Browsing the "Science" Category

Sulfur-ion Batteries to be Cheaper, More Energy Dense

June 23rd, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

A new type of battery that both lithium and sulfur ions is currently being developed at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and it promises to outwit, outplay, and outlast the best batteries currently on the market, for a fraction of the cost. How big of a boost does sulfur give “conventional” lithium-ions? The lab’s researchers are reporting that their sulfur ion batteries have approximately four times the energy density of the lithium-ion batteries currently found in electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model

Video: 16 yr-old Turns Algae to Biofuel and Wins Intel Science Award

June 21st, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

Evie Sobczak is a freakin’ rock star, and you want to know her. Why? Because what started out as Evie’s 8th grade science fair project just won Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair. That’s a big deal because, as Sobczak puts it, “It’s, like, the biggest science fair ever!”

Celebrating Progress: A Martian Rover Party On Earth

August 7th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

As most of you know, NASA landed their most advanced rover yet on Mars. However, many Americans were not aware that this was about to happen, or why they should care that we (the taxpayers) just spent $2.6 billion on a nuclear vehicle with a top speed of 5mph. That none of us will ever get to drive. What is the point of this vehicle, and why should we be glad to have spent that money

Outer Space Takes Center Stage At BIL Conference

March 6th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

Seasteading, Immortality, Amateur Porn, Space Travel, Tango, Cupping, Pizza and mingling with tourists on the Queen Mary. BIL's got all that and more. Because we cover the future of transportation, it's only right we focus on the speakers who took us into the future of off-planet transportation

Fill 'er Up, in SPACE! Antimatter Found in Earth's Orbit

August 15th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

A recent discovery of antimatter in the Earth's upper magnetic fields have scientists claiming that these tiny specks of matter might one day be used to fuel inter-planetary spacecraft. Tremendous potential energies are tapped matter and antimatter interact (or, "annihilate") in a reaction that produces energy more efficiently than the nuclear fusion at the sun's core

Prius-Inspired Bike Shifts Gears with Your Mind

August 12th, 2011 | by Andrew Meggison

To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Toyota Prius, Parlee Cycles has teamed up with Toyota to create a bicycle based on the Prius design. A fun project indeed, and one that does celebrate green fuel alternatives. But what really sets this bike apart is the use of a special neuron helmet created by DeepLocal that allows the rider of the Prius bike to shift gears with their mind

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