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Drink that! An edible water orb

August 15th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Using reverse spherification, a biotech researcher in Bengaluru is making edible water orbs. Bengaluru-based biotechnology researcher Richard Gomes, who has created an “edible water orb” from natural materials, has a modest disclaimer: the technique used by his team is not unique or even particularly new; it’s used in many biotech labs to hold delicate cells […]



Cell-sized robots can sense their environment

August 4th, 2018 at 9:33 am » Comments Off

Made of electronic circuits coupled to minute particles, the devices could flow through intestines or pipelines to detect problems. Researchers at MIT have created what may be the smallest robots yet that can sense their environment, store data, and even carry out computational tasks. These devices, which are about the size of a human egg […]



Will Lockheed Martin change the world with its new fusion reactor?

August 1st, 2018 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

TEXAS, USA – JUNE 21: A F-35 fighter jet is seen as Turkey takes delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet with a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin in Forth Worth, Texas, United States on June 21, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Lockheed Martin’s secretive Skunkworks laboratory registered a patent in March for […]



A new flow battery prototype aims to store vast amounts of renewable power for the grid

August 1st, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

This ‘flow battery’ could power green homes when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing. With solar and wind electricity prices plunging, the hunt is on for cheap batteries to store all this power for use around the clock. Now, researchers have made an advance with a flow battery, the type of battery […]



Making opaque materials totally transparent

July 28th, 2018 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Most naturally occurring materials have a disordered atomic structure that interferes with the propagation of both sound and electromagnetic waves. When the waves come into contact with these materials, they bounce around and disperse – and their energy dissipates according to a highly complex interference pattern, diminishing in intensity. That means it’s virtually impossible to […]



These living solar cells make energy, even in bad weather

July 24th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

When it comes to generating energy from sunlight, unusual solutions have been shown to make the process more efficient. Now, a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) has demonstrated how solar cells made of living organisms can generate energy even with limited sunlight. Known as “biogenic” solar cells, these cells could […]



This lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years

July 20th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

Mosa Meat has raised a round of venture capital and plans of bringing $10 burgers (without any cows involved) to tables by 2018. This lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years When the Dutch stem-cell researcher Mark Post unveiled the first lab-grown burger in 2013–handmade fiber-by-fiber from cow cells in petri dishes–he announced […]



Flying trains could be coming your way

July 15th, 2018 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

French firm has designed an airplane with removable wings. It’s presenting plane to Boeing, Asia to cut Europe dependence. It sounds like something Q, the tech guy in James Bond movies, would create: A plane that lands on a runway, shrugs its wings off, turns into a train and rolls on to rails to drop […]



Where 3 million electric batteries will go when they retire

July 3rd, 2018 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

GM, Toyota and BYD are part of a potential $550 billion industry. The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and […]



Toronto pay-what-you-can store aims to tackle landfills and hunger

June 30th, 2018 at 9:13 am » Comments Off

Initiative aims to reduce dumping of ‘waste’ and sell it at prices set by buyers. In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything […]



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