The research unit's "focus on real atoms, not bits" is expanding to include the startup's work on tethered flying wings that are designed to generate 600 kilowatts of power.
Startup Makani Power has nearly completed testing on a 30-kilowatt prototype wind turbine designed to capture high-altitude winds either onshore or offshore.
The cutting-edge balloons that Google built for its Wi-Fi broadcasting will be able to travel around the world three times, or for 100 days.
When it comes to figuring out how to keep Project Loon's Internet-broadcasting balloons from popping in the stratosphere, it all comes down to vast amounts of data.
A regulatory filing shows that the Web giant has acquired 16 companies so far this year for a colossal sum of $1.31 billion.
The search giant wants to give everyone on earth Internet access, and it has a high-flying idea for how to accomplish it.
The hulking but hush-hush project, "personally directed" by co-founder Sergey Brin, is going to be a showroom for Google's special projects and products, according to CBS' San Francisco affiliate.
Startup Makani Power clears its first hurdles in building a radically different wind turbine that flies like a kite and captures high-altitude winds.
Wind startup tests a prototype airborne wind turbine that uses a helium-filled shell to lift a small wind turbine into stronger and steady winds at higher altitudes.
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