Astronauts Can Power Their Bodies and Their Spacecrafts With Pee

Astronauts have been able to drink their own (treated and filtered) urine for years, but thanks to a new technique, scientists have managed to squeeze one more benefit out of an inevitable byproduct. Now, astronauts can use their urine to keep both their bodies and their spaceships running smooth. Read More >>

Petrol-Sniffing Spider Forces Mazda into Recall and Real-World Bug-Fix

A bizarre case of spider infestation has forced car-maker Mazda to recall 42,000 Mazda 6 models for a software update, one designed to counteract the fact that a certain variety of spider is drawn to the smell of petrol and enjoys nesting in its fuel tank vent line. Read More >>

Scientists Have Created Bio-Rocket Fuel

For those of you concerned that rockets, jet fighters and the like aren't environmentally friendly, some good news: scientists have worked out how to use bacteria to create rocket fuel. Read More >>

Smog is Forcing France to Rethink its Love of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city's cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France's long love affair with diesel-powered vehicles—an affair the country will probably have to end, or at least modify, to prevent further smog emergencies. Read More >>

LaCie's Fuel Tank is Filled With 1TB of Wireless Storage

Even if you've splurged on the most capacious smartphone or tablet you can find, at one point you're still going to run out of storage space. And in lieu of constantly swapping tiny memory cards, LaCie's new Fuel offers a full terabyte of storage that's available to your mobile devices via a direct wireless connection. Read More >>

What Causes Spontaneous Combustion?

Most of us experience combustion, a chemical process where a fuel combines with oxygen to produce heat and light, in the form of a fire where both the fuel and ignition source are well known. Read More >>

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Gene Pool Nearly Enhanced as Smoking Petrol Thief Sets Himself on Fire

A man supposedly stealing petrol from cars while smoking has, you guessed it, set himself on fire, with the fireball also torching several parked cars. It's hard to tell exactly what's happening in the CCTV clip, but local news stations in Australia claim the man was found burned, busted by police and charged with arson. [YouTube via Metro] Read More >>

An RC Car That Runs On Water Is a Positively Charged Step

In 2008 Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies and Corgi International released the H2GO and now they're updating it. As with the previous model, you pour water into the refuelling station and it is electrolysed (split into hydrogen and oxygen) by power from a solar panel. The high energy hydrogen is directed into the car and converted to electricity to run it. On a cloudy day you can also use a USB charging cable to electrolyse the water. Read More >>

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This Eternal Flame Burns as a Result of Natural Fracking

This is a light that never goes out: An eternal flame, hidden behind a waterfall in Erie county, New York, which is a result of natural gas seeping out from underground rocks. Read More >>

Gorilla Glass an Unlikely Weapon in the Battle to Increase Car Economy

Corning's Gorilla Glass, which has been toughening up mobile displays for the last few years, may soon find its ways into cars. As it's so tough it allows car manufacturers to use thinner layers, reducing overall weight and perhaps adding a few percentage points to fuel consumption averages. Read More >>

Universally Accessible Energy Will Be Worth The Cost

Millions of people live without access to electricity or modern fuel for cooking and heating, but the problem can seem too daunting to tackle. How much would it cost to bring rural communities or countries with limited infrastructure onto the grid?
According to new research it would cost at least $65 billion a year from now until 2030, which is sort of a lot, but not really given that this amount totals only three to four percent of international energy investments right now. The study factors in the cost of implementing "green" or clean-combusting cooking fuels, but notes that the environmental impact of this expansion would be negligible even if everyone adopted fossil fuels for cooking. Read More >>

There's Gross Alternative Fuel Just Hanging Out in the Sewers

Everybody knows about using oil as a fuel source, but London is putting a new spin on the concept. Soon the city will be mining its own sewers to bring up glorious globs of old cooking grease and melting them down into fuel. Delicious. Read More >>

Crazy/Genius Aussie is Trying to Fly Back to the Motherland in a Plastic-Powered Cessna

Come summer, one of the best targets for some good old-fashioned British whinging is always air travel -- the discomfort, the long queues, the freakishly cheery staff. But I promise you, no matter how much you might want to gripe, your journey won't suck nearly as bad as this guy, who's trying to fly from Australia to Britain, in a Cessna, using the contents of a landfill as fuel. Right. Read More >>

What Happens When You Put Aeroplane Fuel In a Normal Car?

It just happened at a gas station in New Jersey: cars got filled with kerosene after a delivery tank truck mistakenly filled one of the pumps deposits with aeroplane fuel. So what happened next? Did the cars explode in flames? Did they run faster? Read More >>

These Guys Got Inside the Fuel Tank Labyrinth of a 747 Jumbo Plane

A Boeing 747 can carry 48,445 gallons (183,380 liters) of fuel in a labyrinth of tanks so large that people can actually walk and crawl inside them. Can't believe it? Just watch. Read More >>

Watch This Tiny Aerogel Boat Run For Almost an Hour On a Minuscule Drop of Ethanol

It doesn't exactly herald a new era of fossil-fuel free transportation, but this experiment showing a tiny aerogel boat zipping along for almost an hour on a drop of ethanol could lead to new ways of thinking about boat propulsion. Read More >>


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