Energy & Green Tech

NREL identifies where new solar technologies can be flexible

Rigid silicon solar panels dominate the utility and residential markets, but opportunity exists for thin-film photovoltaic and emerging technologies notable for being lightweight and flexible, according to scientists at the ...

Engineering

Going with the hypersonic flow

"Unless you're trying to get to space or blow something up, there's nothing moving at hypersonic speeds," said Alan Kastengren.

Engineering

Capio is putting the 'smart' in 'smart car'

One of the most popular tropes in sci-fi—be it James Bond, Knightrider, what have you—is the intelligent car sidekick. It can drive itself, see its surroundings, carry on conversations. With advances in autonomous vehicle ...

Energy & Green Tech

End of the road for traditional vehicles? Here are the facts

New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK, which has since been joined by France. Sweden and Scotland will impose the ban by 2032, and Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the carcinogenic ...

Energy & Green Tech

Wait for it: A smartphone charge in five minutes

Charging time endured is just a fact of life when you are depending on your mobile gadget. Now there is news of a phone that charges fully in just five minutes—and it could be on the scene next year.

Engineering

Tech would use drones and insect biobots to map disaster areas

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and insect cyborgs, or biobots, to map large, unfamiliar areas ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Why driverless cars still need driving tests

Joshua Brown was reportedly watching a Harry Potter film when the "autopilot" function of his Tesla Model S drove the car into a truck, instantly killing him. This incident, the first time someone died from an accident involving ...

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