A Spoonful of This New Material Can Suck Up a Whole Roomful of Oxygen

A team of scientists in Denmark just invented a crystalline material that can absorb oxygen with astounding efficiency. How astounding? Well, a single spoonful of the stuff can suck all of the oxygen out of a room. The best part is that it can release it again with just a little bit of heat. Say goodbye to bulky… » 9/30/14 1:20pm 9/30/14 1:20pm

Water Vapor Will Be the Only Emission From Toyota's New Fuel Cell Car

Electric-only cars might be envogue right now, but Toyota is pursuing another eco-friendly alternative to gasoline engines with its FCV concept. The company is now claiming the vehicle will be available sometime in 2015—at least if you live in California where (hopefully) hydrogen refill stations will be plentiful by… » 1/06/14 4:00pm 1/06/14 4:00pm

The Army's Got a Fuel Cell That Runs on Corn Husks and Old Bullets

The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) in Middletown, Iowa has an overabundance of two things: corn waste and excess energetics—leftover explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics and such. But using a new ethanol-based fuel cell developed by nanoMaterials Discovery Corp (nMDC) will transform these waste materials into… » 6/13/13 11:30am 6/13/13 11:30am

Nectar Fuel Cell Charger Confirms the Sad Truth: Batteries Are Still…

One day fuel cells may very well be a cheap source of power for all of our electronics. But that day isn't here yet, and from the looks of things, isn't arriving anytime soon. A company called Lilliputian Systems has hooked up with Brookstone to create another fuel cell charger called the Nectar that promises to fully… » 1/08/13 12:16pm 1/08/13 12:16pm

Sugar-Powered Fuel Cells Could Recharge Inside Your Body

The limited capabilities of batteries are the bane of all gadgets, but they're particularly problematic for devices designed to be implanted into humans where simply plugging in a charging cable is impractical. So MIT researchers have nearly perfected a new type of fuel cell that's powered by glucose instead. » 6/14/12 2:40pm 6/14/12 2:40pm

Power Gadgets Using Nothing But Water (Oh, and PowerTrekk's Fuel Cell…

Dangerously, PowerTrekk hasn't revealed the price of its portable fuel cell/battery back combo charger, but if it's fair I might just have to scoop one up for my next camping trip. Let's hope I never get into the difficult quandary of deciding what to do with my last tablespoon of water—power my gadgets up, or drink… » 2/14/11 3:40am 2/14/11 3:40am