IKEA pulls the plug on incandescents


Many people are increasingly aware that the traditional incandescent light bulb is on life-support, and IKEA, it seems, has decided to pull the plug. 



California makes hybrid cars the expensive option

California's energy policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions are making plug-in hybrid vehicles uneconomical.

Ford debuts C-MAX Hybrid at Detroit Auto Show

Ford didn't make its plug-in C-MAX Energi roll out on the runway at the North American International Auto Show all alone.

Global temperature hits record levels

Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Solar-powered chip, battery not required



Solar-powered microelectronics? Not unusual. 

But a solar-powered microchip with no battery - that is to say, a chip with the solar cell integrated into it and running directly off available light - now that's a breakthrough. 



Banned Four Loko energy drink now powers cars

Four Loko, the blend of alcohol, caffeine, and what tastes suspiciously like antifreeze, has often been described as "motor oil" by those who have had the pleasure of drinking it.

Duracell bolsters USB charging options


Noting that some 3 billion USB-enabled devices shipped in 2009 - and that the figure could rise to 4 billion - Duracell announced a new line of portable power inverters and laptop power adapters ready to fire up the gizmos. 



Check out this eco-futuristic Komb house

Futuristic, funky, green powered and recyclable - that's the Komb house by Karim Rashid, who believes that "design is about the betterment of our lives poetically, aesthetically, experientially, sensorially, and emotionally." 



Climate change to continue for at least a thousand years

Even under the best-case scenarios, rising CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere will cause unstoppable effects to the climate for at least the next 1,000 years, say Canadian researchers.

New Toyota Prius lineup coming Monday


Word began to leak out more than a year ago that Toyota would grow its line of hybrids under the Prius name, transforming it from a mere model into a brand itself.

Electric car market gains focus


Pike Research is out with a forecast for electric vehicles for 2011 that doesn't quite suggest the fuzzy, question-filled market will gain perfect clarity, but does predict a "year in which many … answers will come into greater focus."  



Gulf methane levels fall back to normal

New tests of methane levels in the Gulf of Mexico have surprised scientists by revealing near-normal amounts. The team had expected levels to remain high for years.

Atmosphere 'pretty good' at cleaning itself

The earth's atmosphere seems to be better at ridding itself of pollutants than had previously been realized.

Are solar billboards the future of digital advertising?


If big business can snag attention with electronic billboards, why not the little guy, too?

Hornet's stripes act as PV cell

A Tel Aviv University team has shown that a type of hornet has a body that acts as a photo-voltaic cell, converting the sun's energy into electricity.

Freescale wants to save your watts

AC adapters left plugged in but not charging a device? That's just pure, unmitigated waste, the most evil form of vampire power in existence. 

And that's what Freescale Semiconductor said it's ready to vanquish.


Honda leases EV-neo scooters

It's cute, it's green and it's bound to turn heads in the delivery business - it's the Honda EV-neo electric scooter, and as of now, it's available for lease sales in Japan.

Researchers find new way to purify water

University of Utah researchers have developed a new way to purify water: zap microbes with electricity until they do the job for you.

Solar cell mimics plants to self-repair

Using carbon nanotubes and DNA, researchers have created a new type of solar cell designed to self-repair like natural photosynthetic systems in plants.

Oceanic 'Garbage Patch' smaller than claimed

The amount of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean's 'Great Garbage Patch' is nowhere near as great as has been made out, an Oregon State University scientist says.