Red bricks can store energy just like batteries

A new method can convert 65-cent red bricks from Home Depot into a supercapacitor that can store electricity, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: energy heat batteries science-and-technology earth-and-environment

How can oil prices plunge below zero?

Oil prices have crashed like never before. Here, an expert explains why that is and what it would take to get things back to normal.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: energy fossil-fuels money oil global-trade featured society-and-culture

Ankle exoskeleton makes running easier

Running is great exercise but not everyone feels great doing it. An ankle exoskeleton could make running easier and boost your physical activity.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy exercise running featured health-and-medicine

Data centers aren’t the energy hogs we thought

A new rundown of how much energy data centers around the world use shows that they don't use as much power as previously believed.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change energy data-science computers science-and-technology

Clear solar panels could power future greenhouses

The next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered, researchers say. But it might not work as well in chillier climates.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: energy plants photosynthesis renewable-energy earth-and-environment

Quantum weirdness rewrites rules about heat in empty space

Upending a basic tenet of classical physics, researchers have found that heat energy can travel through a vacuum thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: energy heat quantum-physics science-and-technology vacuum

Congress and climate news spark oil company ads

When climate change is in the news or a focus of Congress, oil companies spend more money on advertising, new research shows.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change energy business journalism advertising money united-states government earth-and-environment

This school shape gives swimming fish an energy burst

Fish swimming in schools use less energy and move faster than those that swim alone. But school shape matters, too.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Nov. 4, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: energy fish swimming science-and-technology speed

To offset drought, retrofit older power plants

A retrofit for some older power plants could mitigate the surprisingly large impact of drought on their capacity.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
March 27, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change energy water temperature earth-and-environment laws droughts

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