Electricity

First Dyson EV images show big wheels, reclined seats

First Dyson EV images show big wheels, reclined seats

First announced in 2017, the Dyson electric vehicle range is just today revealed in imagery. As is always the case with patent imagery, the aesthetics you see today may not reflect the final product. However, given that Dyson himself shared the images with the media, we can be pretty sure they've got some connection with the shapes and movement of the car aimed at a 2021 release.

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Dyson wants gas cars banned by 2030 in UK

Dyson wants gas cars banned by 2030 in UK

Critics of gasoline vehicles have been ramping up toward suggestions of an outright ban of gas-guzzling vehicles around the world for decades. For most, it didn't seem realistic until very recently. The idea that any government would be able to ban the use of a certain sort of fuel didn't seem possible when there was no realistic alternative, but with the rise of the electric car, a no-gas law might well be in the making.

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Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Ever wonder that it'd take to make a Terminator robot out of liquid metal? A study was released with the American Chemical Study that showed the future of MLMD, a magnetic liquid metal droplet. It's not exactly ready to be used as a next-generation super soldier just yet, but it's the next big step. MLMD is created with a multimaterial system including liquid metals, iron particles, and electrolytes, and it's ready to stretch.

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Onewheel Pint is a smaller, more affordable one-wheeled skateboard

Onewheel Pint is a smaller, more affordable one-wheeled skateboard

A relatively compact one-wheeled electric-powered skateboard was revealed today with the name Onewheel Pint. This isn't the first time a personal electric vehicle of this sort's ever been made - it's a sort of refinement of the concept. Like we're a couple iterations in to the idea, and we're getting closer to the sweet spot for size, weight, and cost.

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Research: Here come wi-fi power-harvesting batteries

Research: Here come wi-fi power-harvesting batteries

The simplification of elements having to do with smartphones in their current state seems to be the overarching theme of mobile tech today. The iterating of elements - screen size, shape, amount of cameras, piddly things - seem to be what's most important to smartphone manufacturers. What's it going to take to change the whole industry? Could a battery system that harvests radiation from Wi-fi to charge batteries do the trick?

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Motorola Modular Power System hands-on: Plug and play

Motorola Modular Power System hands-on: Plug and play

Motorola has a new set of devices at CES 2019, and they're not smartphones. They've teamed up with the folks at Schumacher Electric Corp to create the Motorola Modular Power System. We've seen Motorola go modular before - with their Moto Z collection of smartphones, still in production today. Now it would seem that they're going out a whole new door - sort of. This isn't the same sort of situation as Lenovo's Motorola smartphones - it's slightly more about branding - but no less interesting.

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10 reasons for the blue sky explosion in New York City

10 reasons for the blue sky explosion in New York City

We've got the official explanation for why the sky went an unnatural blue last night in New York City. The Con Edison (NYC) electrical company's explanation is the most feasible - that an electrical fire caused the whole mess. In our feature today we'd like to explain what really happened, first and foremost - then we'd like to explore some awesome alternate possibilities. Science fiction sort of stuff - the stuff that would've been much more awesome than a mere transformer explosion in Astoria.

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Bitcoin firm bankrupt, owes millions

Bitcoin firm bankrupt, owes millions

As the value of bitcoin fell below $5k this week, a cryptocurrency mining firm Giga Watt declared bankruptcy. The US-based bitcoin mining firm currently owes creditors millions of dollars - US dollars - and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an Eastern District of Washington court on Monday, the 19th of November, 2018. They currently owe over $7-million to creditors.

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California to make solar mandatory for new homes starting 2020

California to make solar mandatory for new homes starting 2020

Solar power has been around for years, even decades, but it has never caught on in the consumer market for two reasons. One is affordability, the other is a lack of a bigger push. California might be providing the latter if the state's Energy Commission gets what it wants in Wednesday's vote. If it does, all new houses and small condos and apartments applying for a permit starting 2020 will be required to have solar panels.

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Electric car chargers across the USA: Target, Walmart, and more

Electric car chargers across the USA: Target, Walmart, and more

Electrify America announced new electric car charging stations this week that'll be popping up across the United States soon. New partners with Electrify America include Target Corporation, Brixmor Property Group, Kimco Realty Corporation, Sheetz, Casey’s General Stores, DDR Corporation, and Global Partners LP’s Alltown. More than 100 ultra-fast electric vehicle chargers are aimed at more than 100 major retail, convenience, and refueling locations across 25 states (in the USA).

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Australia Virtual Power Plant is a grid of Tesla solar homes

Australia Virtual Power Plant is a grid of Tesla solar homes

Solar energy is no longer just an experiment, thanks to companies, like Tesla, that are pushing for its mass commoditization. But by appealing to individual consumers only, the true potential of solar power is never reached. That is, it only benefits a single house. The government of South Australia is casting its net wider by trying to build the world’s largest virtual power plant that will be made of up 50,000 homes, each outfitted with solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery.

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Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin, love it or hate it, is a financial reality that has moved into the mainstream. With attention -- and value -- higher than ever, people around the world are mining in hopes of picking up precious digital fragments of the cryptocurrency. The environmental cost of cryptocurrency mining was a concerned raised years ago and one that has received renewed attention thanks to a new report: Bitcoin mining is using more electricity than 12 US states and 159 countries.

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