As if it wasn't already hard enough to find open power outlets in coffee shops or airports, Sony is now developing the next generation of "smart" outlets that will withhold electricity until you authenticate yourself or pay some money. Yay for progress.
It's a solution that seems so obvious its amazing scientists haven't thought of it before. Recently, solar researchers have experimented with using the spiraling pattern found in the florets of sunflowers and daisies to more efficiently channel the sun in concentrated solar plants (CSP) by reducing the area needed for operation.
It's common to see houses with solar panels on the roof harvesting energy to power household electricity, and if lucky the electrical grid. Now, a team from the University of Notre Dame is swinging back around on the idea of solar paint, and using semi-conducting particles to produce energy. This paint would be cheap enough to cover your entire house and turn it into a massive solar powered generator.
Once again, I don't know where this kind of thing was when I was in school, but students at University of Canterbury in New Zealand have built themselves a sort of horizontal, man-made lightning cannon. Oh, did I say cannon? I meant, uh, "research project." Yeah.
What if talking more often and talking louder on your cellphone could actually charge it? Would you stop texting so much? Electrical engineers at the Institute of Nanotechnology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul are working on converting background noise, music and voice calls from a cellphone into electricity.
Destroying data off an optical disc is as boring as tying up a stack of old newspapers for recycling. But using high electrical voltage to zap all the data off a CD? That's just stylish and fun.
Lightning storms show us that there's plenty of electricity up there in the clouds, and scientists have been trying to harness it since Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment.
A mercury arc valve is an old piece of equipment that was used to convert AC electricity to DC. They were used at the start of the 20th century in places like factories, electric railways and streetcars. That's all well...
Min-Kyu Choi, a graduate of London's Royal College of Art, is rethinking that part of the world's bulky Type G three-pronged plug (similar to what you see here in the United States, but at a different voltage but with a...
Back in October of '08, Airbus launched the "Fly Your Ideas" competition, where teams would compete with one another to come up with the best idea to reshape the future of air travel. An amazing 2,350 students from 82 countries...