Solar power is an important part of our future, but in many ways it is still too expensive. The Ohio State University has helped lessen that issue with a new device it created -- a solar cell that serves as its own battery, doing so using a type of panel design that introduces air into the "breathing" battery.
Both NASA and SpaceX have their eyes on Mars, both for seemingly very different reasons. While NASA is busy researching the planet to find out what secrets it holds, Elon Musk is looking towards a future where we establish human colonies on the Red Planet. Such a mission, he says, is vital for the future of humanity.
Around this time last year, Zero Motorcycles showcased its 2014 lineup of electric motorcycles, and now the company is back to unveiled its 2015 bikes. With the new models comes designs that are distinct but improved in multiple ways, not the least of which is a boost to the range they get on a charge.
Burger King has attracted a lot of attention recently with the all-black burger it launched in Japan -- something that we braved a taste of and gave two thumbs-up. Not to be left out of the limelight is McDonald's, which has moved ahead with its own similar gimmick in Japan, introducing its own squid-ink offering.
We've seen examples of low-cost 3D printed houses (and an unrelated castle), and while they're all interesting, they are out of the reach of most prospective home buyers. That could change with WikiHouse, a project that aims to provide the public with plans for cheap homes that can be built in a matter of days.
More than a century ago, two British ships took off to explore the Arctic with a total of 129 men, seeking to chart the Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, both ships disappeared with all on-board, and for the past several years, the Canadian government has been searching for the ships' remains. Today it announced that one has been located.
Memobottle has introduced a new water bottle that is designed for the modern age -- it is wide and flat, and (risks of having water next to your expensive gadgets aside) can slip in your bag between your laptop and tablet. The water bottle is being funded on Kickstarter, where it has nearly hit its funding goal.
Lead pollution is a serious issue, particularly when looked at from the perspective of thousands of old car batteries that are increasingly unneeded due to changes in the battery technologies used. Researchers at MIT have developed a new way to recycle these batteries, and rather than creating them into new car batteries, they've figured out how to make them into very efficient solar panels.