That Smell of French Fries Is from the Engines, Not the Guy in Seat 36B

Mention "biofuel" and the average American driver will likely only think of a car that perpetually smells of Burger King. But, these fuels are making quick inroads to the aviation industry—both Alaska and United Airlines have announced today that some flights' fuel supplies include non-petroleum alternatives. » 11/07/11 10:40pm 11/07/11 10:40pm

Australian Student Invents Cheap Solar Using Nail Polish and a Pizza…

An Australian PhD student has found a cheap way to make solar cells with nail polish, a pizza oven and an ink jet printer. 23-year-old Nicole Kuepper's invention, named iJET, doesn't require the pricey clean rooms and high-temperature ovens of traditional solar panel manufacturing plants, thus dramatically lowering… » 8/23/08 10:00am 8/23/08 10:00am

Afternoon News: NYPD Gets Scooters, Aussies Get PS3s, China Gets Wiis


• The NYPD will test electric scooters next month. NYPD Blue? More like NYPD Green! (Please, hold your applause.)[Newsday]
• Can't find a Wii near you? Try China, apparently they have them coming out the yin yang. They are pre-modded to play American games, too. [CrunchGear]
• Down Under Dealzmodo: Australians buying… » 12/26/07 4:00pm 12/26/07 4:00pm

Wave Farming for Power is Going Commercial in California

California's Pacific Gas & Electric has signed an agreement with Finavera Renewables to supply 2 megawatts of electricity that will be generated by a "wave farm" set 2.5 miles off the coast near Humboldt County. This move is expected to offset 245 tons of carbon dioxide annually. At the heart of the project will be… » 12/18/07 7:40pm 12/18/07 7:40pm

Street Lights in India Powered By Poop

Yes, you read it correctly: The street lights in the Indian town of Thiruneermalai are run on digested curry. As National Geographic describes it, the human waste from an area housing complex collects in a sump, where the methane gas produced by the "sludge" is used to operate a generator. This biogas produces 3,000… » 12/11/07 4:20pm 12/11/07 4:20pm

Obama Would Make Chief Technology Officer a Cabinet-Level Position

In preparation for his visit to Google headquarters today, presidential candidate Barack Obama released a nine-page statement outlining his plan to improve technology (if elected). His first order of business would be to appoint a Chief Technology Officer, a new government official who makes sure Obama's ideas are put… » 11/14/07 4:15pm 11/14/07 4:15pm