Planes Will Start Running on Biofuels From Fallen Trees in Two Years

Now here's some welcome innovation in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will be using biofuel on several of its flights by 2016, purchasing the blended fuel from a Colorado company that salvages "140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock" per year—fallen timber from local forests that… » 9/24/14 4:10pm 9/24/14 4:10pm

This City-Sized Gas Plant Has The Next Big Idea To Save The Planet

Nine billion tons of things you buy get to your hands via trucks. Most structures are put up by cranes and bulldozers. All those vehicles run on diesel, and at the Pearl Plant in Qatar, Shell is cooking up an alternative fuel that could drop directly in those engines, making them immediately more efficient and more… » 7/08/14 2:17pm 7/08/14 2:17pm

Astronauts Can Power Their Bodies and Their Spacecrafts With Pee

Astronauts have been able to drink their own (treated and filtered) urine for years, but thanks to a new technique, scientists have managed to squeeze one more benefit out of an inevitable byproduct. Now, astronauts can use their urine to keep both their bodies and their spaceships running smooth. » 4/11/14 11:00am 4/11/14 11:00am

Smog is Forcing France to Rethink its Love of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city's cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France's… » 3/20/14 6:40pm 3/20/14 6:40pm

LaCie's Fuel Tank Is Filled With 1TB of Wireless Storage, Not Gasoline

Even if you've splurged on the most capacious smartphone or tablet you can find, at one point you're still going to run out of storage space. And in lieu of constantly swapping tiny memory cards, LaCie's new Fuel offers a full terabyte of storage that's available to your mobile devices via a direct wireless connection. » 1/05/14 7:00pm 1/05/14 7:00pm

What Biofuel Is (And Where It Comes From)

Cars didn't always run on gasoline. Henry Ford envisioned his Model T's puttering along with tanks fully of ethanol. Early diesel engines ran on peanut oil. Of course, the discovery of massive petroleum reserves at the turn of the 20th century quickly put the brakes on that notion—why bother creating biofuel when… » 6/12/13 4:00pm 6/12/13 4:00pm