Scientists Figured Out a Way to Help Power Homes with Toilet Flushes

A team of researchers in South Korea have a pretty exciting new idea for hydroelectricity. They figured out a way to turn the mechanical energy from flowing water into a sustainable energy source. In other words, your toilet flushes could help power your home. Read More >>

Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of graphene. No big fires, no greenhouse gases, no fuss. They created energy with just a miracle material and one of the most plentiful substances on Earth. Read More >>

The Cool Promise of Machines That Run on Body Heat

The human body at rest radiates 100 watts of heat—heat that does nothing other than make crowded rooms stuffy. But body heat can be converted to electricity, and new technology is always improving the process. With the rise of wearables, the body heat-powered device becomes an ever more tantalising promise. Read More >>

Wind Power in CRISIS as David Cameron Plans Attack on "Unsightly" Onshore Turbines

The modern electric windmill industry might be about to suffer an enormous setback, thanks to rumours that our PM is about to go public with a dislike of "unsightly" wind farms and could fight the 2015 election on a promise to rid the country of the menace of the turbines altogether. Read More >>

Why is My Laptop On?

"Why is my laptop on?" does not seem like a complex question. But when I tried to answer it this week—to really answer it—I realised that I only kind of understood energy pretty well. Read More >>

Moss-Covered Table Uses Photosynthesis to Power an FM Radio

As an electricity source, what could be greener than plants? That's the idea behind this rig, the world's first system that powers an FM radio using nothing more than the photosynthetic powers of moss. And creators Fabienne Felder and Dr. Paolo Bombelli are just getting started. Read More >>

Pomegranate-Inspired Batteries Hold 10x the Juice

A team of Stanford scientists recently made a breakthrough. After years of trying to create a new generation of lithium-ion batteries that use energy-efficient silicon to hold a charge, they found the secret to the winning design in an unlikely place: pomegranates. Read More >>

How Does the Human Body Create Electricity?

The human body is just a bunch of humble biological compounds, strung together to form cells and, ultimately, you. So how exactly does it create electricity? Good question! Read More >>

Scientists Say They Can Provide Infinite Power by Harnessing Vibrations

Well, this sounds promising. A team from Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research say they can efficiently harvest enough electricity from low frequency vibrations to power small electronic devices. Read More >>

There is Technically No Such Thing as an Electric Eel

There are, however, electric fish: eight-foot long, 600 volt, mouth-breathing, alligator-killing fish. Read More >>

Sellafield Nuclear Power Staff Stay at Home Over Radiation Worries

Sellafield, the UK's historic seat of nuclear power, is currently operating at reduced staff levels, after safety systems spotted a rogue rise in external radiation readings. It probably won't explode and plunge the country into a nuclear crisis, but it might be wise to panic-buy a few extra loaves of bread today just in case. Read More >>

A Pilgrimage to the Buried Electrical Network Outside Los Angeles

On our way back from CES, Gizmodo took a detour into the desert to explore a particularly bizarre aspect of the region's electrical infrastructure, the so-called Coyote Dry Lake Return Electrode. Read More >>

Hoover Dam is a Super-Gadget That Keeps the Lights in Vegas Burning

Perhaps one of the ironies of CES, hosted here in Las Vegas, is that the largest and perhaps most spectacular gadget we could all be covering is nearly 80 years old, weighs 6.6 million tonnes, and supplies most of the electricity fuelling the devices on display at the trade show. Read More >>

Milton Keynes, City of the Future, Launches Wireless Inductive Charging for Buses

The electric buses of Milton Keynes will soon be able to trundle about town all day on a single charge, thanks to the arrival of inductive charging pads that allow drivers to top up a vehicle's battery during stops. Read More >>

Scientists Unearth the Truth Behind Ultra-Creepy Earthquake Lights

Have you ever heard of "earthquake lights"? I've spent a good chunk of my life in shake-happy coastal California and this phenomenon is news to me—but, for centuries, people have reported seeing a wide variety of illuminations just slightly before and during major tremblers. The origin of these glows have consistently baffled scientists—and no doubt freaked the hell out of eyewitnesses—but a new study seems to have found an explanation (one that doesn't involve supernatural forces). Read More >>

Plant Cells "Talk" With Electric Signals, Too

A particular detail has always stuck with me from The BFG, Roald Dahl's dark as hell children's book that's actually about giants snatching kids from their bedrooms. The one good, non kid eating giant tells his friend about superhuman hearing: "if I is twisting the stem of the flower till it breaks, then the plant is screaming. I can hear it screaming and screaming very clear." Read More >>


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