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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 […]



India to boost demand-side energy efficiency by selling $6 LED lamp for $0.16

October 29th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

India plans to offer subsidized LED lamps to households to reduce power demand and improve energy efficiency. Measures have been initiated by the ministry of power in India to keep the promise of Prime Minister Modi to provide electricity supply and lamps to all households in the country by the end of the decade. The latest measure […]



Plug-in electric vehicles to communicate with electric companies via the cloud

October 29th, 2014 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

A two-way communication platform would allow plug-in electric vehicles to work with power grids. Ford Motor Company and seven global automakers have joined together for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the […]



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 […]



A 2D material that generates electricity from movement could someday be woven into our clothes

October 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am » Comments Off

The 2D material is known as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). A transparent, flexible material only as thick as an atom could one day power our electronics, according to a paper published to be published in Nature. And the best part is it could generate electricity from walking, running and other everyday motions.    



Superfast internet speeds could enable futurist tech by 2025

October 28th, 2014 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Blazing fast speeds will bring about the kind of connectivity people have been dreaming about for a long time. If the Internet were 100 times faster than it is today, how would this super-high-speed connectivity affect the economy, health care and education?    



Sweden is close to being the first country in the world to eliminate cash

October 28th, 2014 at 11:52 am » Comments Off

It could take up to the year 2030 for physical money to disappear from Sweden’s system altogether. Four out of five purchases in Sweden are paid for electronically or by card according to a new report from the Swedish news organization, The Local. They also report that Swedes are using electronic payments 260 times per […]



Trade schools in the digital age feed a need for software developers

October 28th, 2014 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

“There are almost five jobs for every one web developer.” Coding boot camps are quietly emerging at the new vocational school for the digital age. This new educational institution is devoted to creating much needed software developers.



French Twitter users can now tweet payments using S-money service

October 28th, 2014 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Twitter users can tweet a payment to their followers. Twitter users in France can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country’s second-largest banking service.    



Frozen poop pills can help fight life-threatening intestinal infections

October 28th, 2014 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

The frozen pills take the place of fecal transplants. A new study has found that just two days of a treatment with poop in pill form can cure a dangerous infection that kills 14,000 Americans per year.    



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