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Amazing new metal can make water bounce

January 31st, 2015 at 4:53 pm » Comments Off

University of Rochester scientists have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it.  They used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself rather than using chemical coatings.

The rise of fake engine noise

January 31st, 2015 at 4:44 pm » Comments Off

The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is a sham.  Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and the meaty, throaty rumble, you hear is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether.

Roll to roll manufactured decorative solar panels to be 10 times cheaper

January 29th, 2015 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

Based on printing technologies, VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and utilized a mass production method allowing the manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels.  Freedom of design increases the range of panel applications on the surfaces of interior and exterior building spaces.

The Internet of Things growing with help from declining sensor costs

January 29th, 2015 at 1:58 pm » Comments Off

Rapidly declining costs of sensors is one of the major factors in the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) —the networking of the physical world within existing Internet infrastructure.

37 Critical Problems that need to be Solved for Drone Delivery to become Viable

January 28th, 2015 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: It all started when Toni, one of our staffers working on our flying drone workshop, asked me a simple question. She asked, “Since I live in an apartment complex, if I order something to be delivered by drone, where would they leave the package?”    

8 Solar trends for 2015 to follow

January 28th, 2015 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

  GTM Research’s solar analysts release every quarter, the most important data and findings from the past three months.  The most important charts from the Q4 2014 Solar Executive Briefing follow.

Tesla Motors “Destination Charging”: Fast-Growing Network Beyond Superchargers

January 28th, 2015 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

One of the most commonly cited arguments against electric cars is range anxiety.  Tesla Motors has been rapidly expanding its Supercharger network in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia to combat this fear of not having a place to charge before your battery quits.

Creating a bacterial kill switch using genome engineering

January 28th, 2015 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Researchers announced in 2011 that they had reprogrammed the genome of the bacteria E. coli so that one of DNA’s methods of encoding information went unused.  While a technological breakthrough, the scientists didn’t do anything with the new bit of genetic code.  Now only a few years later, two different groups have taken this technological tour-de-force, and are using […]

The Apple App Store makes more money than Hollywood box office

January 28th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Hollywood has long been the cash cow of entertainment in the U.S., but now Apple is schooling the entertainment industry on how to bring in the cash with the App Store.

BMW, VW join forces to build fast-charging stations for electric cars in US

January 27th, 2015 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

German car companies, BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up with ChargePoint to install a network of fast-charging stations for electric cars in the U.S.

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