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New droplet-based electricity generator: A drop of water generates 140V power, lighting up 100 LED bulbs

February 13th, 2020 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

New droplet-based electricity generator: A drop of water generates 140V power, lighting up 100 LED bulbs A research team led by scientists from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has recently developed a droplet-based electricity generator (DEG) with a field-effect transistor (FET)-like structure that allows for high energy conversion efficiency and instantaneous power density […]



Hydrogen is a bad car fuel, but it’s the perfect boat fuel

February 9th, 2020 at 3:13 pm » Comments Off

Because boats are cars too There are issues inherent with hydrogen as a fuel for cars. It is incredibly expensive and energy intensive to create, it is difficult to pressurize and transport, and the infrastructure for hydrogen as fuel is far less developed than battery electric charging. A few automotive manufacturers, chiefly Honda and Toyota, […]



Everything you know about recycling is probably wrong

February 7th, 2020 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

A refresher for the new decade. The next time you pass a recycling bin, do yourself a favor and take a peek inside. See anything unusual? Let’s rip the Band-Aid off right now: Turns out many of the things we drop into recycling bins don’t go on to beautiful second lives as bespoke greeting cards […]



Unique ultrasonic cleaner cleans more efficiently than a washing machine

February 6th, 2020 at 3:02 pm » Comments Off

A unique ultrasonic cleaner has been created which is more efficient than a washing machine and takes the form of the Sonic Soak. The compact ultrasonic cleaner has been specifically created to offer users with the “ultimate portable cleaner” says its creators, providing state-of-the-art powerful ultrasonic cleaning technology in the palm of your hand.



Finland makes protein out of thin air; the future is weird

February 3rd, 2020 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

  Okay, so this is just cotton candy. But you get it. Were you blown away by the invention of a burger patty made of soy protein? Please. As usual, the Scandinavians are here to make us look like absolute dummies. A Finnish company has out-impossible’d the Impossible Burger with the invention of a protein […]



Igloo says goodbye to styrofoam coolers, releases biodegradable update

January 30th, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

  Styrofoam coolers are lightweight, cheap, and pretty good at keeping beverages cold. They’re also pretty bad for the environment. Styrofoam is Dow Chemical’s trademarked name for extruded polystyrene, and in addition to being conveniently disposable, it’s also a source of greenhouse gases, doesn’t degrade for centuries, and is highly flammable. Oh, and animals confuse […]



Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says over 300 companies have agreed to help plant one trillion trees

January 29th, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2020 KEY POINTS Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said Thursday that over 300 companies have joined his latest initiative to plant 1 trillion trees by the end of the decade. President Donald Trump announced U.S. government support for […]



Levi’s found a way to make hemp feel like cotton, and it could have big implications for your wardrobe

January 28th, 2020 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

  Denim icon Levi Strauss & Co. debuted garments made from a soft hemp-cotton blend in March, and head of innovation Paul Dillinger said he expects 100% cottonized-hemp products in about five years. Hemp uses significantly less water and chemicals than cotton during cultivation. Levi’s has found a way to soften hemp using far less […]



Scientists bring concrete to life & it might be the future of construction

January 22nd, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Today in weird news we didn’t expect to read: Researchers in Colorado have produced Franken-concrete. It’s alive, and it may be the future of green buildings.  Concrete is, quite literally, all around us. It, or versions of it, has been used since 1300 B.C., meaning even a trip to Roman ruins is surrounded by concrete. […]



Our pathetically slow shift to clean energy, in five charts

January 10th, 2020 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

We’d better pick up the pace in the 2020s. By most measures that matter, clean energy had a stellar decade. The cost of large wind and solar farms dropped by 70% and nearly 90%, respectively. Meanwhile, renewable-power plants around the world are producing four times more electricity than they did 10 years ago. Similarly, electric […]



Impossible Foods’ faux pork is just as convincing as its fake beef

January 10th, 2020 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

It can be used in dumplings, baos and more. Last year, Impossible Foods made headlines at CES when it introduced a new formulation of its Impossible Burger. It tasted so close to the real deal that we even gave it a Best of CES award. Now, Impossible Foods is back again at the annual tech […]



This leaf-shaped bottle cap condenses and collects atmospheric moisture, turning it into drinking water

January 7th, 2020 at 10:01 pm » Comments Off

Designed to magically ‘turn air into water’, the Limbe is a new sort of dehumidifier that works without electricity, giving its user access to drinking water throughout the day. Its unique leaf-inspired design harks back to how water droplets condense on the surface of leaves, while its 3D printed intricate PET structure helps guide those […]



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