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Stanford researchers develop a way to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night

November 22nd, 2014 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

How electrolysis could produce hydrogen as a way to store renewable energy. There isn’t a cost-effective way to store large-scale solar energy. But researchers at Stanford have developed a solution by using electrolysis to turn tanks of water and hydrogen into batteries. During the day, electricity from solar cells could be used to break apart […]



Micro-scallop robots can swim through your blood, eyeballs

November 21st, 2014 at 3:34 pm » Comments Off

A micro-scallop robot is only a fraction of a millimeter in size. Simplicity is important when designing robots on the micro or nano scale (like, small enough to fit inside your body). There just isn’t room for complex motors or actuation systems. There’s barely room for any electronics whatsoever, not to mention batteries, which is […]



Surgeons transplant ‘dead’ hearts into patients for the first time ever

November 13th, 2014 at 9:09 am » Comments Off

A specialized fluid and pump has been developed that provide the heart with oxygen, reducing damage and preserving the tissue. Two Australian patients have had hearts successfully transplanted that had been dead for over 20 minutes thanks to a new method of preservation. The ability to save hearts that have stopped beating will drastically widen the amount of […]



101 Endangered Jobs by 2030

November 7th, 2014 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.  



WASP’s giant 3D printer can build houses from mud in some of the most remote places on Earth

October 30th, 2014 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

This 3D printer has been developed to build cheap, sustainable houses using a clay-like paste. WASP, an Italian 3D printer company, demonstrated a giant, three-armed printer they created at Maker Faire Rome. WASP’s 3D printer is unique as it can be assembled on site within two hours, and then filled with mud and fiber to […]



3D printed maps will enable the blind to navigate their city

October 29th, 2014 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

3D printed map. While modern technology has benefited most of us by turning the things we consume from physical object into pixels on a screen, those with sight difficulties don’t get along well with visual stimuli or touchscreen devices. We have seen Yahoo! Japan develop Hands On Search, a project that lets blind kids carry out […]



100% of the world’s power could be supplied by renewables by 2050

October 29th, 2014 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Even though wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. A global low-carbon energy economy could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. The first ever global life-cycle assessment of clean energy sources shows that […]



Researchers create decoy protein that may stop cancer from spreading

October 24th, 2014 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

The decoy protein significantly slowed metastasis in the study. Often times, cancer begins in one part of the body and spreads elsewhere via the bloodstream or lymphatic system. This spreading, called metastasis, makes the disease deadly and difficult to halt—even using chemotherapy drugs with serious side effects.    



Futurework – how technology will redefine the culture of work

October 22nd, 2014 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

“We’re increasingly going to be working with technology, and clearly some technologies are going to replace us.” Former Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert Reich and Susan Hassler, editor in chief of IEEE Spectrum magazine, Susan Hassler , are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie […]



Kano – a $150 DIY computer and coding kit

October 20th, 2014 at 10:58 am » Comments Off

Kano Children today have access to smartphones, tablets and laptops. They are powerful and intuitive, offering the Web and an ever-growing library of apps to explore. Learning and accessing information has never been easier.    



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