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How Solar-Based Microgrids Could Bring Power to Millions

Millions of the world's poorest lack power. Microgrids could be a clean-energy solution.

Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars

It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.

Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices

Imprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery.

Thermoelectric Material to Hit Market Later This Year

A California-based company is commercializing an abundant, naturally occurring material that can turn waste heat into power.

Energy Demands of Networked Devices Skyrocket

As the Internet of things grows to encompass billions of devices, its power usage will require novel technologies for improving efficiency.

Beijing Wants to Understand Its Smog

New effort would pinpoint the source, type, and dispersal patterns of smog across Beijing to drive street-level predictions and targeted remediation.

How to Clean the Gas and Oil Industries’ Most Contaminated Water

A new process can cheaply clean extremely briny water coming up from oil wells.

Two-Bladed Wind Turbines Make a Comeback

Wind-turbine designers are warming up to an alternative to the three-bladed rotors that have been an industry standard for the past quarter century.

Weed’s Chronic Energy Use Becomes a Concern

Researchers are discovering ways to grow marijuana more efficiently.

A Slump in Nuclear Construction Could Have Climate Consequences

At the current rate of construction, there won’t be enough nuclear plants worldwide to meet critical carbon emissions targets.

Sharp Demonstrates Ultra-Efficient Solar Cells

New technology could be twice as efficient at converting sunlight to electricity.