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September 24th, 2014 at 9:59 am

Schiller X1 water bicycle allows riders to safely ride on water

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Water bicycle

An innovative bicycle designed by Schiller allows people to safely ride on water.  It is the world’s most advanced water bicycle with a responsive steering mechanism, multi-speed drive train, twin propellers, and dual chamber pontoons. (Video and pics)

 

 

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September 4th, 2014 at 11:12 am

The Sahara Forest Project will turn the desert into a source of food, water, and energy

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The Sahara Forest Project

The Sahara Forest Project is the brainchild of three entrepreneurs, Charlie Paton, Michael Pawlyn and Bill Watts. The project turns the Sahara desert into a source for food, water, and energy. The Sahara Forest Project is a solution that combines seemingly disparate technologies – Concentrated solar power and Seawater Greenhouses – and turns them into a mean, green super-massive biomachine. The elegant system could potentially produce enough energy for all of Africa and Europe while turning one of the world’s most inhospitable regions into a flourishing oasis.

 

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August 16th, 2014 at 8:08 am

17 year-old student invents device that produces clean energy and fresh water

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Cynthia Sin Nga Lam and the H2Pro

The lineup of finalists in this year’s Google Science Fair is impressive. Among the 15 inventions designed to make the world a better place, Cynthia Sin Nga Lam’s submission is definitely a major standout. Concerned about the millions of people living without energy and water, the 17-year-old student scientist from Australia built H2Pro – a Portable Photocatalytic Electricity Generation and Water Purification Unit that produces both clean energy and fresh water at the same time.

 

 

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August 4th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of the cultural moorings we need to guide us into the future.

 

 

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July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am

New spongelike material converts solar energy into steam

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The DLS that consists of a carbon foam supporting an exfoliated graphite layer.

MIT has developed a new material structure that generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.

 

 

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July 21st, 2014 at 10:41 am

Generating electricity from jumping water droplets

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This process can generate small amounts of electricity.

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic (water-repelling) surfaces during condensation, the droplets can gain electric charge in the process.

 

 

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May 12th, 2014 at 10:44 am

A ‘bioconcrete’ house that turns rain into drinking water

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Rain House

This concrete house turns into an oversized water filter every time it rains. Rainwater runs from the roof through a custom-designed system and ends up in a cistern, clean enough to drink. A demonstration building was on display during Milan Design Week last month, complete with a fake cloud overhead to show it in action. (Photos)

 

 

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April 17th, 2014 at 10:50 am

Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot, a pot that charges your smartphone by boiling water

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Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot.

The PowerPot is an awesome device that charges your phone by boiling water in a pot. The device has just become the next hot thing, thanks to its appearance on ABC’s hit reality show, “Shark Tank.” (Video)

 

 

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April 8th, 2014 at 9:45 am

New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable

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New method devised using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

 

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April 1st, 2014 at 9:05 am

Ooho – an edible water bottle that could save the planet

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Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche are London-based industrial design students who have created the Ooho, a blob-like water container made out of an edible algae membrane.

 

 

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