energy
Burning Tampons and Nappies Will Soon Generate Power

A waste recycling company has hit upon a potentially useful thing to do with old sanitary products and nappies -- wringing them out (hopefully by machine), baling them up and burning them in power stations. Read More >>

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Pumping 20,000 Volts Into a Watermelon Ends as Spectacularly as You’d Hope

Unlike a battery, which stores power as chemical energy that’s slowly and steadily discharged to keep your gadgets running, a capacitor can unload all of its juice in the blink of an eye. Even a small capacitor has the potential to stop your heart, but when it’s the size of a dishwasher, well, this watermelon demonstrates exactly how destructive it can be. Read More >>

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Disney Develops a Method for Wirelessly Powering an Entire Room

Free-roaming wireless power has been a dream of engineers since the days of Tesla and Edison waging their war of innovation, but a number of technical hurdles have prevented it from becoming a reality. The folks at Disney Research have revealed that they’ve successfully built a method to provide full coverage of an average room and power all the devices one might need. Read More >>

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Even Climate Change Deniers Want to Pursue Renewable Energy 

A report released Friday by the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy found that a majority of Americans, including some Trump voters least likely to believe in man-made climate change, believe in prioritising renewable energy over oil drilling. Read More >>

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USB-C Power Meter Helps You Spot Counterfeit Accessories Before They Fry Your Gadgets

The promise of USB-C is great: One cable to connect all of your devices, laptops, tablets, smartphone. Unfortunately it comes with the big caveat that you might end up damaging your gear if you cheap out on a USB-C cable. But Satechi’s new Type-C Power Meter makes it easy to tell if your USB-C gadgets are at risk of getting fried, or under-powered, by a sketchy accessory. Read More >>

design
Salt Water Is All You Need to Power This Lamp for 80 Hours

Hurricanes, earthquakes, elected officials—there are plenty of legitimate reasons to prepare for the end of civilisation as we know it, and if the world’s supply of batteries ever runs out, you’ll be glad you had this emergency LED lamp tucked away in your doomsday shelter. Read More >>

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How To Maximise Your Laptop’s Battery Life

There are all kinds of reasons you might want to minimise the power draw of your laptop or desktop. To save battery, of course, but also to keep your electricity bills lower and reduce your impact on the planet. Here are all the ways you can knock down the amount of power your computer is drawing. 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 >>

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Clever Chargers Remind You to Plug in Your Phone Whenever You’re Near Them

There’s no point in buying a backup battery if you keep forgetting to top up your mobile devices before they die. So Griffin Technology’s new PowerBlock Beacon and PowerJolt Beacon external chargers will actually send your smartphone or tablet a notification when they’re nearby, reminding you to top up their batteries. Read More >>

design
You Might Finally Have a Use for Floppy Disks Again

Even if you use computers on a regular basis, you probably haven’t seen a floppy disk in close to a decade. Their limited storage capacity is laughable by today’s standards, but that’s not to say floppy disks are completely useless yet. At least not if you cram one full of batteries. Read More >>

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New Quick Charge Tech Promises 5 Hours of Phone Battery in 5 Minutes

Leaving the house only to realise you’ve got next to zero charge on your phone is an awful feeling. Which is why phone companies have been jamming bigger and better batteries into their phones. They’ve also been using quick charging technology, which can shove hours of battery life into a phone in a matter of minutes through carefully management via the phone’s processor. But none have been able to juice a battery quite as quickly the 5 hours in 5 minutes claim Qualcomm has just made. Read More >>

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Tesla’s Electric Domination Moves Forward With Debut of Beautiful Solar Shingles

In a move that would make Steve Jobs boil over with envy, Elon Musk presented Tesla’s latest product in an over the top presentation at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Four houses on the old set of Desperate Housewives were refitted with the company’s new, almost unnoticeable solar panel roofing. Read More >>

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This Drone Can Fly Forver Without a Battery

Want a drone to fly longer and farther? Give it a bigger battery. But that adds weight, which in turn reduces the drone’s flight time. It’s quite a conundrum. It seems like an unresolvable catch-22, except that someone has finally found a way to use wireless power to keep a drone flying. Read More >>

energy
Hinkley Point C is 100 Per Cent GO

We're definitely going to get a new nuclear power station, despite what some people say about wind turbines and solar panels maybe being enough to keep the smartbulbs of the future on and connected to the Wi-Fi. The government has stamped through the final approvals needed to get the French and the Chinese in to show us how it's done and build Hinkley Point C. Read More >>

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Your Phone is a Ticking Time Bomb

You’ve almost certainly got a ticking time bomb in your lap, or your purse, or nestled into your back pocket. Perhaps you're holding it in your hand while reading this article. If you have a consumer electronic device powered by a rechargeable battery there is a very good chance it is a lithium-based battery. It's a potential firebomb. Read More >>