These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed

May 21, 2017

Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn’t inspired people to buy, buy, buy. But what if you could make the technology cheaper and produce it at a higher scale? Some believe that printed solar is the way forward. SEE ALSO: Meet the company vying to take on Tesla in clean energy Leading the charge is Paul Dastoor from the University of…


This company wants to beat Tesla at its clean energy game

May 20, 2017

Solar panels + battery storage + electric vehicle = living the clean energy dream.Image: Vivint solar Tesla isn’t the only automaker vying to claim your rooftop as well as your garage. Mercedes-Benz now wants to sell you a full “ecosystem” of clean energy services, including solar panels that charge battery packs, which in turn charge electric vehicles or at least let you store daytime solar power for nighttime use. The…


These jellyfish-like balloons are delivering internet to people affected by Peru floods

May 19, 2017

One of Project Loon's balloons.Image: alphabet/project loon During natural disasters, the ability to communicate with loved ones and get basic information is vital. But communication infrastructure is often one of the first things to be knocked out by high winds, massive rain, and flooding especially in remote and rural regions. Massive jellyfish-like balloons traveling at the edge of space, however, are making that problem a thing of the past. SEE…


Tesla teams up with a utility company to firm up its power grid

May 17, 2017

Some lucky Vermonters will have a shot at super cheap Powerwalls.Image: tesla Tesla is pairing up with a Vermont utility provider to offer subsidized Powerwall battery packs to bolster its power grid and give customers a chance to harness its energy when other lights go out. Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP), a utility company with a decidedly environmental focus, will be the first power provider in the world to integrate…


A ‘second wave’ of ransomware could broaden global cyberattack

May 15, 2017

Hackers gonna hack.Image: carl court/Getty Images Microsoft Windows users, brace yourselves. People are worried a second wave of cyberattacks could strike around the world on Monday as employees return to their desks and log onto their computers. Security experts say the unprecedented ransomware attack that on Friday locked up computers across the globe including UK hospital, FedEx, train systems in Germany among other institutions in exchange for payment, could cause…


Nikes two-hour marathon project reveals technological inequities in sport

May 5, 2017

This weekend, with technological improve, three runners will try to break the two-hour marathon hindrance. This is a good time to ask who engineering is for This weekend in Italy three privileged jocks sponsored by Nike, the athletics company, will, milieu permitting, 2: 02:57, to be prepared by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya in Berlin in 2014. Shaving three minutes from the marathon enter would be an incredible accomplishment. The previous…


How to protect yourself when live video shows a suicide

May 1, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Pressmaster The thrill of social media is often the possibility of surprise. It’s fun to log on and see which viral videos, political rants, news stories, and baby pictures your friends and family have shared. SEE ALSO: ’13 Reasons Why’ proves that good intentions aren’t enough when it comes to portraying suicide What we don’t expect is to see someone die. Watching a suicide attempt (or murder)…


New human rights to protect against ‘mind hacking’ and brain data theft proposed

April 27, 2017

A response to advances in neurotechnology that they are able predict or reform psyche activity, new human rights would protect people from theft, abuse and hacking New human rights that would protect people from having their views and other psyche datum plagiarized, mistreated or spoofed have been proposed by researchers. The move is a response to the rapid improvements being constructed with engineerings that predict or reform psyche activity and…