QOTD: Are All These Turbocharged Cars Going to Last?

Many people out there buy cars to last five, ten, or fifteen years, and they’ll be severely disappointed that “turbocharger” now joins the list of expensive “one day” replacements, along with timing belt, transmission, fuel or water pumps

Unlimited Free Solar Power?

This trajectory seems to be following Swanson's Law, named for Richard Swanson, the founder of U.S. solar-cell manufacturer SunPower. Swanson suggested that the cost of the photovoltaic cells falls by 20 percent with each doubling of global manufacturing

Amazing Advancement in Photovoltaics

Yesterday, Popular Mechanics announced it's Breakthrough Awards. While they were all fascinating, one of the most remarkable was an invention by Alan Heeger. A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a

Mars, life, the White House, and rumors

Yeah, well, you know how I feel about Mars and rumors (or any space-based rumors in general). This one smells like baloney to me. OK, snark mode off. Basically, one instrument on Phoenix found a chemical that precludes organic life from having existed on

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The Triumph of Technology

To coincide with this year's Reith Lectures, entitled the Triumph of Technology, You and Yours asked what has been the most significant technological innovation since 1800. From the hundreds of listeners' nominations and together with our five experts

WHAT'S NEW IN PROCESS TECHNOLOGY MAY 2015

An easy starting point to establish if there is an air Typically a fridge dryer will add 3% to system running costs and a desiccant dryer between 6 WHAT'S NEW IN PROCESS TECHNOLOGY - MAY 2015 8 and 15% dependent on the type. Due to the costs associated