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Airlight Energy and IBM’s new sunflower-shaped solar concentrators produce energy and fresh water

October 1st, 2014 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) A cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower has just been unveiled by IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy. The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80 percent of it into useful energy, generating up to 12 kilowatts of electrical power and […]



Japanese company Obayashi plans to have a space elevator up and running by 2050

September 29th, 2014 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Space elevator The Japanese construction giant Obayashi has announced they will have a space elevator up and running by the year 2050. If successful it would revolutionize space travel and potentially transform the global economy. (Video)    



Progress in technology is driven by our growing addiction to ‘cognitive ecstasy’

September 29th, 2014 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

“Cognitive ecstasy” is one reason humans persevere in science, art, and invention. Humans are curious because discovery is pleasurable. In Jason Silva’s latest video. he says humans don’t care about spectacle—what we care about is ecstatic understanding: “In other words, cognitive ecstasy defined as an exhilarating neurostorm of intense intellectual pleasure.” (Video)



Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming: Nick Hanauer

September 26th, 2014 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and author An unrepentant capitalist and rich guy, Nick Hanauer has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic […]



Chinese hospital introduces hands-free automatic sperm extractor

September 26th, 2014 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Automatic sperm extractor. A hospital in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, China, has introduced a new machine that makes sperm donation even easier- an automatic hands-free sperm extractor. Have scientists gone a little too far with this invention? (Video)    



NASA blasts first 3D printer into space

September 25th, 2014 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

The machine hitching a ride on the Space X cargo shuttle isn’t your average, off-the-shelf MakerBot printer. The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida last week carrying something that’s never been taken into space: A 3D printer. When it docked with the ISS, it delivered the first machine capable of […]



ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hits 1 billion YouTube views

September 25th, 2014 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Rita Ora does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We can call this the summer of the Ice Bucket Challenge with videos of shivering people flooding social feeds around the world. And what a summer it was: we saw epic stunts, epic fails, quirky twists and a whole lot of celebrities. We learned a lot about the strange connections between famous […]



Schiller X1 water bicycle allows riders to safely ride on water

September 24th, 2014 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

Water bicycle An innovative bicycle designed by Schiller allows people to safely ride on water.  It is the world’s most advanced water bicycle with a responsive steering mechanism, multi-speed drive train, twin propellers, and dual chamber pontoons. (Video and pics)    



LittleBits’ BitLab is an app store for hardware

September 20th, 2014 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

LittleBits has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a hardware development kit that allows anyone access to LittleBits’ custom magnetic snap-together leads. (Videos) […]



Google Glass makes doctors better surgeons: Study

September 19th, 2014 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Wearables may improve clinical outcomes in the OR. Healthcare is one of the ripest markets for Google Glass and Glass-based apps. While patient care has become increasingly data-driven, doctors need a way to receive the data while remaining hands-on with patients. (Video)    



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