Electricity could be generated from bacteria

It could soon be possible to use bacteria to generate energy, following a discovery by scientists at the University of East Anglia.

New 'ray gun' can put out fires

A team of chemists has produced a device that they say can put out fires and could be used by firefighters as an alternative to water or foam.

Plastics can now conduct electricity

The discovery of a new technique will make it possible to create a whole new collection of plastics with metallic and/or superconducting properties.  

California makes hybrid cars the expensive option

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

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.

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.

A zap to the brain makes people better at math

A quick blast of electricity to one region of the brain can make a person better at math for up to six months, say neuroscientists at Oxford University.

A new source of energy: tapping electricity from the air

Brazilian scientists believe they have found a way of tapping electricity direct from the air - and preventing lightning strikes at the same time.

MIT finds new way to make electricity

MIT researchers have discovered a completely new way of producing electricity - and they don't fully understand how it works.

Google: All your electricity belongs to us

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Google's request to buy and sell electricity.