We're used to seeing The Pope scooting around in his special customized Mercedes-Benz, but now there's word that Pope Benedict is interested in getting a new Popemobile that runs on solar power.
You might remember that Nokero's N100 solar-powered light bulb lasted two hours on a charge. Well, it has a new buddy, the N200 not only lasts longer, but is also waterproof as well.
File this one under "holy crap," but scientists at MIT have discovered molecules that spontaneously assemble themselves into a pattern that can turn light into electricity — essentially a self-creating solar panel. In a petri dish.
Brushing your teeth is a regular ritual for most people, and normally that involves both a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove the gunk that builds up on our teeth and gums. The solar toothbrush looks to eliminate the paste, harnessing the power of the sun to kill off all that nasty bacteria.
The Nokero solar light bulb sits outside all day, quietly soaking up the suns rays. Then, once the sun goes down, it turns on and provides you with light, not costing you one bit of electricity.
For decades futurists have promised us cars that can drive themselves, but so far that dream hasn't progressed much beyond The Jetsons. Now an Italian company is making real progress with a car that can't fly like George Jetson's, but which can certainly drive itself, and they plan to demonstrate the technology with a dramatic 8000 mile intercontinental trip.
Having a plane that can fly forever without refueling has long been a dream of military planners, but that dream might soon become reality if the QinetiQ Zephyr solar plane lives up to its billing.
While it may look like invading aliens just landed in London's über-posh Belgrave Square, this luminous pink tree is actually just an art installation called OR2.
Using solar power to run an air conditioner is one of those head-slapping ideas that seems so incredibly obvious. After all, sunny hot places are where you need cold air, and that's also where a solar panel can really crank out some power.
The Ikaros, launched back on May 21st, is safely in orbit and today Japan's space agency reports that the craft's solar sails are fully extended. The Ikaros's claim to fame is that it'll use only the sun to propel itself and continuously generate power, making it an ideal candidate for deep space missions.