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Teenager solves car blind spots using a webcam and projector

November 13th, 2019 at 1:09 pm » Comments Off

It’s a relatively cheap and remarkably effective fix. As every cyclist knows, the blind spots caused by a car’s roof pillars can be extremely dangerous. Although companies are working on various high-tech solutions for this problem, a 14-year-old from Pennsylvania has taken a more low-tech approach to create an ingenious fix for the issue. Alaina […]



What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology?

November 4th, 2019 at 2:06 pm » Comments Off

Detail from The Fountain of Youth (1546) by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Courtesy Wikipedia Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment – both intellectual and financial – by philosophers, scientists and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be […]



Scientists have figured out a way to turn heat into electricity using magnets!

October 1st, 2019 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

  Researchers all across the world are looking for ways to harness heat that otherwise would’ve been lost. They’ve put together ingenious solutions to trap atmospheric warmth and turn it into power when the Sun goes down and solar energy cannot be harnessed. However now, scientists have figured out a method to convert heat into […]



Thermoelectric generator harvests renewable energy from the cold of space

September 24th, 2019 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The thermoelectric generator uses a black aluminum disk to radiate heat into the atmosphere, and a polystyrene enclosure to keep the air inside warm.Aaswath Raman  As effective as solar panels are, one of their major downsides is that they only produce power during the day, so excess energy needs to be stored for use overnight. […]



Is Thorium the fuel of the future to revitalize nuclear?

September 4th, 2019 at 2:32 am » Comments Off

Nuclear energy produces carbon-free electricity, and the United States has used nuclear energy for decades to generate baseline power. Nuclear energy, however, carries a dreaded stigma. After disasters such as Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukishima, the public is acutely aware of the potential, though misguided, dangers of nuclear energy. The cost of nuclear generation […]



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