Ever Wonder...What's in a Watt?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Just flick a switch and let there be light (or boiled water, or Blu-ray, or a night’s charge for your smartphone):  A lifestyle that would have seemed like magic to many people even 100 years ago is now something we pretty much take for granted. In all your daily hustle (and... more

Can Pond Scum Save the World

Friday, April 8, 2011

In labs around the world, plastic bags of green water are quietly basking in sunlight. The water’s filled with what’s commonly known as ‘pond scum’. Its official name is green algae- a tiny, unicellular organism found in ponds, rivers and oceans worldwide. It looks slimy,... more

Smart Grid Could Be Perfect 164th Birthday Present for Edison

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thomas Edison, whose 164th birthday is today, began the electrical age in New York City in 1882 when he turned on electric lights in 58 houses. Within years, his electricity grid had grown to send electricity to thousands, and was the model that we use today to send power to billions worldwide... more


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