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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Toyota Hi-CT

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Toyota Hi-CT

Odd-looking doesn't even begin to describe this hybrid concept vehicle, but the Toyota Hi-CT is a reflection of what a cool and enjoyable vehicle should look like, according to Toyota's team of young

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Volkswagen Space Up!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Volkswagen Space Up!

We last featured the Volkswagen Up! in our Frankfurt Motor Show wrap-up, but in the fast-paced field of green automotives, there's some new news to report. It's now known as the Volkswagen Space Up! and

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Transportation Tuesday: MIT’s Stackable City Car

Transportation Tuesday: MIT’s Stackable City Car

While public transportation is a great green urban option, the "last mile" problem is a real shortcoming- referring to the conundrum of the extra distance from your bus or train stop to your doorstep

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Nissan Mixim

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Nissan Mixim

The Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner, and with it a slew of new prototypes and vehicles for the green market. Like the cars shown on our Top 5 Greenest sports cars list, "green cars" are no

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Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

A team of Ohio State University scientists have invented what they claim is the world's first rechargeable solar battery. The team observed the issues in current methods for collecting and storing solar

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Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface

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How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible,

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Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

As more electrified vehicles hit the road, critics consistently wonder what we will do with all of the used battery packs that power these cars. Well, Toyota demonstrates how old nickel-metal hydride

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Wicked Laser’s Flashtorch Packs Enough Power to Cook an Egg

Wicked Laser’s Flashtorch Packs Enough Power to Cook an Egg

Wicked Laser's handheld laser products are beloved by Star Wars fans everywhere. But they also make a high-end flashlight. The latest tweak to their Flashtorch design packs up to 4,100 lumens of light,

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How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

Never one to be outplayed, Toyota is working on the next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid due for release by 2016. With each new generation of Prius, the auto giant has made slight efficiency gains, but

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

Cephalopods are the undisputed masters of camouflage. While their relatives, the clams, stayed brainless and safe on the seabeds-of-old, the ancient nautilus (think squid-in-a-shell) made a daring foray

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Fully Electric E-FAN Aircraft Completes its Maiden Flight in France

Fully Electric E-FAN Aircraft Completes its Maiden Flight in France

The world’s first battery-powered airplane, E-Fan, has just successfully completed its first flight in Bordeaux, France. The small experimental aircraft is powered by 120 lithium-ion polymer batteries

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Electric Car Sales Are Growing More Than 100 Percent Every Year

Electric Car Sales Are Growing More Than 100 Percent Every Year

Electric car sales continue to improve every year as more and more models hit the market and consumers begin to adopt the technology. A recent report shows that EV sales are currently growing at a rate of

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Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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Mind-Blowing Rivers of Blue Lava Pour from a Volcano and Sulfur Mine in Indonesia

Mind-Blowing Rivers of Blue Lava Pour from a Volcano and Sulfur Mine in Indonesia

Photographer Olivier Grunewald took these stunning pictures of an Indonesian volcano and sulfur mine that erupted with a spectacular display of brilliant blue lava. The photographer and his friend Regis

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Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Watch any nature special or visit an aquarium, and chances are you will be amazed by the intelligence, adaptability, and beauty of the cuttlefish. Part of the class Cephalopoda, these amazing molluscs are

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Tesla Patents Next-Gen Electric Car Battery that Gets 400 Miles on a Single Charge

Tesla Patents Next-Gen Electric Car Battery that Gets 400 Miles on a Single Charge

Over the years, one of the biggest obstacles to widespread electric vehicle adoption has been the issue of how far the car can travel on one charge. Cars that can only travel 100 miles without plugging in

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Stigo Unveils an Ultra Lightweight Electric Scooter That Folds Down to the Size of a Golf Bag

Stigo Unveils an Ultra Lightweight Electric Scooter That Folds Down to the Size of a Golf Bag

Electric vehicles are really hitting their stride this year - and we're not just talking about cars. The world's first road-charged bus and an electric tricycle also made their debut, and now an

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Formula E Unveils Blazing Fast Spark-Renault Electric Race Car

Formula E Unveils Blazing Fast Spark-Renault Electric Race Car

Electric cars are going vroom. Earlier this week, FIA President Jean Todt and Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag revealed the new Spark-Renault SRT_01E fully electric single-seat racecar on the opening

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

The fuel-free lightweight Sunseeker Duo aircraft is now airborne! After it was unveiled at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany in April, the world’s fastest two-seater

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Moto Electra Sets World Record by Crossing the US on an Electric Motorcycle in 3 Days

Moto Electra Sets World Record by Crossing the US on an Electric Motorcycle in 3 Days

We recently told you about Moto Electra's bold attempt to drive an electric motorcycle across the United States in just 3 days - and on June 6th the team accomplished this world record-breaking feat!

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Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists in Japan recently used a promising new 3D printing material to create objects so small that they are the size as a single bacteria. The researchers were able print shapes that are measured in

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This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

Star Wars fans of the world rejoice, because the dream of owning your own personal lightsaber just got one step closer to reality. This 300mW hand-held blue laser can burn through cardboard, wood or a

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Solar Impulse Completes Final Test Flight Over San Francisco Before its Sun-Powered Journey Across America

Solar Impulse Completes Final Test Flight Over San Francisco Before its Sun-Powered Journey Across America

The Solar Impulse just completed its final test flight before it travels across the U.S. without using a single drop of fuel. The plane spent most of yesterday cruising around 3,500 feet over the San

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SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes

SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes

SolarWorld and PC-Aero just announced plans to launch two new solar-powered electric aircraft at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany this month. The show, scheduled to

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New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster

New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster

With lithium ion batteries, it used to be that you would have to choose between power and storage capacity. But researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have proven that it is

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Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering

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1000 Horsepower VOLAR-e Racer is One of the Most Powerful Electric Cars Ever Built

1000 Horsepower VOLAR-e Racer is One of the Most Powerful Electric Cars Ever Built

If you have ever found yourself a little underwhelmed by the performance of electric vehicles, the European Commission is out to change your mind with the new VOLAR-e high-performance electric sports car.

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Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

We like to boast about how 'smart' our mobile devices and computers have become - but why are we still powering them with dumb batteries? Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State University,

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General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

Researchers at GE Global Research have achieved a first step in reducing the cost of zero emission buses, with a vehicle powered by General Electric’s new Durathon battery in tandem with a lithium

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