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Climate change could blunt tech's travel culture

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change summarizes the growing consequences of global warming -- rising sea levels and threats to health, food supplies, water resources and species.

Solar achieves price parity in Europe

Power generated through solar power now costs the same as conventionally generated electricity in three European countries, according to a new report.

Researchers explore growing solar panels from bacteria

MIT researchers have taken the first steps toward creating solar panels from living material by combining bacteria with nonliving materials such as gold that can conduct electricity and emit light.

Intel puts its energy into smart grid development

Intel is putting its energy into the development of smart grid standards and monitoring systems in Germany, with company executives announcing a number of initiatives at the Cebit trade show Monday.

Scientists achieve nuclear fusion with giant laser

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Wednesday said they've achieved a first: A nuclear fusion system has produced more energy than it initially absorbed

Iceland taps the ultimate renewable energy source: Earth's magma

Boring thousands of meters into the ground, Icelanders broke through to the magma layer, uncovering a vast ocean of lava that is now being used to produce steam power.

Presto! Want a bigger bedroom? You need a robotic house

The UCLA has a graduate-level program focused on teaching architects how to design intelligent robotic buildings. These buildings would be able to change their configuration to adapt to their owners' needs.

Facebook puts 10,000 Blu-ray discs in low-power storage system

If you thought Netflix and iTunes would make optical discs a thing of the past, think again. Facebook has built a storage system from 10,000 Blu-ray discs that holds a petabyte of data and is highly energy-efficient, the company said.

HP envisions the holistic data center

Hewlett-Packard has launched a set of services designed to help organizations manage their data centers more efficiently, using the principles of DCIM (data center infrastructure management).

Many consumers in the dark about Jan.1 start of light bulb phase out

A survey has revealed that 60% of consumers are unaware that on Jan. 1, 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs will join 75W and 100W incandescent bulbs in being phased out of existence. And, other bulbs will soon follow.

Looming disasters, and other tech predictions, for 2014 and beyond

More than most years, 2013 might be remembered for some ominous predictions of doom for the earth and its inhabitants. Here are some of the biggest (and smallest) predictions for next year and beyond.

Transparent solar cells could turn windows into generators

Oxford University researchers are floating the idea of using semi-transparent solar cells embedded in windows to generate electricity in high-rise office buildings.

Microsoft sees huge potential in fuel cells

Microsoft is investigating the use of fuel cells to power data centers, arguing in a paper released Tuesday that its studies find it a technology with much potential.

Cray acquires Gnodal research staff and IP in Europe

Supercomputer maker Cray has hired the founders and key engineers of Gnodal who will be working to develop new technology.

Mysterious barges in Maine and San Francisco ignite Google rumors

Speculation that had been growing about mysterious barges harbored on both sides of the U.S. is exploding.

Delft University wins World Solar Challenge car race

A team from Delft University in the The Netherlands won the World Solar Challenge, a biennial cross-Australia race that puts solar cars up against harsh driving conditions.

Dutch lead as World Solar Challenge car race ends day two

A team from Holland's Delft University is leading the world's toughest solar car race at the end of its second day.

Intel, TSO Logic join to expand app-level energy management

Intel has partnered with startup TSO Logic in a move that should give more companies tools to track how much power their server applications consume.

Intel will offer 'Broadwell' SOC to battle Calxeda, AMD

Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips.

Seven things you need to know about hardware disposal

From the first day that you plug in a new piece of IT hardware, the clock starts ticking toward the day when it will be pulled out of service.