Bacteria that feed on pure electricity are all around us, say researchers who have demonstrated their findings by growing the bacteria directly on battery electrodes. In their habitat, the bacteria survive on -- and subsequently excrete -- pure energy.
Solar power is perhaps the most well-known alternative source for power, but because of cost and the puzzles of physics itself, it is still quite far from becoming a completely sustainable and practical replacement. Sharp, however, may be on the breakthrough of creating solar cells that are twice as efficient as currently existing cells, at least in theory.
This week the folks behind SmartMio are aiming to bring some extra in-depth fitness tracking to the public. They’ll be doing this with EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or NEMS. In practice, this means that the SmartMio device won’t just be on your person, it’ll be attached to your body, sending nerve impulses "to engage your muscles during a workout."
This afternoon Tesla shared the results of their financial fourth quarter for 2013, making clear their successes in selling their electric Model S vehicle worldwide. Tesla made clear that this quarter they’ve sold 6,892 Model S automobiles, a record for the quarter for the company. They’ve also shown that with 22,477 vehicles sold, they’re rolling quite comfortably into 2014.
NASA this weekend all but abandoned a money-saving technology due to a lack of money. You read that correctly. The space agency's budget woes are so suffocating that it can't even get the funding to develop ways to make missions more efficient. In this case, the efficiency would have been massive: the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG)--the program that just effectively got the ax--would have let many space missions require just one-fourth the fuel they currently need.
After a bit of a foot-in-mouth mention of a high-speed transit system between the two ends of the country earlier this year, Elon Musk is today ready to bring a bit more heat to the very real possibility of this Hyperloop system. In a release made through Tesla Motors, Musk suggests that this next-generation system must be faster and cheaper to operate than either our current airplane system or driving a car. It must be, he suggested, far better than any other mode of transport for the journey it's capable of making - a fifth mode of transport.
There's a petition out there in Washington summond by the public on behalf of Tesla Motors, and as of the first of July, it's reached 75,000 of the 100k it needs to be seen. While the end result of the petition gaining its full set of signatures isn't entirely clear*, the sheet's aim is this: allow Tesla - and all other vehicle manufacturers - to sell their vehicles direct to consumers. At the moment, if you did not know, 48 states in the USA restrict or prohibit direct sales between automobile manufacturers and consumers.
Unnamed United Stated officials, both current and former, spoke with the folks at the Wall Street Journal, revealing that hackers backed by the Iranian government have ramped up cyberattacks against the US, specifically zeroing in on the control systems that manage the energy industry. Unlike the Chinese hackers who have infiltrated various US companies, the intent behind the Iranian hackers appears to be sabotage.
In an announcement let loose today by Tesla Motors, they've made it clear that they're claiming to be "the only American car company to have fully repaid the government." As over the past several years it's been a big subject of controversy that the government gave "bailout" funds to companies in many different industries, it's important to note that this particular loan was not part of the so-called "bailout" rounds given to GM and Chrysler.
Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that by combining Graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides, a material that can react to light, they are able to create a product that can generate electricity from sunlight. They can form thin sheets of the product that can be placed on buildings to absorb sunlight and turn it into electricity.