Scientists around the world are working to crack fusion power, and MIT's reactor recently set a new world record for plasma pressure. Bill Nye the Science Guy is getting into the energy game by backing a revolutionary solar company that could cut the cost of photovoltaics by 60 percent. Researchers in the UK transmitted data across a national electricity grid for the first time, marking a big step forward for smart grids. The Los Alamos National Laboratory found a way to scale up quantum dot solar window technology, and Egypt's first solar-powered village rose from the desert in Bahariya Oasis.
A giant farm has risen in the Australian desert, and it's able to grow 17,000 tons of vegetables a year with nothing more than seawater and sunshine. In other design and technology news, the Jellyfish Lodge is a self-sufficient floating house that purifies polluted waterways while growing healthy food. A new wind-powered gadget called the Water Seer can pull 11 gallons of drinking water from thin air every day. The world's first "space nation" is preparing to launch a satellite that will help protect earth from asteroids. And CuteCircuit has developed a "Sound Shirt" that allows deaf people to feel classical music.