The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will award up to $122 million to create a Fuels form Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub led by the California Institute of Technology. The Hub’s goal is to develop ways to convert solar energy into chemical fuels and scale the technology for commercial use.
The project is in part inspired by the way plants produce energy, and will use artificial… → Read More
[photopress:power_block.jpg,full,center] My apartment isn’t messy overall, but I several “hotspots,” like this charming bundle of cables on the floor. Disgusting. Gadgets like the Powerblock try to hide such cables messes, though it’s not the most attractive solution. (That would be an all-wireless setup, which is impossible.) Good idea that’s much appreciated, but… → Read More
About a month ago, I received an e-mail from a PR guy asking me if I’d like to try the Clear2O Water Pitcher, a Brita-style water filter for your fridge. Having just moved into a new apartment sans Brita, I jumped on the opportunity and requested a unit. Then on Monday of this week, a package came. I opened it up and lo and behold, it was the Clear2O. → Read More
The Germans have invented what is supposedly the world’s first backpack-mounted laser cleaner. Clearly there was a need for such high-powered cleaners. There’s no real explanation of how the laser cleans, but we can assume that it burns away layers of dirt. Probably not for use by children under three years of age, or any of us here, really. The laser will make the rounds in the UK in… → Read More