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Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

December 11th, 2018 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Company called Energy Vault has an agreement to build a pilot tower in India in 2019. A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. Energy Vault A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, […]



Gamification: The key to making cyber learning addictive

November 30th, 2018 at 5:32 am » Comments Off

How many times have you endured a dry-as-dust PowerPoint presentation or clicked through a tired e-learning course only to realize, despite hours of ‘teaching,’ you remember virtually nothing? It’s easy to blame yourself when this happens; you may feel guilty or even harbor doubts about your ability to retain knowledge. Don’t. There’s a good chance […]



There’s new evidence giving cash to the poor is more transformative than we thought

November 27th, 2018 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

When it comes to poverty alleviation in the developing world, cash transfer schemes have been at the center of a difficult debate. For years, donor agencies and governments were urged to integrate the poor into their economies by providing them with a basic amount of cash. Yet those programs have been dogged by controversies, with […]



Bioprinting: How 3d printing is changing medicine

November 24th, 2018 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off


World-first: Bio-bricks made from urine

November 23rd, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

The world’s first bio-brick made using human urine was unveiled at UCT this week. In picture are (from left) the Department of Civil Engineering’s Dr Dyllon Randall and his students, Vukheta Mukhari and Suzanne Lambert. The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in […]



Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

November 10th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone. Hossein Rahnama knows a CEO of a major financial company who wants to live on after he’s dead, and Rahnama thinks he can help him do it. Rahnama is creating a digital avatar for the […]



Is anti-gravity real? Science is about to find out

November 4th, 2018 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

The warping of spacetime, in the General Relativistic picture, by gravitational masses is what causes the gravitational force. It is assumed, but not experimentally verified, that antimatter masses will behave the same as matter masses in a gravitational field.LIGO/T. PYLE One of the most astonishing facts about science is how universally applicable the laws of […]



’Venus Flytrap’ spheres catch and destroy BPA

November 1st, 2018 at 4:26 am » Comments Off

Scientists have created micron-sized spheres built to catch and destroy bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to make plastics. BPA is commonly used to coat the insides of food cans, bottle tops, and water supply lines, and was once a component of baby bottles. While BPA that seeps into food and drink is considered […]



120-kW wireless charging proves 97% efficient

October 29th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

High power wireless charging efficiency reaches 97%. The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) upgraded its previous 20 kW wireless charging system to 120 kW, and through a new design and a silicon carbide power electronic device, it was able to achieve 97% efficiency.



This bizarre-looking font helps you remember what you read

October 27th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

The half-finished letters are designed to make us more engaged with what we’re reading, which increases memory retention. Could the shape of the words also shape your ability to remember them? MIT Cramming for exams, learning new languages, and remembering your to-do list can be tough — but a team of Australian researchers think they […]



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