ARPA-E is modeled after DARPA and financing one groundbreaking energy innovation after another. Arun Majumdar, the agency's director, talks about some of the projects it's funding, from biofuels grown on electrodes to air conditioners that crush current efficiency standards.
ARPA-E is the U.S. Department of Energy program that awards grants to "moonshot" green technologies. The latest round goes to offbeat ideas like cryogenic carbon capture, nano-magnets, and some very large kites.
Apple grabbed the exclusive rights this week for amorphous, non-crystalline metal alloys owned by Liquidmetal Technologies as part of what is presumably a plan to make even stronger, lighter electronic devices. But Apple doesn't own metal.