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Smart thermostats are taking over Las Vegas, and that's a good thing

Amtrak to roll out high-efficiency trains with regenerative braking (video)

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Some of us look at electric trains as efficient transportation almost by definition, but that's not entirely true when they consume a lot of power and give little back. Amtrak is about to strike a better balance now that it's close to receiving the first of 70 high-efficiency Siemens...
Amtrak to roll out high-efficiency trains with regenerative braking (video)

Researchers create super-efficient microbial fuel cell, dream of selling excess electricity

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Recycling wastewater to generate energy has turned up noses before, but researchers at Oregon State University have developed a microbial fuel cell that can create 10 to 50, or even 100 times more electricity per volume than similar technologies. After refining the tech for several years using new materials,...
Researchers create super-efficient microbial fuel cell, dream of selling excess electricity
Tesla improves Supercharger network to decrease charge times, details ambitious expansion

eBay covers Utah data center roof with solar panels

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Internet e-commerce company eBay has covered the roof of its data center (called Topaz) in Utah with solar panels. The project is eBay’s largest solar installation to date at 665 kilowatts, which is slightly bigger than the solar installation at its headquarters in San Jose, and over 6 times the size...
eBay covers Utah data center roof with solar panels

Tesla's solar powered super chargers hit the east coast

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California isn’t the only state that’s getting access to Tesla’s solar-powered electric car chargers that can charge a Model S car in 30 minutes. According to the New York Times last week, Tesla has installed chargers at two spots on the East Coast, in Milford, Conn., and Wilmington, Del., enabling a...
Tesla's solar powered super chargers hit the east coast
Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid boasts 770 horsepower, gets 78 miles per gallon

US Navy to fund development of vehicle-mounted, drone-shooting lasers

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Lasers, particularly those that set boats ablaze and incinerate incoming missiles, have long been on the Navy's mind. Today, the Office of Naval Research revealed its latest energy weapon craving: vehicle-mounted lasers that shoot down drones. Dubbed Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-The-Move, the project is offering private outfits...
US Navy to fund development of vehicle-mounted, drone-shooting lasers
“World-record” battery could mean cheaper, longer-range electric cars are coming soon

A safer next-gen battery is used with solar panels for the first time

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The unnerving capability of lithium ion batteries to catch on fire emerged as headline news last month, as Boeing was forced to ground its futuristic 787 Dreamliner FLEET after two batteries caught on fire. But the next generation of lithium ion batteries are promising to be safer, and a few...
A safer next-gen battery is used with solar panels for the first time
Facebook developing low-powered emergency backup system in new 'Sub-Zero' building

Apple datacenter's fuel cells to be fully ready in November

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Apple's upcoming fuel cell system for its Maiden, North Carolina datacenter should be ready just before the end of the year, according to new details. A filing mid-week at the North Carolina Utilities Commission has shown that the first fuel cell system will be ready in June, with all six...
Apple datacenter's fuel cells to be fully ready in November
Greenlancer: disaggregating the construction industry via crowdsourcing and cloud technologies
Amazon Man Questions Logic of Apple Solar Farm

SolarCity scores first utility deal, and why that's important

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SolarCity, which started as a residential solar installer and is planning a $201 million IPO, has now jumped into building solar panel farms for utilities. The company announced on Thursday a deal to build a 14 MW project for Hawaiian utility Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative. The project is unusual because...
SolarCity scores first utility deal, and why that's important

Google X acquires kite-power start-up Makani

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The research unit's "focus on real atoms, not bits" is expanding to include the start-up's work on tethered flying wings that are designed to generate 600 kilowatts of power. [Read more]...
Google X acquires kite-power start-up Makani

Want a better/greener/more agile data center? Use the data.

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Job one of someone operating a data center is keeping it online. At the Structure Data event in New York City, three women responsible in some way for keeping the data centers of Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and Facebook online discussed how they gathered the info needed to prepare their data...
Want a better/greener/more agile data center? Use the data.
AMD-owned SeaMicro begins producing high-density Piledriver and Ivy Bridge servers

Guinness World Record: The largest ever LED light picture is created using 1 million lights

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Guinness may be best known for the black gold created at its Dublin brewery, but it has also carved a niche for itself in the world record stakes, helping to verify anything from the world’s fastest birds, to the longest finger nails. The latest world record to emerge from its...
Guinness World Record: The largest ever LED light picture is created using 1 million lights
Meet the company building AOL's micro data centers

From the archive, 8 March 1926: Long-distance small talk across the Atlantic

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Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 8 March 1926EditorialThe nature of the first talk, carried out with complete audibility by wireless telephone yesterday, between British and American journalists will do quite as much as can the staggering figures supplied by the experts about the heights of aerials and the...
From the archive, 8 March 1926: Long-distance small talk across the Atlantic

What eBay's bet on fuel cells means for the modern data center

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When the VP responsible for provisioning and consolidating eBay’s data centers, Dean Nelson, went to Utah to evaluate the locale as a site for eBay’s next mega data center project, he was mostly happy. It offered tax incentives, low latency for serving eBay’s customers, and the right work force. But...
What eBay's bet on fuel cells means for the modern data center

Facebook to backup its servers with low-power storage devices at 'Sub-Zero' data center

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Data backups come in all shapes and sizes. For some, they take the form of external hard drives or a slice of the amorphous cloud. As for Facebook, its upcoming solution is low-power deep-storage hardware contained within a 62,000 square-foot building in Prineville, Oregon near its existing Beaver State...
Facebook to backup its servers with low-power storage devices at 'Sub-Zero' data center

Microsoft to build a biogas-fueled data plant, keeps DeLorean dreams alive

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Leave it to Microsoft to power its cloud services with a very different kind of cloud -- a smellier, gaseous one. The computing giant is investing $5.5 million in research and development to see if it can use the biogas from the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne,...
Microsoft to build a biogas-fueled data plant, keeps DeLorean dreams alive

Google X acquires Makani Power, an airborne wind turbine manufacturer

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Larry Page just picked up another bird for his flying craft collection, and this plane doesn't even carry passengers. In fact, it's not used for transportation at all -- the aircraft is tethered to the ground. Google X, the tech giant's experimental arm, recently acquired the device's designer, Makani...
Google X acquires Makani Power, an airborne wind turbine manufacturer
World's first petaflop supercomputer obsolete after 5 years, to be decommissioned
The fuel cell that turns poop into power

Facebook roundup: shares close at $19.05, Instagram deal progresses, Oregon data center to be expanded and more

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Facebook shares sink further – Facebook shares closed at $19.05 today, dropping more than 4 percent as the lock-out period ended and large investors were able to begin selling their shares. The number of shares available for trading increased 60 percent on Thursday, which led the stock to fall 6.3...
Facebook roundup: shares close at $19.05, Instagram deal progresses, Oregon data center to be expanded and more
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