Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fisker Boondoggle to Cost Taxpayers $180 Million

Talk about clean-energy boondoggles. Here’s the latest one from the Obama administration. Electric hybrid car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. is now on the verge of bankruptcy and owes the U.S. government more than $180 million – which would be the … Continue reading

Posted in POLITICS

Discovery yields supertough, strong nanofibers | Kurzweil AI

University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers have developed a structural nanofiber that is both strong and tough, a discovery that could transform everything from airplanes and bridges to body armor and bicycles. “Whatever is made of composites can benefit from our … Continue reading

Posted in Super Materials

America Needs a Solar Panel on Every Roof | Take Part

The biggest news in solar power is the mainstreaming of distributed generation. Call it a suburban dream, version 2.0: a chicken in every backyard, an electric vehicle in every garage, and a solar panel on every roof. Americans want more … Continue reading

Posted in Solar

The Limits of the Earth — Part 2: Expanding the Limits | Kurzweil AI

This is part two of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth.  Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against. Part two, here, looks at the ultimate size … Continue reading

Posted in DEBATE

Super-nanotubes: ‘remarkable’ spray-on coating combines carbon nanotubes with ceramic | Kurzweil AI

A spray-on mixture of carbon nanotubes and ceramic that has unprecedented ability to resist damage while absorbing laser light has been demonstrated by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Kansas State University. Coatings that absorb … Continue reading

Posted in Super Materials

New Micro-Batteries Outperform Supercapacitors | Kurzweil AI

New microbatteries developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, out-power even the best supercapacitors and could drive new applications in radio communications and compact electronics. “This is a whole new way to think about batteries,”  said William … Continue reading

Posted in Batteries

Limits of The Earth: Part 1: The Problems | Kurzweil AI

This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against. Part two, on the ultimate size of the … Continue reading

Posted in DEBATE