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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 […]



IBM releases the annual five innovations that will change our lives within five years

January 11th, 2017 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Imagine that you could have superhero vision, seeing in not only what we know as the visible spectrum, but using wavelengths that allow you to see through fog, and detect black ice. Or imagine a Star Trek-like medical tricorder that could take a tiny bit of body fluid and determine what was ailing you.



Solar-Powered pipe can desalinate over 1.5 Billion gallons of seawater

December 8th, 2016 at 2:00 pm » Comments Off

Is it a power station or a public art installation? Well, this shimmering piece of architectural wonder, called “The Pipe,” might just blur the lines between the two.



Researchers invent the ‘perfect’ soap molecule

November 30th, 2016 at 6:39 pm » Comments Off

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and […]



No more pointless idling with Pittsburgh’s new artificially intelligent stoplights

October 29th, 2016 at 6:19 am » Comments Off

Traffic lights are finally getting smarter in Pittsburgh. Thanks to a new pilot program from the tech startup Rapid Flow Technologies, Steel City now boasts 50 intersections whose stoplights are running artificial intelligence software known as Surtrac that reduces wait times on empty or lightly-traveled roads.



Electric car market is growing 10x faster than its dirty gasoline equivalent

October 18th, 2016 at 7:10 am » Comments Off

 There will be two million electric cars on the road by the end of 2016. Despite low oil prices, plug-in electric vehicles (EV) are charging forward worldwide, with more than 2 million expected to be on the roads by the end of 2016, according torecent market figures. Around 312,000 plug-in electric cars were sold during the […]



Beer Company Invents Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

October 10th, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean. Are you aware that 80% of the plastic humans throw away ends up in the oceans? The sad reality is made worse when one learns that, as a result, billions of […]



Snow-melting solar roads being tested publicly for the first time in US

October 9th, 2016 at 6:49 am » Comments Off

  A public square in Sandpoint, Idaho now has what looks like a light-up dance floor — 30 hexagonal tiles with flashing LEDs. But each tile is actually a solar panel, and collectively, the tiles will soon power a nearby fountain and restroom, according to Spokane-based news station KREM 2.



The first pop song ever written by AI is actually pretty good

September 27th, 2016 at 6:35 am » Comments Off

We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.



Freevolt: Radio Frequency Energy Harvesting

September 1st, 2016 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

“Radio frequency energy harvesting” might sound like snake oil — Free energy, pulled out of thin air? Yeah, right! — but the idea of using radio waves to transmit power has been around for more than a century and is finally coming into its own with the Internet of Things. Between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cell phones […]



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