'Third World' power outages plague US homes, firms

The United States is the biggest economy in the world, but all it takes to put the lights out here is some snow, or wind, or rain, or squirrels, even a prison break-out.

No-battery lantern uses water and salt for light

(Phys.org)—From young science students taking their cups and metals to the lab, to older inventors demonstrating their prototypes, it is no secret that salt water can be utilized as a conductor of electricity. Japan's Green ...

Toshiba plans rollout of entire-home battery system

(Phys.org)—Japan's residents well know the difficulties of power outages; unsurprisingly, efforts toward smarter solutions for backup power options are top priority for R&D at companies like Toshiba. The company plans to ...

Robots designed to inspect power lines

(PhysOrg.com) -- Overhead transmission lines traverse thousands of kilometers, often crossing remote areas. Inspecting the often ageing lines and the vegetation near them is an important aspect of maintenance, but it can ...

Satellite reveals new views of earth at night

(Phys.org)—Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

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