Water Based Nuclear Battery

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I am not going to get into a debate about the pros and cons of nuclear energy and its potential dangers. Apart from the Thorium argument I am really unqualified to comment on such issues. I however can see some benefits of a nuclear battery in some applications. The following story was sourced from the …

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Solar Cooker That Runs At Night

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I have always like the idea of solar cookers. They have one major drawback.  you need to sun to cook. Adopting the principles from the solar thermal industry where salt is used to store heat a solar cooker can now cook 24 hours per day. Countless people across the developing world still cook their food …

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PolyPlus LiAir and Li-H2O Batteries

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The billions of dollars a year in battery research is being undertaken as everyone knows the big payoff for transportation and energy storage. If you had an electric car that could run 1000 miles between charges then this would bring about a major paradigm shift in consumer spending habits. The LiAir and Li-H2O battery development …

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$20 Million for QMoGen Demonstration

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  The good people from the XPRIZE may put up $20 million USD to the first team that can produce ‘substantive energy generation’ from an ‘entirely new method’ twice in two weeks. This should be really easy for the 50 or more QMoGen devices claiming free energy. Unlike what has been announced in other media …

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NET’s Solar Window Update

New Energy Technologies – Columbia, MD has made huge progress on their venture to commercialize the patented Solar Window. Since our last story on NET, they have progressed to models well beyond labratory tests and have had independent testing performed by and a certification issued from the National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL). The Solar Window tested by …

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Asteroid Mining – Becoming Reality

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The prospects of a robotic manufacturing base operating off Earth is not as far-fetched an idea as it used to be. Advances in robotics and remote manufacturing in the form of 3-D printing offer some tantalizing prospects for future designers to consider as they map out the ways to explore and use resources in the solar system. Also, private companies are establishing goals and abilities to use resources available near Earth. Rapid progress is being made toward developing a self-sustaining, space-based industry that would use resources from asteroids and other celestial bodies to meet the needs of Earth.

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Hydrogen Production Preakthrough

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  Whilst we look on with some amusement to nonsensical SHT Hydrogen claims, the real scientists have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water which will assist in the quest towards cheap, clean and renewable energy. Chemists from the University of Glasgow report in a new paper in Science today  on …

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A paradigm change

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Thanks to Harry Veeder for a heads-up on this one. Professor Dan Sheehan has been talking for a while about how the Second Law of Thermodynamics isn’t so much a Law as a rule of thumb, and he’s now got some pretty good data to demonstrate that he’s right. Go have a look at http://jointheparadigm.com/ …

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Supersonic Underwater Travel

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  China has moved a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel across the Pacific in less than two hours. I am not sure why anyone would want to do this, and wonder what happens if you hit a big fish (like a 20 ton whale) at 2000 miles per hour. New …

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Cheap Solar – Phillipine’s Economic Impact

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Cheap, cheaper, cheapest, Amid news that China’s production output of solar panels is going to double before 2017 (so expect further price reductions) and the news that major corporations such as Apple, Verizon, Google, UPS, Walmart, Kohl’s, IKEA, and GM are investing heavily in solar, here’s some more good news for those enthusiastic about energy …

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Cosmic Friction – why things may not go on forever

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Cosmic Friction – why things may not go on forever I like to tweak peoples’ tails now and again. This one comes from thinking about whether some of the things we were taught and take for granted are fully true or have some slight inaccuracies. The ancient Greeks thought that a constant force applied to …

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Energy From Sound

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  Charging mobile phones and other small electronic devices  with sound could become a reality, according to a new collaboration between scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Microsoft. The team used the key properties of zinc oxide, a material that when squashed or stretched creates a voltage by converting energy from motion into …

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