A team of UD faculty has created a system that enables vehicles to not only run on electricity alone, but also to generate revenue by storing and providing electricity for utilities. The technology—known as V2G, for vehicle-to-grid—lets electricity flow from the car’s battery to power lines and back.When the car is in the V2G setting, the battery’s charge goes up or down depending on the needs of the grid operator, which sometimes must store surplus power and other times requires extra power to respond to surges in usage. The ability of the V2G car’s battery to act like a sponge provides a solution for utilities, which pay millions to generating stations that help balance the grid. Kempton estimates the value for utilities could be up to $4,000 a year for the service, part of which could be paid to drivers.
Whether we should be exploring technologies that make electricity cheaper is another question. However if it accelerates adoption of electric cars it may be a plus
Those of you that read our article in The Age (Melbourne, Australia – see our download page) this month will know that we have the view that handheld devices are going to mainly replace the personal computer and the laptop – here is more evidence from Intel about what developments are occurring
The Energy Watch Group has released its oil report. We do not warrant the veracity of the report but they present a very different view than the International Energy Agency and if they are right we are heading to a very different world.
A multidisciplinary team of UCLA scientists were able to differentiate metastatic cancer cells from normal cells in patient samples using leading-edge nanotechnology that measures the softness of the cells.
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a plastic pad that allows electronic devices placed on it to communicate with each other. This communications sheet could provide a more secure and lower-energy alternative to short-range wireless communications, such as Bluetooth
Toshiba will begin shipping in March a quick-charging new battery for forklifts, construction machinery and other industrial use, the electronics maker said Tuesday.
Toshiba Corp.’s Super Charge ion Battery, or SCiB, can recharge to 90 percent of its full capacity in less than five minutes and has a life cycle of more than 10 years, Toshiba spokeswoman Hiroko Mochida said.
Toshiba, a newcomer in rechargeable batteries, said the new lithium-ion battery will eventually be used in hybrid and electric cars
One of the most difficult feats to accomplish with today’s anticancer therapies is getting drug into the oxygen- and nutrient-deprived cores of solid tumors. These inaccessible regions may be the source of drug-resistant tumors that can recur years after a patient has completed therapy. One type of cell, however, seems to be able to penetrate the tumor mass, and in fact, these cells, known as macrophages, can account for up to 70 percent of the tumor mass in malignancies such as breast cancer. Unfortunately, these tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) promote rather than impede tumor progression and foster metastasis. In a case of turning the tables on these TAMs, a team of investigators led by Susan Clare, M.D., Ph.D., has developed methods for loading gold nanoshells into precursor cells known as monocytes, which turn into macrophages in the tumor environment. The monocytes, in essence, become nanoparticle-loaded Trojan horses. Once inside the tumor core, the gold nanoshells can be activated using near-infrared light, turning them into miniature thermal scalpels that kill tumors from the inside out.
THE Commonwealth Bank has joined the race to allow shoppers to buy anything from snacks to sports tickets with just a flash of their mobile phone. The CBA is vying with the National Australia Bank to be among the first Australian financial services firms to offer so-called near field communication (NFC) contactless payment technology to its customers.
BUSINESSES are discovering real-world things to do with Web 2.0 interactive technology, such as the virtual world, Second Life. Westpac, for example, has just completed a three-month trial of the 3D online digital world created by its residents.
As you sink into your post-Christmas meal coma, the name of an amino acid might pop into your mind: tryptophan, a molecule found in high levels in turkey that’s known to induce drowsiness. While scientists say that the tryptophan in turkey is probably not the source of holiday fatigue, a possible new role for tryptophan has recently been uncovered. It appears to affect our sense of trust
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 — Flush with petrodollars, oil-producing countries have embarked on a global shopping spree…..
Experts estimate that oil-rich nations have a $4 trillion cache of petrodollar investments around the world. And with oil prices likely to remain in the stratosphere, that number could increase rapidly.
In 2000, OPEC countries earned $243 billion from oil exports, according to Cambridge Energy Research Associates. For all of 2007 the estimate was more than $688 billion, but that did not include the last two months of price spikes.
Credit flowing to American companies is drying up at a pace not seen in decades, threatening the creation of jobs and the expansion of businesses, while intensifying worries that the economy may be headed for recession.
