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Lilium: The first electrical vertical take-off and landing plane

May 23rd, 2016 at 5:04 pm » Comments Off

There will soon be a personal craft that can take off and land vertically. It will be electric and seat two people, and is the starting point for what is hoped will be a generation of environmentally friendly and quiet planes. CEO Daniel Wiegand is wanting the plane to be suitable for daily use as an airport […]



Powerwall is Tesla’s new idea for harnessing and storing green energy

May 19th, 2016 at 1:12 pm » Comments Off

Powerwall will harness energy from renewable sources and make it available for household use or make it available on a distributed grid . The battery would store energy when demand is low and release it during peak periods when energy supplied by large power stations is expensive.



6.3 million liters of drinkable seawater made per day by scientists in India

May 16th, 2016 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

A new filtration method has allowed scientists in India to make potable water from seawater. 6.3 million litres made by using waste steam from a nuclear reactor to purify the water. The filtration methods also filter out arsenic and uranium from groundwater.  



Taxi drones take flight

May 9th, 2016 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

The world’s first certified Multicoptor, e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, premiered manned flights in Karlsruhe, Germany. Volocopter is designed to be a personal aerial vehicle, so easy and safe to fly, that anyone can do it. And due to its electric propulsion it has no tailpipe emissions and is remarkably quiet.



Self driving cars will change how we use transportation

April 28th, 2016 at 7:54 am » Comments Off

Self driving cars will probably lead to steep decline in fossil fuels, personal ownership, and accidents. These vehicles will pick you up, drop you off, and go to wherever it’s needed next. In 2014 an estimated 2.926 billion miles were traveled. During that year 32,675 people lost their lives and many more were injured. Around […]



Transparent wood is the new glass

April 22nd, 2016 at 11:47 am » Comments Off

Wood, an inexpensive and renewable resource, has many applications. Including building materials for high rises, bicycles, and foam insulation. Recently researchers developed transparent wood for potential use in windows, and solar cells, providing a cheaper alternative to silica-based glass. Led by Prof. Lars Berglund at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, researchers chemically remove lignin from natural […]



Skyfarms, Wind-powered, vertical structures, are the future of agriculture

April 15th, 2016 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

The future of farming is coming to the big city. Skyfarm, a hyperboloid tower that combines different farming techniques, from aquaponics to traditional soil based methods, in a bamboo structure that generates wind energy, won an award at the 2014 World Architecture Festival’s Future Projects Experimental category. The design was praised by the jury as a “thorough, […]



Bill Gates to back waterless toilet that will revolutionize global sanitation

March 25th, 2016 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, researchers from Cranfield University may have a viable contender - the Nano Membrane Toilet. It was funded by the Gates Foundation in September 2012 for $710,000.



RMIT University researchers say self-cleaning clothes are on the way

March 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being developed by RMIT University researchers, people could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine. The researchers have been working on self-cleaning textiles by growing nanostructures on textiles. When exposed to light, they release a burst of energy that then degrades organic matter.



Japan’s first electric car without a battery

March 23rd, 2016 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Toyohashi University of Technology and Taisei Corp unveiled the first electrical car in the world that will run without a battery. The electric car will receive its charge from an electrified road.



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