Scientists at CalTech are developing a technique that converts water, air, and sunlight into different kinds of fuel that could power everything from car engines to fuel cells in cell phones. It sounds almost too good to be true.
Back in February 2010, Bloom Energy hit the news in a big way with its mysterious fuel-cell "Boxes" tech powering tech giants like Amazon. Now it's trying a new thing with "Electrons," selling its clean energy to customers without them needing to buy hardware.
Sometimes, basic science funded by the military is a bit out there. Researchers are subjecting fruit flies to "virtual reality tunnels," which the Air Force thinks might help inspire insect-sized military vehicles.