Many bicycles on the market today use batteries to be able to propel themselves with electricity to keep the rider from getting tired and sweaty during a commute. A new electric bicycle has turned up that has some other unique features. The biggest of those features is that it uses no chain.
If you're living in the West, you may want to start thinking about conserving your water. A group of scientists from NASA, Columbia University, and Cornell University have published a paper in Science Advances which suggests a 35-year drought - or "megadrought," as they call it - will be hitting the Southwest and central Great Plains in the near future. This will happen, they say, if we stay on our current trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. If emissions continue as they are, there's an 80% chance, this team says, that we'll hit at least one "decades-long" megadrought between the years 2050 and 2100.
Water recycling is nothing new, NASA has been recycling water from human waste to ensure that astronauts have enough water to drink for years. The shower of the future sounds like something that NASA would cook up. It captures water that would normally go down the drain and uses it to wash you. As gross as that might sound, the makers claim the water is very clean.
Anyone who’s taken a ride through California’s Altamost Pass knows it’s gusty up there. To take advantage, wind turbines don’t dot the landscape — they dominate it. In a new project that will replace about 770 turbines with 48 new machines (that produce twice the energy as the dated turbines), Google has announced they will purchase about half the energy from the new machines. That power grab (literally) will provide Google with enough renewable energy to power their entire corporate campus in Mountain View.
In most of the developed countries around the world, we take for granted that we will always have clean drinking water. All we need to do is turn on the faucet to get a drink. In developing countries, getting water is a struggle. A new device called the Desolenator promises to make it cheap and easy for people in places without a clean supply of water to make their own drinkable water.
If you're any sort of a tech or gadget geek, then you might very well be familiar with Parrot's small army of personal drones. What might not be familiar with is its other geeky products. Here at CES 2015, the company is laying out all its new wares, including a pair of "smart pots" that adds some intelligence and automation to your gardening hobbies. But you might be surprised that the Parrot Pot and the Parrot H2O are actually the company's second generation of smart and connected horticulture solutions already.
The teams as IHI Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have begun work on an ocean energy power generation system. They've been selected by Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as co-researchers in their new system for "Research and Development ("R&D") of Ocean Energy Technology - Demonstration Research of Ocean Energy Power Generation". The team have been working on research and development since 2011 on a Next-Generation Ocean Energy Power Generation (Underwater Floating Type Ocean Current Turbine System) - demonstration research is coming up next.
While vehicles like Toyota's fuel-cell powered Mirai are leading the charge to a future less reliant on fossil fuels, Germany's Sunfire GmbH may have a way to bridge the gap with its method of producing synthetic fuel from water and carbon dioxide. By using two of the world's most abundant elements to create hydrocarbon fuel, a much great efficiency over fossil fuels can be achieved.
This week the first ever bus powered on human food waste was released into the wild in the UK. This is the Bio-Bus, a green vehicle which is literally, truly powered by poo. This bus was created by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water, a company proud to product a bus that's able to travel 300km (or 186mi) on a full tank of gas produced by Bristol sewage treatment works. So you don't actually poo ON the bus, but you are on the bus running because of your poo, if you live in the area it's running.
Over the years there have been a few vehicles sold by major automakers that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Burning hydrogen to produce electricity to power vehicles eliminates the pollution that burning gasoline produces. So far, all of these fuel cell vehicles have come with free hydrogen for the buyers of the cars. Free fuel is a big deal and if you though that automakers were doing that to sell the fuel cell vehicles, you are wrong.