I was in a Dymock’s book store yesterday and along with the adhesive bandages (avoiding brand names) that have pictures of cowboys or animals on them they have a series with pictures of Jesus on them. That is just weird
Today London’s Westminster City council launched a toilet-finding service to help relieve visitor’s bloated bladders and prevent public urination. Apparently, the problem is quite serious in London’s West End, where something in the neighborhood of 10,000 gallons of urine ends up in the streets each year. When a user texts “toilet” (at a cost of 50 cents) the service will pinpoint their location by measuring the strength of the phone signal. It will then guide the user to one of 40 public toilets entered into the system thus far. Another example of ubiquitous information and hand held devices changing the way we live
Can glorified glow lamps stop blackouts and slash energy costs? Manhattan-based ConsumerPowerline thinks so. This winter, about a thousand participants in the company’s energy-conservation program will receive small plug-in boxes that glow red when power demand peaks, urging them to turn off space heaters, defer dishwasher runs, or otherwise save electricity. Energy suppliers respond to spikes in demand by gearing up extra production capacity. That can be so expensive that many utilities are willing to pay to promote conservation during periods of peak use. ConsumerPowerline pays apartment complexes, companies, and institutions to conserve on cue
Modstream is a dynamic text based advertising system that delivers short text based ads to shopping trolleys via a wireless system. Because it is a text based system instead of video it is lower costa nd seasier to maintain. The messages can be changed to suit hourly or daily specials making the system very adaptable. Just one of the many changes where information flows are going to change how companies deal with their customers
Orlando, FL - November 5, 2007 - Humacyte announced today that data presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions demonstrates the longevity and durability of acellular arterial bypass grafts. Company scientists, working with researchers at Eastern Carolina Heart Institute, showed the potential for the naturally-derived vascular devices to provide a commercially viable solution for patients requiring vascular replacement or vascular access
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore announced Monday he’s joining Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firm to guide investments that help combat global warming.
I guess that means he really isn’t going to run for President
Big auto makers revving up efforts to electrify automobiles are taking shots at each others’ strategies, in a style more familiar to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs than the auto industry’s usually circumspect leaders.
The argument surfacing among auto-industry leaders gathering for the Tokyo Motor Show this week is over whether it is time to skip past partial electrification of cars — represented by gasoline-electric hybrids such as the Toyota Prius — and push instead to revive the idea of an all-electric car.
Angela Belcher leans in to watch as a machine presses down slowly on the plunger of a syringe, injecting a billion harmless viruses into a clear liquid. Instead of diffusing into the solution as they escape the needle, the viruses cling together, forming a wispy white fiber that’s several centimeters long and about as strong as a strand of nylon. A graduate student, Chung-Yi Chiang, fishes it out with a pair of tweezers. Then he holds it up to an ultraviolet light, and the fiber begins to glow bright red.In producing this novel fiber, the researchers have demonstrated a completely new way of making nanomaterials, one that uses viruses as microscopic building blocks
Researchers have created plants that kill insects by disrupting their gene expression. The crops, which initiate a gene-silencing response called RNA interference, are a step beyond existing genetically modified crops that produce toxic proteins. Because the new crops target particular genes in particular insects, some researchers suggest that they will be safer and less likely to have unintended effects than other genetically modified plants.
The Smart Cities group at the MIT Media Lab is working on two low-cost electric vehicles that it hopes will revolutionize mass transit and help alleviate pollution. Next week, the group will unveil a prototype of its foldable electric scooter at the EICMA Motorcycle Show, in Milan. A prototype for the team’s foldable electric car, called the City Car, is slated to follow next year.
Researchers have developed a low-cost, low-power computer memory that could put terabyte-sized thumb drives in consumers’ pockets within a few years.
Thanks to a new technique for manipulating charged copper particles at the molecular scale, researchers at Arizona State University say their memory is, bit-for-bit, one-tenth the cost of — and 1,000 times as energy-efficient as — flash memory, the predominant memory technology in iPhones and other mobile devices.
Sunday gives busy people the resources of a 24/7 personal assistant, available via telephone and Internet, at a fraction of the cost of other options.As a request-based service, Sunday offers advantages over traditional hourly or fully dedicated personal assistant options - primarily that members have the freedom to send in quick tasks as they come up.
