A new design for lithium-ion batteries could dramatically reduce charging times. (Credit: buffaloboy/Shutterstock) Forget the 10 hours it can take to charge your Tesla Model X. A new battery, created by researchers at Penn State, can complete a charge in as little as 10 minutes. Described in a report published today in Joule, the […]

The slower ships go, the less they pollute Shipowners say they are trying to cut their heavy-polluting industry’s impact on the environment by using cleaner energy—but some have stalled over limiting the speed of ships. Led by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the industry is considering several options to replace […]

Australians have a phobia of sitting in traffic and not finding a car park. Shutterstock The technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is progressing rapidly, but have we really thought through how they’ll work in reality? In its report on AVs in Australia, Austroads (the association of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies) […]

A pod of narwhals (Monodon monoceros) in central Baffin Bay. Narwhals are the most vulnerable animals to increased ship traffic in the Arctic during September. Credit: Kristin Laidre/ NOAA/OAR/OER Most Americans associate fall with football and raking leaves, but in the Arctic this season is about ice. Every year, floating […]