Shell Concedes That Drilling Off the Alaskan Coast Is a Really Bad, Really Expensive Idea

After spending $7 billion drilling for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, oil giant Shell announced today it will cease all drilling due to “a clearly disappointing exploration outcome.” This means there might be zero drilling off Alaska’s Arctic coast in the near future. »9/28/15 7:03pm9/28/15 7:03pm

Australia is the First Country to Get Tesla's Powerwall Battery


That’s right, Tesla’s much talked about Powerwall — the battery that can power your entire house — will be available in the Australian market from late this year. Tesla, the company best known for its Model S electric sedan, is launching Tesla Energy in Australia, which will bring products including both the… »9/19/15 11:48am9/19/15 11:48am

Gasp! Lockheed Skunk Works Says It Has A Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Billionaire superheroes Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne's defense companies both had one, and now real-world defense giant Lockheed Martin says they have one too. It is the holy grail of cheap and stable energy, yet it has eluded the scientific community for a century. Well, that may finally be about to change once and for… »10/15/14 9:15pm10/15/14 9:15pm

This Flapping Device Makes Electricity From Wind Rushing Past Your Car

As far as car accessories go, we have to admit this one looks pretty silly. But the Samsung scientists who made it could also be onto something. The flapping tongues inside are actually coated with gold, and when they rub up against a smooth plate, electricity is created through something called the triboelectric… »9/23/14 10:42pm9/23/14 10:42pm

Google Street View Cars Find Hundreds of Gas Leaks in Cities

If you live in an old city surrounded by history, chances are you also live with hundreds if not thousands of gas leaks all around you. It's bad for you (think explosions) and bad for the environment (think global warming), so we should probably do something about it. That's why Google Street View and the… »7/16/14 1:53pm7/16/14 1:53pm

Editorial From 1925 Predicted Decline of Coal, Rise of Atomic Energy

Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal's inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it's no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a… »11/20/13 2:44pm11/20/13 2:44pm

Joule MPV Brings South African Engineering To Paris Show Floor

We brought you word of the Joule all-electric MPV »10/03/08 4:45pm10/03/08 4:45pm yesterday, a South African entrant in the new electric car wars, and now we have live shots of the Joule on the floor. The little Afrikaaner is produced by a new tech company called Optimal Energy and was designed by a former Jag stylist — though we're going to have…

Obama Wants A Million Plug-In Hybrids On US Roads By 2015

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama delivered an energy policy speech in Lansing, MI yesterday, a key pillar of which is the goal of putting one million plug-in hybrids on US roads by 2015. Obama's proposal would help offset the initial cost of the ambitious program by providing up to $7,000 in tax credits to… »8/05/08 8:30am8/05/08 8:30am