• Is It a Car or an iPad? Tesla Model S Teardown

    Everyone knows that Tesla Motors Inc. doesn’t do things the same way as other automakers. However, the company’s unique approach to automaking runs far deeper than the Model S’s electric drivetrain, battery packs and futuristic body.

  • Qualcom to Buy CSR for $2.5 billion

    Qualcomm Inc. says it plans to acquire British chipmaker CSR for $2.5 billion. This acquisition positions San Diego-based Qualcomm to expand its capabilities in the Internet of Everything and automotive infotainment by adding channels, customers and products, according to a Qualcomm press release.

  • Tesla Plans California Battery-swap Station

    Tesla says the first of its battery-swapping stations will be erected by the end of 2014 at yet-to-be-determined location between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For at least $50, customers will be able to trade-in a drained or low-charged battery for a fully charged one.

  • Jiaozhou Bay Bridge Opens in China

    China opened the Jiaozhou Bay bridge opened to traffic on October 16. The bridge is 26.4 miles long and ranks among the world’s longest. It links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to Huangdao island.

  • BYOD Advances with Cautious Steps

    Companies continue to wrestle with how best to manage technology and productivity, the Internet of Things and related bring-your-own-device (BYOD) issues.

  • Carbon Nanotube Light Source Could Cut Power Consumption

    Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a type of energy-efficient flat light source based on carbon nanotubes with power consumption of around 0.1 Watt for every hour's operation, about a hundred times lower than that of an LED.

  • In-Wheel Motors: The 19th Century Technology That's Thoroughly Modern

    In-wheel motors are nothing new. The earliest U.S. patent dates back to 1884 and detailed an in-wheel electric motor for locomotives. The concept was further developed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900 when he introduced a wheel hub motor for an electric car dubbed the Lohner Porsche.

  • New DOE Rules to Focus on Energy Use in Federal Buildings

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measuring energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design.

  • Smart Lithium-ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

    Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives warning before it overheats and ignite. The technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries.

  • World Bank Launches Global Infrastructure Initiative

    The World Bank launched the Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF) on October 9 in an effort to bring together governments, development institutions and private investors to form public-private partnerships for $1 trillion in infrastructure needs over the next six years.

  • Cheniere LNG Project Receives FERC Staff OK on Environment

    Staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) on October 8 for the Cheniere liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas and concluded that impacts would be avoided or minimized and would not be significant.

  • Google Leaps Into Quantum Computing

    As the technology of computing has evolved, the limitations of “classical” computers have grown more apparent. Many problems are so unwieldy they would take several times the age of the universe to solve. It’s becoming increasingly clear that more processing isn’t enough.

  • NIST Quantum Probe Enhances Electric Field Measurements

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the International System of Units (SI).

  • Solar PV Installations Lifted by Demand in China and the U.S.

    Global photovoltaic (PV) solar installations will rise to 45.4 gigawatts (GW) in 2014, with 32% of this total, or 14.4 GW, coming in the fourth quarter, according to IHS Technology.

  • Addressing the Stranded Light Hydrocarbon Problem

    Exploitation of shale formations has produced an abundance of natural gas and natural gas liquids that are significantly lowering the economic value of ethane.

  • Can Thermoelectric Generators Compete Against Solar Photovoltaics?

    Long before James Watt perfected his steam engine in 1776, people had been trying to convert heat into usable power. In today’s electricity-powered world, that generally is achieved by using steam or gas-fired turbines and attached generators.

  • Energy Department’s APRA-E Launches Two New Programs

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced two new programs.

  • Three Trends Shaping the Human-Machine Interface

    As manufacturing and extraction industries worldwide become more complex and increasingly automated, the efficacy of human machine interfaces (HMI), the portals through which operators exchange data with networks, becomes more significant.

  • Volvo Debuts 450-hp Four-cylinder Engine

    Swedish automaker Volvo introduced its High Performance Drive-E concept powertrain on September 7. The small two-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 450 horsepower (hp) with the help of three turbochargers. The engine represents an improvement on the original Drive-E engine revealed last year,

  • Imaging Innovation Could Detect Acoustically Invisible Cracks

    The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.