Physics & Technology:
Despite many varied and valiant attempts, fusion energy has remained out of reach. One new technique uses hydrogen-boron reactions to theoretically achieve fusion in a way that produces no radioactive waste.
Forget about today’s modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in the wings might be a groundbreaking development: a machine that is aware of itself and its surroundings, and that could take in and process massive amounts of data in real time. It could be sent on dangerous missions, into space or combat. In addition to driving people around, it might be able to cook, clean, do laundry – and even keep humans company when other people aren’t nearby
A major difficulty in electric vehicle adoption is their battery capacity and range. One new study could help us potentially triple electric car range, hopefully supporting the global break from fossil fuels
Many decades ago, scientists theorized the possibility of strange material they called "excitonium." Now, thanks to innovative experimentation, researchers have proven its existence.
Is commercial nuclear fusion energy just around the corner? In Oxfordshire, two new research centers will be built to create the technology necessary to create fusion energy on a commercial scale.
Tesla has dedicated efforts to restoring energy in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Now, the company is partnering with the local government to launch six new battery projects on two islands.
Self-driving cars are expected to make our roads safer. Now, UK insurance company Direct Line is offering a discount to customers who use Tesla Autopilot to facilitate research into its effects.
New smart window technology, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US, is showing great potential. Apart from keeping heat out of buildings, this smart window could also work as a solar panel and convert sunlight into energy.
The first ever all-electric cargo ship is in operation in China's Pearl River. While it's a step in the right direction to eliminate fossil fuels, the ship is being used to carry coal — the very material that encouraged the shift to clean energy.
Physicists at the University of Arkansas have invented a nano-scale power generatorthat could potentially use the movement of graphene to produce clean, unlimited energy. Called a Vibration Energy Harvester, this development provides evidence for the theory that two-dimensional materials could be a source of usable energy.