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This crazy DIY contraption shoots rainbow-colored flames

The Backyard Scientist is at it again, this time shooting pillars of six flames of various shades into the air.

By July 21, 2015


The scent of a comet: Rotten eggs and pee

The Rosetta spacecraft's mass spectrometers have been sniffing out the various aromas of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

By October 26, 2014


Methanol Institute onboard with Open Fuel Standard Act

The Methanol Institute supports the introduction of the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 (H.R. 1687) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

By May 6, 2011


Two weeks of smartphone charging in your pocket

Brookstone will carry a portable fuel cell USB charger from Lilliputian Systems able to deliver extended hours of charge time for smartphones and other electronics.

By May 8, 2012


Microbe helps convert solar power to liquid fuel

By pairing biology and photovoltaics, a new "electrofuel" system could build alternative fuels.

By March 30, 2012


Want better EV range? Hitch it to a fuel cell

Startup Oorja Protonics has developed a methanol fuel cell to give battery-powered forklifts a lift and it's planning to apply the same hybrid approach in fleet vehicles.

By January 26, 2012


A hybrid solar panel to make hydrogen

Duke researcher combines solar collector with methanol to make hydrogen which could be used to make electricity in homes for on-site electricity.

By August 11, 2011


Methanol fuel cells for gadgets gain steam

Direct Methanol Fuel Cell is working with Samsung on methanol cartridges for small electronics chargers while Toshiba introduces its own methanol fuel cell in Japan.

By November 2, 2009


'Solar fuel' research mimics photosynthesis

Caltech's Nate Lewis says "Fuels from Sunlight" research lab is making progress creating fuel from water and sunlight with "no bugs and no wires."

By April 11, 2011


Energy Dept. wants more info on fuel cells

The agency offers $74 million to labs doing research and development, as well as cost analysis projects. Will that be enough to reassure Energy Secretary Steven Chu?

By December 23, 2010