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Solar-powered moisture harvester collects and cleans water from air

March 22nd, 2019 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Access to clean water remains one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. A breakthrough by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may offer a new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water. The breakthrough, described in a recent issue of the journal Advanced […]



Refrigerants not required: Flexible metal cooling prototype demonstrates extreme efficiency

March 20th, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

The prototype heating/cooling system uses the remarkable properties of shape-memory nitinol metals for environmentally friendly cooling and heating A German research team has prototyped an extraordinary heating/cooling system that stresses and unloads nickel-titanium “muscle wires” to create heated and cooled air at twice the efficiency of a heat pump or three times the efficiency of […]



OGarden Smart grows fresh veggies year-round in your house

March 5th, 2019 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

This curious rotating garden boasts automatic watering and space for up to 90 plants at any given time. If you like the idea of growing your own vegetables indoors all year round, then you should check out the new and improved OGarden Smart. It’s a rotating Ferris wheel of sorts that can hold up to […]



Google’s DeepMind can predict wind patterns a day in advance

March 3rd, 2019 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

DeepMind knows which way the wind blows Wind power has become increasingly popular, but its success is limited by the fact that wind comes and goes as it pleases, making it hard for power grids to count on the renewable energy and less likely to fully embrace it. While we can’t control the wind, Google […]



I rode the 300-pound electric tricycle that could be the future of urban deliveries

February 21st, 2019 at 1:04 pm » Comments Off

Piloting Rad Power Bikes’ hefty e-tricycle was intimidating at first, but it was quickly clear what an important tool it will be in replacing vehicles in cities. One of the first things that Brian Rinckenberger, commercial sales director for Rad Power Bikes, tells me as I sit perched on the saddle of one of the […]



Transparent solar panels will turn windows into green energy collectors

February 19th, 2019 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

  A team of researchers from Michigan State University managed to develop a fully transparent solar panels – a breakthrough that could lead to countless applications in architecture, as well as other fields such as mobile electronics or the automotive industry. Previous attempts to create such a device have been made, but results were never […]



Generator that creates electricity from gravity could revolutionize renewable energy

February 14th, 2019 at 1:29 pm » Comments Off

A Dutch inventor has successfully created a contraption that generates electricity from gravity – and it could revolutionize the future of renewable energy. Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, from Universe Architecture, has developed a method to generate free energy in a sustainable way at home. The patent-pending technique, whereby energy is released by perpetually unbalancing a […]



Milk without the Cow. Eggs without the Chicken

February 13th, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet. In 2008, the biotech industry had fallen on tough times: capital was drying up and businesses were struggling to survive. That’s when Ryan Bethencourt saw an opportunity. A biologist with an entrepreneurial streak, he and a couple of friends started buying equipment from […]



The home of the future isn’t smart — It’s ‘Living’ and green

February 8th, 2019 at 1:35 am » Comments Off

The varied universes of science fiction often offer inspiration for emerging technologies, or at least fitting leads for articles to describe them. Take the spaceship Moya from a sci-fi series called “Farscape,” which follows the adventures of a ragtag team of aliens very much in the spirit of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Moya is a […]



This is what the cities of the future could look like

January 21st, 2019 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Could hyperloops be the future of inner-city travel?



Giving up gas: China’s Shenzhen switches to electric taxis

January 14th, 2019 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet. The high-tech hub of Shenzhen in southern China announced at the start of this year that 99 percent of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric. Last year, it still had 7,500 gasoline-powered […]



Microorganisms that eat seaweed can create biodegradable plastic

January 6th, 2019 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Ocean Of Opportunity Earth’s oceans contain tens of millions of tons of plastic pollution. But a new technique that creates biodegradable plastics out of seaweed could finally give the oceans relief. Bioplastics are plastics manufactured from biomass sources instead of fossil fuels. Many degrade far more quickly than traditional plastics, but creating them typically requires […]



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