Feds fund $19M in smart grid demos

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) calls it a system that is cleaner, more efficient, reliable, resilient and responsive. We call it the smart grid.

Leaders gather for Cancun climate summit

Representatives from 200 countries are gathering in Cancun for this year's UN climate summit. But hopes aren't high that there will be any global deal as a result.

Biofuel blend powers Navy Sea Hawk helicopter

The US Navy recently used a 50/50 biofuel blend to fly an MH60S Sea Hawk - a helicopter typically deployed for anti-surface warfare and combat  missions.



New England granite a geothermal hotbed?

We need to expand the popular concept of geothermal power. Really, it's not just about geysers spurting water and steam, Old Faithful-like, high into the air.


Ford decides who will get all electric Focus first

The Ford Motor Company is going to be launching its first all-electric, zero pollution car, the Ford Focus Electric. It will go on sale in late 2011 and like the rest of the electric cars; it will only be available in limited markets.

Philly Eagles go for clean energy sack

We've certainly seen sports leagues play ball with solar power before, but a stadium design recently unveiled by the Philadelphia Eagles is promising to score a clean energy touchdown to top all others.

Methane-powered laptops on the way

No, it's not a breakaway movement from Steampunk - it's serious science. A group of materials scientists have developed a new type of fuel cell that they say could soon lead to methane-powered laptops.

Many consumers skeptical over EVs

Consumers were certainly quick to adopt hybrid cars when they debuted around a decade ago - particularly the Toyota Prius. 

But will they do the same with the new plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs)? 



Environmentally friendly car full of crap, runs off it

Engineers from GENeco are obsessed with feces, in an environmentally friendly way. They have converted a VW Beetle to run off of methane gas that comes from human waste.

LA Auto Show sees Honda plug-in platform

While showcasing its new Fit EV Concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, Honda also unwrapped its plug-in hybrid platform.

Planes should look more like birds, says team

Planes designed to look like birds would be more aerodynamic than traditional shapes, say a pair of engineers in California and South Africa.

Recession triggers cut in carbon emissions

The world economic recession appears to have been responsible for a fall in global emissions of carbon dioxide betweem 2008 and 2009.

'People-powered poo pump' could clean up slum life

A new pedal-powered sewage disposal system could help fight diseases such as dysentery, cholera and typhoid, its inventor hopes.

Business leaders demand action on climate change

Hundreds of business leaders from around the world yesterday released a demand for "an ambitious, robust and equitable global deal on climate change".

Physicist turns trees into street lights

Cities could one day be lit by glowing trees, thanks to a discovery at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU).

Carbon sequestration could poison water supplies, study finds

Carbon sequestration - much touted as a cure-all for unsustainable levels of polluting emissions - could increase contaminants in drinking water ten-fold, a new study has found.

Oil could run dry long before substitutes can take over

Unless R&D is stepped up dramatically, stock market expectations indicate that global oil supplies will run out 90 years before replacement technologies are ready.

Gulf oil hits food chain much sooner than expected

Following the Gulf oil spill, many people were surprised by how quickly the oil seemed to disappear. Now scientists say they know where it went - into the food chain.

Project aims to create living buildings

The University of Greenwich’s School of Architecture & Construction is using synthetic biology to create 'living' buildings.

Climate change made ocean circulation switch direction

The circulation of water in the Atlantic Ocean reversed its direction less than 20,000 years ago, a study has found.