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Tarzan the swinging robot could be the future of farming

May 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Some farmers already use drones to monitor their crops, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech have created a far more interesting alternative. Instead of designing yet another drone, they created a robot inspired by Kristen Bell’s favorite animal: the sloth. However, they named it “Tarzan” after the most recognizable character who moves by swinging from vine […]



Scientists tweak seat cushion material to clean oil spills

March 19th, 2017 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

Federal researchers have created a new tool to clean up oil spills by tinkering with the kind of foam found in seat cushions. The modified foam can soak up oil floating on water and lurking below the surface, and then can be repeatedly wrung out and reused, the researchers say. It “just bounces back like […]



Ikea just launched a DIY flat-pack indoor garden that can feed a whole lot of people at once

March 10th, 2017 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, to design a piece of living furniture that can feed quite a few people, from the looks of it. Called the Growroom, it’s a flat-pack spherical garden that grows plants, veggies, and herbs. “Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow […]



Fiber-reinforced hydrogel is 5 times stronger than steel

March 3rd, 2017 at 2:09 pm » Comments Off

Hydrogels have shown significant potential in everything from wound dressings to soft robots, but their applications have been limited from their lack of toughness – until now. A team of scientists at Hokkaido University have developed a new set of hydrogel composites or “fiber-reinforced soft composites” that combine hydrogels with woven fiber fabric to create […]



Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020′

February 16th, 2017 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “game changers” that could […]



Shell to start installing electric vehicle chargers at its gas stations

February 16th, 2017 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

In a future where the world’s car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream brought in by people stopping for gas but buying something at the convenience store.



Solar employs more workers than coal, oil and natural gas combined

February 14th, 2017 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report. 6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and the energy efficiency sector, which added more than 300,000 net new jobs in 2016, or 14 percent of the nation’s […]



Fewer car owners and more driverless vehicles in future

January 16th, 2017 at 6:17 pm » Comments Off

Half of today’s car owners will not want to own a vehicle and more and more will want self-driving and electric cars in future, a survey of car manufacturing bosses has found. As fewer people see the need to buy a car, a majority of automotive executives believe the industry will increasingly focus on making money […]



China spends over $500 billion to expand high-speed rail

January 9th, 2017 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

China is planning some serious upgrades to its public transportation system in the next few years. By 2020, the country hopes to have increased its high-speed railway coverage by 18,650 miles. The project will cost an estimated 3.5 trillion yuan, or about $503 billion USD. Not only will the population be more mobile, but the rails will significantly cut […]



World’s first solar panel road opened in France

January 3rd, 2017 at 2:51 pm » Comments Off

At this rate, just about every man-made surface there is could be covered in solar panels in the future. Yesterday, Tourouvre-au-Perche, a small town in northern France, opened what is likely the first road paved in solar panels in the world, the Guardian reported.



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