Tesla touts 90 second battery swap

Would you be more inclined to buy a pricey Tesla Motors Model S if you could swap out the battery in 90 seconds, said by Tesla to be less than half the time it takes to refill a gas tank?

Army says solar power helps protect US troops

The U.S. Army had a power problem, and the consequence was no small matter: Troops were left more vulnerable to sniper attacks. But now, the Army says, the use of solar and wind systems is keeping the power flowing and, as a result, helping reduce casualties.

US special forces eye electric motorcycles for combat missions

One of the aspects of U.S. Special Operations Forces which can make or break a mission is the ability to get in and out of a hot zone quietly.

How to chill your beer in seconds with TurboCool

There is nothing worse than reaching for an adult beverage at the end of a long day, only to find out that it’s warm.

Video: A battery made of wood?

A sliver of wood coated with tin could make a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly battery.

Google's Project Loon wants to eliminate internet dead zones

I’ll admit it. I’m uncomfortable when traveling through internet dead zones. On one hand, I’m thankful they exist, because they force people like me to unplug. On the other, I realize that education and opportunity suffer in the two-thirds of the world that doesn’t have access to a reliable internet connection.

In defense of wind power

Vestas is fighting back against “myths” propagated by “professional anti-wind activists,” and it’s beginning its campaign in Australia, “a hot-bed of anti-wind activity” where “wild claims” run rampant.

Toyota teases Camatte57s electric concept car

Toyota is mostly focused upon hybrids as its green car strategy globally, especially given the strong success of the Prius.

Cancun wants a self-sufficient eco resort

How do you celebrate a country’s 50th birthday? Well, if that country is a tropical paradise like Cancun, you build it an artificial island that doubles as a self-sufficient eco-resort, of course.

Mia is a mini electric vehicle

A rather cute little electric vehicle is set to be imported into the United Kingdom from France this summer for fleet use. The Mia three-seater from Mia Electric will price for around £16,995 + VAT starting, including the UK government’s plug-in car grant.

Claim: Using the Cloud saves energy

Information technology managers take note: The cloud can be your friend. U.S. government researchers built a model to test the energy cost of running common business applications using centralized data centers instead of local systems.

Raise and eat your own bugs from this tabletop terrarium

With growing drought and an inefficient agricultural system (not to mention the world’s bees careening for extinction), there are fears that someday soon, there will no longer be enough meat-based protein to keep the world from going hungry.

This micro-house can stand up to bad weather

I love tiny houses, and hope to live in one of my own someday. But with all the talk of tornadoes and derecho storms that’s been going on lately, I’ve been wondering what it would be like to live in one during nasty weather. No one wants to look out their bedroom window into the eye of the twister like poor Dorothy and Toto.

Amazon wants biospheres in downtown Seattle

Of all the science-fiction tropes from late-20th-century pop-culture, perhaps none is as strong as the eternally futuristic rounded glass dome built to protect Earth’s fragile species.

World population could hit nearly 11 billion by 2100

A new statistical analysis shows the world population could reach nearly 11 billion by the end of the century, according to a United Nations report issued June 13. That’s about 800 million, or about 8 percent, more than the previous projection of 10.1 billion, issued in 2011.

Report: Microbes live more than 500 feet beneath the seafloor in 5 million-year-old sediment

Microbes are living more than 500 feet beneath the seafloor in 5 million-year-old sediment, according to new findings by researchers at the University of Delaware and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

This green house is controlled by a smartphone

In the bold, bright future of the animated TV show The Jetsons, virtually anything, from cars to houses, could be controlled by the push of a button. How quaint. Little did the show’s creators know that the true sign of control in the 21st century is the smartphone app and the touchscreen.

Honda Fit EV now cheaper to lease

Honda, in an attempt to keep its Fit EV electric cars in the eyes of consumers mostly looking at the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, has dropped the price of the monthly lease. The drop, which was effective at the beginning of June, lowered for new and existing leases from $389 to $259.

Building a modular micro house

A child of the 80′s, I’ve had a long and wonderful relationship with Tetris. There’s just something about getting exactly the block you need and then watching those lines disappear that’s deliciously satisfying.

The Voltmaker charger is powered by kinetic energy

Envision this: you are walking down the street talking on your iPhone in an important conversation when suddenly your battery dies. You really need to complete the call but there’s no place to plug in your smartphone to charge.