Stories by Lucas Mearian

Organs may someday be printed inside people

LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- Today, much of the research around 3D bioprinting tissue and organs revolves around laying down enough cells in an abiotic substrate outside a living body, so they can culture and then be implanted where needed.

How astronauts 3D printed a wrench they needed in space

There's a major supply chain issue in space.

Patent trolls may be preparing to target 3D printing

LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- While patent litigation has been on the rise for a number of years, it hasn't been between competing companies but from patent trolls who seek to buy up patent portfolios in order to sue industry players for infringement.

Review: Formlabs Form 1+ 3D printer offers mind-blowing precision (video)

The Formlabs Form 1+ 3D printer ($3,299) is elegant in its simplicity, and more capable of producing accurate models with detailed intricacy than any other 3D printer I've reviewed.

CenturyLink's new data center runs on water

Communications and data services provider CenturyLink has opened a new data center that gets 85% of its power from nearby dams.

GE 3D prints a working RC jet engine

General Electric this week revealed that it has completed a multi-year project to print a working jet engine.

Could Tesla Energy's batteries blow up Elon Musk's company?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to risky but successful ventures. He's helped found companies such as PayPal and other leading edge tech firms, including an aerospace manufacturer to help colonize Mars.

The first self-driving 18-wheeler hits the highways

Daimler Trucks this week unveiled what it said is the world's first licensed 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer that can drive itself.

MIT says solar power fields with trillions of watts of capacity are on the way

A massive study on solar power by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came to two main conclusions: Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting the planet's long-term energy needs while reducing greenhouse gasses and federal and state governments must do more to promote its development.

Can Elon Musk's battery really cut your power lines?

To eliminate the world's dependency on fossil fuel-generated power, all you need is two billion of Tesla's new commercial-grade battery systems.

Tesla announces gigawatt-scaling commercial battery and a home battery system for $3,500

Tesla Motors last night announced a new line of commercial and residential-grade batteries for storing electricity on site and to supplement power from the grid.

Review: The Aircharge Wireless Charging Case for the iPhone 6 is hard to resist

When I bought my iPhone 6 earlier this year, I also purchased a simple, transparent case to protect it; the case cost me $35.

Think your spouse is needy? Your car is going to catch up soon.

Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, will grow from a $2.4 billion business today to $102 billion in 2030, according to a new report.

Without batteries like Tesla's, the power grid could eventually break

As the number of solar panels on business and home rooftops multiply, America's power grid is bearing an electrical load that it was never designed to handle: the bidirectional power transfer.

10M pieces of wireless charging furniture to sell by 2017

Ikea's recently announced wireless charging line of furniture is expected to jumpstart a trend that will amount to 10 million sticks of high-tech furniture sold in just two years, according to a new report.