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Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough to Power all of its US Stores

It takes a lot of energy to keep the lights on as you greedily pile cheap kitchen dongles and weird cookies into that blue bag, which is why Ikea is making a push to offset its total energy consumption by 2020. This week, it took a big step towards doing so by buying a wind farm in Illinois. Read More >>

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Handheld Jet Thrusters Make Any Sport Instantly Extreme

Now that rechargeable battery technologies have developed past the point of being abysmal, they've allowed a company called Dreamscience to create this set of handheld electric jet thrusters that make everything from snowboarding to rollerblading infinitely more awesome. Read More >>

batteries
Bio-Organic Battery and Charger Combo Can Fully Charge in 30 Seconds

This video, which half the people on the internet seem to think is a fake, hopefully demonstrates the battery tech of the future. It's a bio-organic system that uses a battery full of 2.1 nanometer crystals to... make a phone work. Read More >>

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HTC One M8 Relegated to Last Place as Benchmarking Nerd War Turns Nasty

HTC's claim that its gaming of the benchmarking system is actually a feature of the HTC One M8 has been laughed at by the makers of the 3Dmark tool, with the M8 accused of cheating and dumped to last place in the tables. Which, in the packed world of Android, means the HTC powerhouse is now around 1,000th position in the performance charts. Read More >>

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Facebook App Blamed for Nuking iPhone Batteries

A former Apple, ahem, Genius, claims to have devoted "years" of his life to solving the issue of poor battery life on iOS devices, a problem that appeared to become more widespread with the arrival of iOS 7.1. His hypothesis? It's mostly Facebook's fault. Read More >>

electricity
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 >>

batteries
Use Your Favourite USB Keyboard on Your Phone With This Backup Battery

It can be hard to choose a backup battery when the market is as flooded as the market for Bluetooth speakers and iPhone cases. Manufacturers are now finding ways to include added value with their emergency power supplies, like Cerevo's new EneBrick that can turn your favourite USB keyboard into a wireless Bluetooth accessory for your tablet or smartphone. Read More >>

research
Some Men Really are as Stupid as They Look

Researchers have found that it's possible to guesstimate how clever or stupid a man may be by looking at his face, with a fairly strong correlation existing between how intelligent a man appears to be and his actual brain power. But the same doesn't work for the more mysterious faces of the ladies. Read More >>

power
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 >>

power
The Tallest Wind Turbine Ever Will Float Above Alaska

304 metres off the ground, the wind blows brisk and uninterrupted. But how do you build such a tall, thin beam to support a turbine's blades? You don't—you float the generator in a giant helium balloon. The world's first floating commercial wind turbine will soon be hovering over Fairbanks, Alaska. Read More >>

energy
A Quick Guide to Sounding Smart When You Talk About Energy

In 2014, we're constantly hearing words like clean energy, solar power, fossil fuels, carbon emissions, the price of oil, and fracking. And if you're like me, you know what some of those words mean but you're hazy on others. Read More >>

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BlackBerry Can't Stop Rubbishing Rivals, This Time Calling iPhone Users "Wall Huggers"

Wall huggers? What kind of rubbish insult is that? It's the new disparaging method BB CEO John Chen uses to slag off iPhone users, due to the fact they're always searching for unguarded plug sockets when out and about to charge up Apple's paltry batteries. The inference being BlackBerrys have better batteries. Shame they are worse at everything else, though, John. [Berry Review] Read More >>

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Fukushima Could Make Japan a Leader in Nuclear Cleanup Tech

The idea that a nuclear disaster could actually drive innovation is definitely a new way to look at Japan's ongoing Fukushima debacle. But a new report from the AP does just that, suggesting that the long-term cleanup effort that Japan now faces will make it a world leader in decommissioning nuclear plants. Read More >>

science
Colour Solar Panels Let Stained Glass Windows Produce Cheap Power

Because solar panels are designed to accumulate as much light from the sun as possible, they're typically very dark in color. It makes them more efficient, but also kind of an eyesore, minimising their adoption. So researchers at the University of Michigan have developed what they believe to be the world's first semi-transparent, colored solar panels. Read More >>

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The World's Largest Solar Plant is Killing Birds With Concentrated Heat

The world's largest solar plant is awesome—unless you're a bird like the one in this image published by the corporation BrightSource Energy. This bird flew over the plant and was killed by its deadly heat levels, which can reach 573 degrees Celcius. Apparently, this was expected. Read More >>

science
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 >>

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