hassle of generating it, the faff of transmitting it, and the challenge of making sure that it is always working. Yet we hardly ever actually think about it, because it is always just there. But now a fabulous new map shows us what is going on behind the scenes. Read More >>

electricity
Now You Can Call 105 If You Get a Power Cut

Power cuts are always annoying, but it isn't always clear what to do. Should you wait it out and hope the lights flicker back to life? Or should you head out, risking life and limb in the darkness, in pursuit of a functioning civilisation? Read More >>

energy
The “Smart Energy” Revolution Keeping Britain’s Lights On

The boss of the National Grid thinks that better managing our existing network of power generation might help us avoid the menace of the electricity blackouts we're constantly being warned are on the way, with an "internet of energy" making us less reliant on massive new generation infrastructure. Read More >>

energy
Energy Regulator Puts a Price Cap on Electricity Bills to Protect Poorer Consumers

Energy regulator Ofgem is finally done with two years of meetings and group emails on what to do about public fury aimed at the profits made by the energy suppliers, with one of its big ideas being the introduction of a price cap for PAYG meter users that it says will save the average user around £75 per year. Read More >>

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Running a Current Through a Steel Chain Turns It Into a Bad Ass Electric Whip

I don’t know what compels a person to run an electric current through a steel chain and then prance around with the glowing fire links of metal like it’s some sort of skipping rope. But I’m glad such a person exists, because it’s pretty damn cool to see the steel chain transform into this fiery red hot whip that can pop off lightning sparks. Read More >>

cars
This 1970s ‘Flux Capacitor’ is the World’s Fastest Road-Legal Electric Car

A modified version of an electric car originally built in the UK back in the 1970s now claims to be the fastest EV in the world, thanks to a racing enthusiast who replaced the car's original 8hp power unit with a more modern version capable of outputting some 800bhp. Read More >>

history
This Magazine Predicted the Electric Haircut of Tomorrow

Tech-enthusiasts of the 1920s were obsessed with turning everything electric. They wanted electric mixing bowls, electric dishwashers, and even electric haircuts. It may seem like an obvious idea today, but back in the 1920s, an electric haircut was straight out of science fiction. Read More >>