Conceived by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) in 2002, Fab Labs – short for fabrication laboratories – support the burgeoning field of “personal manufacturing” by providing non-technical laity as well as engineers with access to the tools and knowledge necessary to create products that satisfy their individual needs
Harvard University engineers have built a laser that could allow researchers to peer into cells with ultrahigh resolution and watch cellular events as they happen. By adding nano antennae to infrared lasers, the researchers have made it possible to focus the light much more tightly. Indeed, the lasers could lead to imaging with at least 100 times greater resolution
California energy regulators Thursday adopted a target that all homes built after 2020 produce at least as much energy as they consume to reduce demand for electricity and cut pollution tied to power generation.
A Pentagon-chartered report urges the United States to take the lead in developing space platforms capable of capturing sunlight and beaming electrical power to Earth.Space-based solar power, according to the report, has the potential to help the United States stave off climate change and avoid future conflicts over oil by harnessing the Sun’s power to provide an essentially inexhaustible supply of clean energy.
With about 2.1 billion airline passengers flying each year, there is a high risk of another major epidemic such as Aids, Sars or Ebola fever. The WHO urges increased efforts to combat disease outbreaks, and sharing of virus data to help develop vaccines. Without this, it says, there could be devastating impacts on the global economy and international security. In the report, A Safer Future, the WHO says new diseases are emerging at the “historically unprecedented” rate of one per year.
Suburban sprawl is an often-overlooked cause of climate change, a group of urban planning researchers said yesterday, warning in a report that global warming can be slowed only by changing development patterns to reduce the need for Americans to get behind the wheel. Living in more compact, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods actually would do more to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide - the chief climate-changing gas - than driving a hybrid car while staying in a typically spread-out suburb, the report asserts
In Washington these days, people talk a lot about the collapse of the bipartisan foreign policy consensus that existed during the Cold War. But however bitter today’s disputes are about Iraq or the prosecution of the so-called global war on terrorism, there is one bedrock assumption about foreign policy that remains truly bipartisan: The United States will remain the sole superpower, and the guarantor of international security and global trade, for the foreseeable future. This article examines this assumption from a historical perspective
IF IT ever seems windy where you live, be thankful that you do not live ten kilometres (six miles) up in the air. At that height the jet-stream winds are stronger and blow more consistently than ground-level winds, and they carry up to a hundred times more energy. So just as oil companies are drilling deeper and in more remote locations in search of new reserves, pioneer wind-power engineers are looking higher in the sky for new sources of energy
Solar power has long been the Mercedes-Benz of the renewable energy industry: sleek, quiet, low-maintenance. The outlook for solar, though, is getting much brighter. A few dozen companies say advances in technology will let them halve the price of solar-panel installations in as little as three years. By 2014, solar-system prices will be competitive with conventional electricity when energy savings are figured in, Deutsche Bank (DB) says. And that’s without government incentives.
Imagine a work world with no commute, no corporate headquarters and perhaps not even an office in the physical world at all. For Bob Flavin, a computer scientist at IBM; Janet Hoffman, an executive at a management consulting firm; and Joseph Jaffe, a marketing entrepreneur, the future is already here
By 2030, or by 2050 at the latest, will a super-smart artificial intelligence decide to keep humans around as pets? Will it instead choose to turn the entire Earth, including the messy organic bits like us, into computronium? Or is there a third alternative? These are questions being asked by people who believe in the Singularity – read on…
Researchers at MIT have developed a leg exoskeleton capable of carrying an 80-pound load without the use of motors. According to its developers, the prototype can support 80 percent of this weight while using less than one-thousandth of a percent of the power used by its motorized equivalents.
The agony of quitting smoking is all too familiar: a repeated cycle of determination and then dwindling resolve, peppered with trials of nicotine gum, patches, and even medication. Some people find success with drugs, such as bupropion (trade name Zyban), an antidepressant commonly prescribed for smoking cessation. But for others, counseling and other strategies seem much more useful than medication. New research suggests that genetic testing could quickly distinguish which smokers would benefit from bupropion
Waterwerkz beverage vending uses pouches to mix drinks in situ—offering freshly made drinks for consumers and vastly reduced restocking and maintenance for machine owners and operators. The design results in decreased stocking, storage and transportation costs associated with vending machines and the system boasts the lowest “food mile” rating of any vended packaged cold drink. Moreover, just-in-time flash chilling reduces energy consumption by as much as 80% compared to what’s required to refrigerate beverages in traditional vending machines. (from www.springwise.com )
Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have developed nanowires capable of storing computer data for 100,000 years and retrieving that data a thousand times faster than existing portable memory devices such as Flash memory and micro-drives, all using less power and space than current memory technologies.