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Renewable energy takes a page from Bitcoin

December 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

Bitcoin is one of the most revolutionary ideas to come out of the tech world. A whole new form of currency was created from nothing, but people are now using it to buy everything from coffee to electronics.



Justin Lin’s “The World of ‘The Jetsons,’ Reimagined”

December 2nd, 2016 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

  Arconic (NYSE: ARNC), a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing company, launched a global campaign about the next world-changing innovations in the sky, on the road and in our cities–and how Arconic might help bring those technologies to life.



$86,000 solar-powered tiny home rotates to face the sun

November 18th, 2016 at 1:17 pm » Comments Off

More homeowners are investing in solar panels as a more environmentally (and budget) friendly energy source. But solar panels work best when the sun shines directly on them, which means they’re only working at their full potential for one or two hours of the day.



Cities Are Making Parking (and Cars) Obsolete

November 1st, 2016 at 6:28 am » Comments Off

As the global population becomes increasingly urbanized, city leaders will have to find ways to prepare for the influx of people—and their cars.



Wall-Crawling Robots Could Weave A Room For You

August 19th, 2016 at 7:17 am » Comments Off

Last May, researchers at ICD Stuttgart revealed the Elytra Filament Pavilion—a vast, carbon fiber structure woven with the industrial arm of a modified Kuka robot. Now, in a thesis project led by Maria Yablonina, the same lab has managed to shrink the scale, from massive industrial-line robots, to a pair of drones that can crawl up your wall […]



Moscow Hyperloop is about to launch

July 20th, 2016 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

A new transportation system that could take commuters around Moscow at speeds of up to 1,200kph is in the works. Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov says a pilot Hyperloop project could begin in December.



3-D print hair, brushes, and fur

July 5th, 2016 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

MIT researchers have invented a radical pixel-mapping printing technique by bypassing computer-aided design (CAD) software. They have quickly and efficiently modeled and printed thousands of hair-like structures.



Car-free neighborhood redesigns suburbia

June 25th, 2016 at 9:30 am » Comments Off

It’s possible that some people might own a car in a new neighborhood designed for Mannheim, Germany. But they won’t be able to drive up to their doors: The entire neighborhood is car-free, with parking hidden underground.



The longest, deepest rail tunnel on Earth just opened

June 6th, 2016 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

After 17 years of construction, the Gotthard Base Tunnel has opened. It’s a 35-mile high-speed rail connection beneath the Swiss Alps and is now the longest transit tunnel in the world. You better believe that Hyperloop engineers are paying attention.



China to test ‘Straddle Bus’

May 26th, 2016 at 3:28 pm » Comments Off

If you’ve ever imagined yourself driving a monster truck over rush hour traffic, there might be a real job for you some day as a straddle bus driver.



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