science
Scientists Harvest Hydrogen from Water in Microgravity, a Nifty Trick for Deep-Space Travel

A team of scientists announced they have harvested hydrogen from water in microgravity – a proof-of-principle test that may one day lead to a way to acquire fuel or other resources during a long-distance, crewed space mission. Read More >>

robots
This Gross Puking Robot Is a Much Safer Way to Mix Rocket Fuel

It’s understandable that you want to be as careful as possible when handling explosive material like rocket fuel—but manufacturing the volatile mixture requires even more care. So JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, helped create a safer way to mix explosive ingredients by building a working robotic version of human intestines. Read More >>

cars
Toyota’s New Hydrogen Car & Bus Concepts Mean Electric Might Have Some Competition

The past few years car companies have been increasingly switching their attention away from fossil fuels and towards electric battery-powered cars. And rightly so. But hiding away in the shadows are cars powered by hydrogen. Some might consider them dead, thanks to the rise in electric popularity, but Toyota's new concepts means there's still life in the idea. Read More >>

cars
Renewable Whisky Sludge Biofuel Powers Unmodded Car

A new form of biofuel has been successfully tested in the UK, with an unmodified petrol-engined vehicle having a bit of a drive with no ill effects after consuming a tank full of biobutanol. Read More >>

cars
Shell is Bringing Electric Chargers to UK Garages This Year

Petrol enthusiast Shell will soon start letting electric vehicle owners recharge at some of their UK service stations and forecourts, as it foresees a future in which more money is made from selling coffees to stressed dads while they endure a 30-minute charging break than from flogging boring old refined oil. Read More >>

money
Petrol Prices at 18-Month High as Global Cuts Kick in

Visiting family is about to get slightly more depressing per mile, as the price of petrol and diesel in the UK has risen to highs not seen since lots of famous people you liked were still alive. Read More >>

science
Researchers Just Found a Way to Convert CO2 into Ethanol Fuel, Completely by Accident

The best science happens by accident. Like penicillin, the microwave, velcro, and so on. Now there's been another potentially world-changing event discovered by pure chance: a method of easily (and cheaply) turning carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel. Read More >>

environment
Scientists Claim Breakthrough in Converting Cow Farts to Useful Liquid Fuel

Something quite interesting and serious that might help save the world without making everyone drive an electric car and live on insect protein has been revealed by researchers, who claim to have found a straightforward method of converting troublesome and abundant natural gas methane into potential engine-powering juice methanol. Read More >>

science
Chemists Just Turned Plastic Into Liquid Fuel

In news that offers hope that human civilisation won’t end up drowning in coke bottles and cling film, Chinese chemists have developed a remarkably efficient method for converting polyethylene into liquid fuel. If it proves scaleable, it could make a real dent in global plastic pollution. Read More >>

aircraft
What the Heck Makes Flying So Expensive?

Is it the fuel? Not really. Even though giant passenger jets do guzzle down fuel at a ridiculous 0.67 miles per gallon (they need 1.5 gallons of jet fuel for every mile travelled) there are so many people on a plane that the fuel cost gets slashed to a much more reasonable price. Per person, the fuel efficiency is more like 104.7 miles per gallon. That’s good! So why is flying so expensive? It’s everything else. Read More >>

money
British Gas and EDF Finally Chop UK Gas Prices

British Gas and EDF Energy have both rather belatedly joined the energy price-cutting party, revealing plans to cut around five per cent from household gas charges. Read More >>

london
London Buses Will Run On Waste Meat and Animal Fats Next Year

As of March next year, one in three London buses will run on fuel blended with waste meat, animal fats and cooking oil. 3,000 Stagecoach and Metroline buses will guzzle down B20 green diesel, a modified fuel that sounds like the favourite foodstuff of an evil robot gone wrong. In fact, it's designed to help lower our impact on the environment. Read More >>

cars
Christmas Booze Cheaper Than Ever as Petrol Could Drop Below £1 per Litre

The RAC is suggesting you hold off on filling up your people carrier or 1998 Corsa until as near to Christmas as possible, as the latest collapse in the price of crude oil on the financial markets should see a new push down on forecourt prices in late December and into the new year. Read More >>

energy
National Grid Gas Supply Sale Greenlit Despite Winter Blackout Warnings

The National Grid is set to sell a majority stake in its gas distribution business, in a multi-billion pound deal that could get underway early next year. The UK power operator  is doing well financially, recording a 21 per cent jump in adjusted pre-tax profits, up from £1.14bn to £1.37bn in the six months to 30 September, and says it wants to "realise the value it has created in the networks." Read More >>